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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Rap and Hip-Hop Research Resources: African Hip-hop

Suggested Articles

1. Brown, Jacqueline Nassy. (1998). "Black Liverpool, Black America, and the Gendering of Diasporic Space." Cultural Anthropology, Vol. 13, No. 3, pp. 291-325.

This article informs the reader about the issues of racial and ethnic identities among Liverpudlians and black Americans. The author also discusses the issues of local gender ideologies of these two regions connected by the unfolding of the post-war period, U.S. Civil Rights and Black Power Movements. While not entirely about hip-hop, the article should help to inform the interconnectedness of Africans and their culture to other countries beyond Africa.

2. Meghelli, Samir. (2013). "Remixing the Historical Record: Revolutions in Hip-Hop Historiography." Western Journal of Black Studies. Vol. 37, No. 2, pp. 94-192

Samir Meghelli, Assistant Professor in the Department of African American Studies at UIUC, discusses the role of historians concerning the documentation and preservation of hip-hop. He uses James G. Spady and his book Nation Conscious Rap, among many other scholars and writers, to support his argument and elaborate on their importance in inquiring deeper into the culture and establishing a relationship with marginalized communities involved in the hip-hop movement.

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