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Just that: an extensive categorization of rap music and links. You will be amazed.


Cross Movement

Urban Ministry to a Hip-Hop Generation. Cross Movement Ministries and Cross Movement Records now two separate organizations. The latter is a Christian Rap label.


Feed Mobile

A Canadian magazine that focuses on Christian hip-hop (rap music) worldwide.


KeyWorlds Link Lane

Extensive list of links, all kinds of secular hip-hop sites.






Dyson, Michael Eric (2001) Holler if You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur, NY: Basic Civitas Books of Perseus Books Group, 292 pp. Endorsement from Cornel West, Quincy Jones and Russell Simmons ought to be enough. Chapter headings: “Dear Mama: motherhood and a hood’s mother,” “The Son of a Panther: A postrevolutionary childhood,” “No Malcolm X in my History Text: school, learning, and Tupac’s books,” “Give Me a Paper and a Pen: Tupac’s place in hip-hop,” “For All the Real N….s Out There: Authenticity Blues,” “Do We Hate Our Women: female per versions,”But Do the Lord Care: God, suffering, compassion, and death in the ghetto,” “I Got Your Name Tatted on my Arm: reading the black body”… should be enough to arouse interest in this book.



Gee, Alex & John Teter (2003) Jesus and the Hip-Hop Prophets: Spiritual Insights from Lauryn Hill & Tupac Shakur, Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 116 pp.  Some will object to linking Lauryn and Tupac with Jesus, but this is a provocative little book that interprets lyrics in light of urban streets and spiritual thoughts that can rise from those streets and from hip-hop. Alex Gee is pastor of Life Family Worship Center, Madison, WI and John Teter is area director for InterVarsity for the Metro South Bay in LA.



George, Nelson (1998) Hip-Hop America, Penguin,  240pp. Rolling Stone describes Nelson George as “the most insightful hip hop writer on the planet.” Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times adds (he is) “knowledgeable, opinionated, fascinating… animated by a passion for the music.” George is not only committed to this movement and music; he is able to criticize it.



Kitwana, Bakari (1994) The Rap on Gangsta Rap: Who Run It?: Gangsta Rap and Visions of Black Violence, Chicago, IL: Third World Press, 75pp. One of the first black criticisms of rap gone thug, this courageous little book is praised by Bell Hooks and Useni Perkins.



Kitwana, Bakari (2002) The Hip-Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African-American Culture, New York: BasicCivitasBooks, 230 pp. This book is more about black generations, the history and culture of hip hop, but it also provides some background and critique of rap music and its stars.



LL Cool J with Karen Hunter (1997) I Make My Own Rules, NY: St. Martin’s Press, 234 pp. The Source comments: “A stellar example of how to endure, grow up and become an adult in the perpetually adolescent world or rap.” Cool himself says, “There are rebels and there are innovators. I’m an innovator.”



Neate, Patrick (2004) Where You’re At: Notes from the Frontline of a Hip-Hop Planet, New York: Riverhead Books of Penguin, 274pp. A hip-hop aficionado and participant describe the hip-hop scene from the South Bronx in New York, Tokyo, Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Rio De Janeiro. Focusing primarily on rap music, this is written from the standpoint of some of its artists and fans.



Nelson, Havelock & Michael A. Gonzalez (1991) Bring the Noise: A Guide to Rap Music and Hip-Hop Culture, New York: Harmony Books, 298 pp. Plenty of facts here for the hardcore aficionado or interested new fan. “Here you will learn about the importance of Public Enemy, the meaning of KRS-One’s name, M.C. Hammer’s place in the rap universe, the rise of gangsta rap and much more. Applauded by Nelson George.



Ro, Ronin (1996) Gangsta: merchandizing the rhymes of violence, NY: St. Martin’s Press, 194 pp.  A fast-and-hard-living Latino jumps into the rap discussion with “energy, insight and bad attitude.”



Sexton, Adam, ed. (1995) Rap On Rap: Straight-Up Talk on Hip-Hop Culture, New York: Dell Publishing, 270pp. These provocative and insightful essays provide another bold, Black exploration and critique of rap and hip-hop. This book will really help someone understand rap’s form and meaning.



Stanley, Lawrence A. (1992) Rap, The Lyrics: The words to rap’s greatest hits, NY: Penguin, 400 pp. Here are 150 lyrics from the era of classic rap. Of course you can fiddle through Google or your favorite lyrics site, but here they are laid out for you in hard copy like a classic poetry anthology.



Toop, David (1984, 2000) Rap Attack #3: African Rap to Global Hip-Hop, London: Serpent’s Tail, 229 pp. The Source calls this “The One Classic Standout.” The author has collected interviews with early pioneers and has examined rap’s climb to multi-million dollar business. Here you will also get into “the hidden world of B Boys, Hip Hoppers and Planet Rockers,” according to Charlie Gillett. The Village Voice opined that Toop “records the vertiguously metamorphic nature of Afro-American culture.” The Record Mirror concludes this to be “the most authoritative book yet on the New York street phenomenon.” Of course these statements were all from the mid-1980s, but the book is still used.


Dean Borgman, cCYS