Hip Hop in America: A Regional Guide

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Mickey Hess
ABC-CLIO, Nov 25, 2009 - Music - 1046 pages
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An insightful new resource that looks at the rise of American hip hop as a series of distinct regional events, with essays covering the growth of hip hop culture in specific cities across the nation.

* 24 essays in two volumes on U.S. cities that have developed distinctive hip hop identities, from New York and Los Angeles to surprising locations such as Minneapolis and Honolulu

* 20 contributors, each an established expert with connections to the location they are describing

* Nearly 100 images of key personalities, clubs, cities, and scenes

* A chronology highlighting the pivotal moments in the history of hip hop in the United States, from its African and Caribbean origins to the recent rise of Southern rap (Outkast, Ludacris, Lil Wayne)

* A rich bibliography of print and online sources for further exploration

* A comprehensive index of people, places, songs, and terms


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this book is excellent for research. it has really helped me in my Social Studies Fair topic about rap music.


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Mickey Hess is assistant professor of English at Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ. He is the editor of Greenwood's Icons of Hip Hop: An Encyclopedia of the Music, Movement, and Culture and his previous works include Praeger's Is Hip Hop Dead? The Past, Present, and Future of America's Most Wanted Music.

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