Hip Hop Culture

by Emmett G. Price III


It was born on the streets of the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Harlem, and after years underground it emerged in Los Angeles, Japan, France and beyond to become an extraordinarily rich and often controversial wellspring of music, movies, language, and fashion. Once seen as a novelty, Hip Hop culture has become part of the mainstream—a mainstay of cable TV and shopping malls, as familiar to Madison Avenue as it is to Main Street.

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May 2006


Pages 348
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Popular Culture/Music and Performing Arts
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This work is a revealing chronicle of Hip Hop culture from its beginnings three decades ago to the present, with an analysis of its influence on people and popular culture in the United States and around the world.

From Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five's "The Message," to Jay-Z, Diddy, and 50 Cent, Hip Hop Culture is the first comprehensive reference work to focus on one of the most influential cultural phenomena of our time. Scholarly and streetwise, backed by statistics, documents, and research, it recounts three decades of Hip Hop’s evolution, highlighting its defining events, recordings, personalities, movements, and ideas, as well as society's response.

How did an inner-city subculture, all but dismissed in the early 1980s, become the ruler of the world’s airwaves and iPods? Who are the players who moved Hip Hop from the record bins to the pinnacles of entertainment, business, and fashion? Who are the founders, innovators, legends, and major players? Authoritative and authentic, Hip Hop Culture provides a wealth of information and insights for students, educators, and anyone interested in the ways pop culture reflects and shapes our lives.


  • An extensively researched narrative of the history of Hip Hop in four informative, richly detailed chapters
  • More than 50 photographs of Hip Hop’s major players, scenes, and styles
  • An extensive annotated bibliography of print and online resources, plus listings of important organizations, associations, and programs dedicated to Hip Hop culture
  • A comprehensive glossary of terms and phrases such as "bling bling" and "thuglife"
  • Sidebars on fascinating topics, reflecting the latest research and statistical data
  • Analyses of the 50 most influential Hip Hop songs and the 30 most influential Hip Hop albums


  • The first reference work to offer a comprehensive study of the 30-year history of Hip Hop culture in all its expressions—not just music, but fashion, language, lifestyle, and business
  • Looks at Hip Hop from social, political, economic, and cultural perspectives
  • Provides expert analysis on the major issues and controversies of Hip Hop—commercialism and commodification, censorship, violence, the degradation of women, and more
  • Combines scholarship and insider credibility to provide a wealth of information and insights to students, educators, and general readers
Author Info

Emmett G. Price III is assistant professor of music and African American studies at Northeastern University, Boston, MA, and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Popular Music Studies.



"This one-stop resource is excellent for students interested in conducting research into a cultural phenomenon as well as fans wanting to broaden their knowledge of favorite artists."—VOYA

"Hip Hop Culture documents the sweeping progress of the movement as a whole. ... Chapters thus blend biographical sketches with an overall attention to cultural change to make this essential reading for any student of the movement."—Midwest Book Review

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