Hip Hop around the World
An Encyclopedia [2 volumes]
by Melissa Ursula Dawn Goldsmith and Anthony J. Fonseca, Editors
December 2018, 894pp, 7x10
2 volumes, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-35758-9
$208, £160, 181€, A285
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Hip hop informs expression among youth in many countries, even those where freedom of expression is challenged.

This set covers all aspects of international hip hop as expressed through music, art, fashion, dance, and political activity.

Hip hop music has gone from being a marginalized genre in the late 1980s to the predominant style of music in America, the UK, Nigeria, South Africa, and other countries around the world. Hip Hop around the World includes more than 450 entries on global hip hop culture as it includes music, art, fashion, dance, social and cultural movements, organizations, and styles of hip hop. Virtually every country is represented in the text.

Most of the entries focus on music styles and notable musicians and are unique in that they discuss the sound of various hip hop styles and musical artists’ lyrical content, vocal delivery, vocal ranges, and more. Many additional entries deal with dance styles, such as breakdancing or b-boying/b-girling, popping/locking, clowning, and krumping, and cultural movements, such as black nationalism, Nation of Islam, Five Percent Nation, and Universal Zulu Nation. Country entries take into account politics, history, language, authenticity, and personal and community identification. Special care is taken to draw relationships between people and entities such as mentor-apprentice, producer-musician, and more.


  • Includes contributors from a range of fields, including musicology, theater, and anthropology, giving readers a broad perspective on the genre
  • Covers hip hop in virtually every country, including countries with severely restricted hip hop activity
  • Contains comprehensive lists of record labels, films, editor-recommended videos, and more
  • Shows the influence hip hop has on many aspects of life, such as politics, fashion, dance, and art
Melissa Ursula Dawn Goldsmith is visiting lecturer/associate professor in the Music Department and College of Graduate and Continuing Education at Westfield State University, where she teaches World Music and Music Appreciation. She also teaches Rock Music and Literature at Elms College. She has written books and chapters on film music, music librarianship, bhangra and hip hop, beat poetry, and information literacy. Her articles appear in various journals, including Notes, Naturlaut, Choice, and Portal. She co-owns the Dapper Kitty Music label.

Anthony J. Fonseca is library director and associate professor at Elms College, where he teaches First Year Seminar and Rock Music and Literature. He has published books and chapters on horror authors, horror literature, bhangra and hip hop, film music, library purchasing models, and information literacy. His articles have appeared in various journals, including Portal, Technical Services Quarterly, Computers in Libraries, and Codex: The Journal of the Louisiana Chapter of the ACRL. He co-owns the Dapper Kitty Music label.


"This resource will be most useful to high school students and beginning undergraduates...Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates; general readers."—Choice, July 1, 2019

"...educators and teachers at all levels will find these volumes helpful...A welcome reference source for both high school and college/university libraries."—ARBA, March 1, 2019
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