|Unit 1 |
|Introduction and overview||Wild Style (Charlie Ahearn, 1983)|| |
Watkins. Prologue, Introduction, Chapter One, Nine, Epilogue (pp. 1-55; 229-259).
Dyson. 'This Dark Diction has Become America's Addiction" and "It's Trendy to be The Conscious MC." pp. 40-87.
Perkins. "The Rap Attacks: An Introduction." pp. 1-45.
Potter. "Introduction." pp. 1-23.
|Unit 2 |
The Freshest Kids: A History of the B-Boy (Israel, 2002)
Everybody Dance Now (documentary for PBS series Dance In America/Great Performances, 1991)
Rhyme and Reason (Peter Spirer, 1997)
DeFrantz, Thomas. "The Black Beat Made Visible: Body Power in Hip Hop Dance." In Of the Presence of the Body: Essays on Dance and Performance Theory. Edited by Andre Lepecki. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2004, pp. 64-81. ISBN: 9780819566126.
Hazzard-Donald, Katrina. "Dance in Hip Hop Culture." In Forman and Neal, pp. 505-517.
Banes, Sally. "Breaking." In Forman and Neal, pp. 13-20.
Thompson, Robert F. "Hip Hop 101." In Perkins, pp. 211-219.
|Unit 3 |
|Graffiti, fashion, and visual culture||Style Wars (Tony Silver and Harry Chalfant, 1983) in class|| |
Austin, Joe. "Taking The Trains: The Formation and Structure of 'Writing Culture' in the Early 1970s" and "The Walls and the World: Writing Culture, 1982-1990." Taking the Train: How Graffiti Art Became an Urban Crisis in New York City. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 2001, pp. 38-74, and 227-267. ISBN: 9780231111430.
Wimsatt, William Upski. "Suckers Don't Last a Minute: Good Rhyme, Bad Theory" and "Hip-Hop is Supposed to Eliminate Itself." In Bomb the Suburbs. New York, NY: Soft Skull Press, 1995, pp. 145-155. ISBN: 9780964385504.
Specter, Michael. "I Am Fashion: Puff Daddy Packages His World." The New Yorker. September 9, 2002, pp. 116-127. (PDF - 5.2 MB)
Flinker, Susan. "Fashion." In Fresh: Hip Hop Don't Stop. pp. 55-78.
|Unit 4 |
|Sex and sexuality||Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes (Byron Hurt, 2005)|| |
Keyes. "Daughters of the Blues: Women, Race, and Class Representation in Rap Music Performance." pp. 186-209.
Dyson. "'Cover Your Eyes as I Describe a Scene So Violent': Violence, Machismo, Sexism, and Homophobia." pp. 91-122.
Rose, Tricia. "One Queen, One Tribe, One Destiny." In Rock She Wrote: Women Write About Rock, Pop, and Rap. Edited by Evelyn McDonnell and Ann Powers. New York, NY: Cooper Square Press, 1999, pp. 312-317. ISBN: 9780815410188.
|Unit 5 |
|Anarchy and activism||Rhyme and Reason (Peter Spirer, 1997) in class|| |
Watkins. Chapters 5, 6, and 7, pp. 143-205.
Kitwana, Bakari. "The Challenge of Rap Music from Cultural Movement to Political Power." In Forman and Neal, pp. 341-362.
Watts, Eric K. "An Exploration of Spectacular Consumption: Gangsta Rap as Cultural Commodity." In Forman and Neal, pp. 593-609.
Kelley, Robin D. G. "Kickin' Reality, Kickin' Ballistics: The Politics of "Gangsta Rap" in Postindustrial Los Angeles." In Perkins, pp. 117-158.
Allen, Ernest, Jr. "Making the Strong Survive: The Contours and Contradictions of "Message Rap."" In Perkins, pp. 159-191.
Rose. Chapter 4, pp. 99-145.
Lipsitz, George. "The Hip Hop Hearings: Censorship, Social Memory, and Intergenerational Tensions Among African Americans." In Generations of Youth: Youth Cultures and History in Twentieth Century America. Edited by Joe Austin and Michael Nevin Willard. New York, NY: NYU Press, 1998, pp. 395-411. ISBN: 9780814706466.
George. "Black Owned," "Where My Eyes Can See," "Capitalist Tool," "Too Live," and "Da Joint." pp. 56-75, 97-113, 154-175, 178-192, and 208-210.
|Unit 6 |
Misogyny and feminism
Nobody Knows My Name (Rachel Raimist, 1999)
Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme (Kevin Fitzgerald, 2000)
Watkins. Chapter 8, pp. 207-227.
Collins, Patricia Hill. "Is the Personal Still Political? The Women's Movement, Feminism, and Black Women in the Hip-Hop Generation." In From Black Power to Hip Hop: Racism, Nationalism, and Feminism. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 2006. pp. 161-197. ISBN: 9781592130924.
Morgan, Joan. "Hip Hop Feminist." In Forman and Neal, pp. 277-282.
Pough, Gwendolyn D. "My Cipher Keeps Movin' Like a Rollin' Stone: Black Women's Expressive Cultures and Black Feminist Legacies." In Check It While I Wreck It: Black Womanhood, Hip-Hop Culture, and the Public Sphere. Boston, MA: Northeastern University Press, 2004, pp. 41-74. ISBN: 9781555536077.
Dyson. "Nappy-Head Ho's, Worse than Bitch Niggaz." pp. 123-151.
Rose. Chapter 5, pp. 146-182.
Rose, Tricia. "Never Trust a Big Butt and a Smile." In Forman and Neal, pp. 291-306.
Guevara, Nancy. "Women Writin' Rappin' Breakin." In Perkins, pp. 49-62.
Boyd, Todd. "A Small Introduction to the 'G' Funk era: Gangsta Rap and Black Masculinity in Contemporary Los Angeles." In Am I Black Enough For You? Popular Culture from the 'Hood and Beyond. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1997, pp. 60-81. ISBN: 9780253211057.
|Unit 7 |
Dyson. "'How Real is This?' Prisons., iPods, Pips, and the Search for Authentic Homes." pp. 1-37.
Miyakawa, Felicia M. "Introduction" and "History of and Theology of the Five Percent Nation." In Five Percenter Rap: God Hop's Music, Message, and Black Muslim Mission. (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2005, pp. 1-37. ISBN: 9780253217639.
|Unit 8 |
|Globalization||Resistencia: Hip-Hop in Colombia (Tom Feiling, 2002)|| |
Condry, Ian. "A History of Japanese Hip Hop: Street Dance, Club Scene, Pop Market." In Global Noise: Global Noise: Rap and Hip Hop Outside the USA. Edited by Tony Mitchell. Middlebury, VT: University Press of New England, 2002. pp. 222-247. ISBN: 9780819565020.
Bennett, Andy. "Hip-Hop am Main, Rappin' on the Tyne: Hip-Hop Culture as a Local Construct in Two European Cities." In Forman and Neal, pp. 177-200.
|Unit 9 |
|DJ'ing and musicality||Scratch (Doug Pray, 2001)|| |
London. "Transmaterializing the Breakbeat" and "Virtualizing the Breakbeat." pp. 13-25; 67-77.
Explore Battle sounds
|Unit 10 |
|Mediation and science fiction|| |
Schumacher, Thomas G. "This is a Sampling Sport: Digital Sampling, Rap Music, and the Law in Cultural Production." In Forman and Neal, pp. 443-458.
London. "Motion Capture," pp. 175-193.
|Unit 11 |
Jails, Hospitals, Hip Hop (Mark Benjamin, Danny Hoch, 2002)
Black and White (2000)
8 Mile (2002)
Watkins. Chapter 3, pp. 83-110.
Hoare, Ian. "Mighty, Mighty Spade and Whitey: Black Lyrics and Soul's Interaction with White Culture." In The Soul Book. Edited by Ian Hoare, et al. New York, NY: Dell Publishing, 1976, pp. 117-168. ISBN: 9780440580140.
|Unit 12 |