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ES207 Hip Hop and Ya' Don't Stop: Getting Started, Generally

ES207 Hip Hop and Ya' Don't Stop

Hot Search Tips!

This guide is intended to help you explore the world of Hip Hop!


  • you want to find works by a performer, do an AUTHOR search in the Tiger catalog.  This will bring up anything she has created (scores, recordings, writings, etc).  Select VIEW ENTIRE COLLECTION from the drop-down box.
  • you want to find out about a performer, rap artist,  do a SUBJECT search. Select VIEW ENTIRE COLLECTION from the drop-down box.


  • You'll find books about music in Tutt Library.
  • You'll find music works (scores, media) in the Music Library.


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What is Hip Hop?

The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition, describes Hip Hop:

"Hip Hop

A collective term for urban art forms that emerged in the 1970s beginning in New York City. Initially the term was applied to the artistic outlets of b-boying/b-girling (what cultural outsiders recognized as breakdancing), graffiti writing, MC-ing, and DJ-ing, but as it has grown into a global phenomenon, hip hop has come to embrace fashion, language, and lifestyle.

Hip hop took root in the socio-cultural context of post-Civil Rights era New York City. White flight in the wake of integration depleted local, urban economies of the consumer power necessary to support local businesses. Unemployment in these areas skyrocketed. Urban planning, in particular the Cross-Bronx expressway (spearheaded by Robert Moses), uprooted established South Bronx communities, leaving gangs to rule the neighborhoods. At the same time, a deep fiscal crisis left the state and city of New York unable to support social services in impoverished areas. Landlords burned down their tenement buildings, taking easy insurance money over intermittent rent payments from unemployed tenants, further exacerbating the lack of sufficient housing for Bronx residents. In this context, local youth transformed neglect into numerous creative outlets expressing their frustration, joy, energy, anger, agency, and solidarity. Individual forms of expression associated with this culture—including DJ-ing (manipulating record turntables to provide continuous breakbeats for dancers; see DJ (ii); Breakbeat), MC-ing (or emceeing, speaking in rhymes over a DJ’s beat), b-boying/b-girling (dancing specifically oriented to the beats provided by the DJ; see Breakdancing), and writing (graffiti or aerosol art)—have come to be known as hip hop’s original “elements.”.....


~Felicia M. Miyakawa




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