Hip Hop In America: A Regional Guide

TitleHip Hop In America: A Regional Guide: Volume 2, The Midwest, The South and Beyond
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2010
AuthorHess, Mickey
PublisherGreenwood Press, An Imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC
CitySanta Barbara, CA
Publication Languageeng
ISBN or ASIN Number2147483647
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In the three decades since its beginnings on the streets of the Bronx, hip hop has become a signature genre of American music- a genuine cultural phenomenon. Although hip hop was once defined by its legendary East Coast/ West Coast rivalries, New York and Los Angeles aren't the whole story. Around the nation, places as unlikely as Honolulu and Louisville have put their own distinctive spin on the music.

Thoroughly researched and in tune with the culture, Hip Hop In America: A Regional Guide profiles two dozen specific hip hop scenes across the United States, showing how each place shaped a singular identity. The two volumes span the complete history of rap - from its 1970s origins to the rap battles between Queens and the Bronx in the 1980s, from the well-publicized East Coast vs. West Coast conflicts in the 1990s to the rise of the Midwest and South over the past twn years. Each essay showcases the history of the local scene, including the MCs, DJs, b-boys and b-girls, label owners, hip hop clubs, and radio shows that have created distinct styles of hip hop culture. Through its unique geographic perspective, it captures the astonishing diversity of a genre that has captivated the nation and the world.