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A Hip Hop and Postcolonial Studies Bibliography:

Aidi, Hisham. Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture. New York: Pantheon, 2014.

Alim, H. Samy. Roc the Mic Right: The Language of Hip Hop Culture. New York: Routledge, 2006.

Ameli, Saied Reza. Globalization, Americanization and British Muslim Identity. London: Islamic College for Advanced Studies Press, 2002.

Appiah, Kwame Anthony. In My Father’s House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.

Ashcroft, William. Post-Colonial Studies: The Key Concepts. London: Routledge, 2000.

Back, Les. The Art of Listening. New York: Bloomsbury, 2007.

Baker, Houston A., Jr. Blues, Ideology, and Afro-American Literature: A Vernacular Theory. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984.

———. Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987.

Baraka, Amiri (Jones, LeRoi). Black Music. New York: William Morrow, 1968.

———. Blues People: The Negro Experience in White America and the Music that Developed from It. New York: William Morrow, 1963.

Berger, Harris M. and Michael Thomas Carroll, Global Pop, Local Language. Jackson: University of Mississippi Press, 2003.

Bhabha, Homi. The Location of Culture. London: Routledge Classics, 1994.

Bramwell, Richard. UK Hip-Hop, Grime and the City: The Aesthetics and Ethics of London’s Rap Scenes. London: Routledge, 2015.

Brubaker, Rogers. Citizenship and Nationhood in France and Germany. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1992.

Butler, Judith. Excitable Speech: A Politics of the Performative. New York: Routledge, 1997.

———. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. New York: Routledge, 1990.

Césaire, Aimé. Discourse on Colonialism. Translated by Joan Pinkham. New York: Monthly Review Press, 1972.

Chang, Jeff. Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2005.

Coates, Ta-Nehisi. Between the World and Me. New York: Spiegel and Grau, 2015.

Condry, Ian. Hip-Hop Japan: Rap and the Paths of Cultural Globalization. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2006.

da Silva, Denise Ferreira. Toward a Global Idea of Race. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007.

Dawson, Ashley. Mongrel Nation: Diasporic Culture and the Making of Postcolonial Britain. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2007.

Dean, John, and Jean-Paul Gabilliet, eds. European Readings of American Popular Culture. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1996.

Derrida, Jacques. Of Grammatology. Translated by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1967.

Du Bois, W. E. B. The Souls of Black Folk. Edited by David W. Blight and Robert Gooding-Williams. New York: Bedford Books, 1997.

Durand, Alain-Philippe, ed. Black, Blanc, Beur: Rap Music and Hip-Hop Culture in the Francophone World. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2002.

Edwards, Brent Hayes. The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation, and the Rise of Black Internationalism. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2003.

Ellison, Ralph. Shadow and Act. New York: Vintage, 1964.

Fanon, Frantz. Black Skin, White Masks [Peau noire, masques blancs] (1952). Translated by C. L. Markham. London: Pluto Press, 1986.

———. The Wretched of the Earth. Paris: Présence Africaine, 1963.

Fehrenbach, Heide, and Ute G. Poiger, eds. Transactions, Transgressions, Transformations: American Culture in Western Europe and Japan. New York: Berghahn Books, 2000.

Floyd, Samuel A., Jr. The Power of Black Music: Interpreting its History from Africa to the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.

Forman, Murray. The ‘Hood Comes First; Race, Space, and Place in Rap and Hip Hop. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2002.

Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of African-American Literary Criticism. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.

Gilroy, Paul. The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness. New York: Verso, 1993.

———. Small Acts. New York: Serpent’s Tail, 1993.

———. “There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack”: The Cultural Politics of Race and Nation. London: Hutchinson, 1987.

Glissant, Édouard. Caribbean Discourse: Selected Essays [Le Discours Antillais], trans. J. Michael Dash. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1989.

Guillory, Monique, and Richard C. Green, eds. Soul: Black Power, Politics, and Pleasure. New York: New York University Press, 1998.

Haupt, Adam. Static: Race and Representation in Post-Apartheid Music, Media and Film. Johannesburg: HSRC Press, 2012.

Helbig, Adriana N. Hip Hop Ukraine: Music, Race, and African Migration. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2014.

Hine, Darlene Clark, Tricia C. Keaton, and Stephen Small. Black Europe and the African Diaspora. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2009.

hooks, bell. Black Looks: Race and Representation. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2015.

Huq, Rupa. Beyond Subculture: Pop, Youth and Identity in a Postcolonial World. London: Routledge, 2006.

Jacobsen, Matthew Frye. Whiteness of a Different Color: European Immigrants and the Alchemy of Race. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1999.

Kajikawa, Loren. Sounding Race in Rap Songs. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2015.

Kazanjian, David. The Colonizing Trick: National Culture and Imperial Citizenship in Colonial America. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2003.

Kelley, Robin D. G. Race Rebels: Culture, Politics, and the Black Working Class. New York: Free Press, 1994.

———. Yo’ Mama’s Disfunctional! Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America. Boston: Beacon Press, 1997.

Keyes, Cheryl L. Rap Music and Street Consciousness. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2002.

Klopp, Brett. German Multiculturalism: Immigrant Integration and the Transformation of Citizenship. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2002.

Krims, Adam. Rap Music and the Poetics of Identity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Kroes, Rob. If You’ve Seen One You’ve Seen the Mall: Europeans and American Mass Culture. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1996.

Lipsitz, George. Dangerous Crossroads: Popular Music, Postmodernism, and the Poetics of Place. New York: Verso, 1994.

Lott, Eric. Love and Theft: Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.

Manabe, Noriko. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Protest Music after Fukushima. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.

Mercer, Kobena. Welcome to the Jungle: New Positions in Cultural Studies. New York: Routledge, 1994.

Mitchell, Tony, ed. Global Noise: Rap and Hip-Hop Outside the USA. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2001.

Miyakawa, Felicia. Five Percenter Rap: God Hop’s Music, Message, and Black Muslim Mission. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005.

Morgan, Marcyliena. The Real Hip Hop: Battling for Knowledge, Power, and Respect in the LA Underground. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2009.

Moten, Fred. In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2003.

Nitzsche, Sina, and Walter Grünzwieg. Hip-Hop in Europe: Cultural Identities and Transnational Flows. Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2013.

Olaniyan, Tejumola. Arrest the Music: Fela and His Rebel Art and Politics. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004.

Peabody, Sue, and Tyler Stovall, eds.  The Color of Liberty: Histories of Race in France. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2003.

Perry, Imani. Prophets of the Hood: Politics and Poetics in Hip Hop. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2004.

Poiger, Ute G. Jazz, Rock, and Rebels: Cold War Politics and American Culture in a Divided Germany. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000.

Potter, Russell A. Spectacular Vernaculars: Hip Hop and the Politics of Postmodernism. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1995.

Radano, Ronald and Philip V. Bohlman, eds. Music and the Racial Imagination. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000.

———. Lying Up a Nation: Race and Black Music. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003.

Rodney, Walter. How Europe Underdeveloped Africa. Washington, DC: Howard University Press, 1982.

Rodriguez, Richard. Brown: The Last Discovery of America. New York: Viking Penguin, 2002.

Roediger, David R. The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class. New York: Verso, 1999.

Rose, Tricia. Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America. Hanover, NH: Wesleyan University Press, 1994.

Said, Edward. Culture and Imperialism. New York: Vintage, 1993.

———. Orientalism. New York: Pantheon, 1978.

Sandoval, Chela. Methodology of the Oppressed. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2000.

Saucier, P. Khalil, ed. Native Tongues: An African Hip-hop Reader. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2011.

Schain, Martin. The Politics of Immigration in France, Britain, and the United States: A Comparative Study. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

Schmieding, Leonard. “Das ist unsere Party”: HipHop in der DDR. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2014.

Sharma, Nitasha Tamar. Hip Hop Desis: South Asian Americans, Blackness, and a Global Race Consciousness. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2010.

Singh, Nikhil Pal. Black Is a Country: Race and the Unfinished Struggle for Democracy. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2004.

Smith, Zadie. On Beauty. London: Hamish Hamilton, 2005.

Steingo, Gavin. Kwaito’s Promise: Music and the Aesthetics of Freedom in South Africa. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016.

Stovall, Tyler. Paris Noir: African Americans in the City of Light. New York: Mariner Books, 1998.

Tate, Greg. Everything But the Burden: What White People Are Taking from Black Culture. New York: Harlem Moon, 2003.

Taylor, Timothy. Global Pop: World Music, World Markets. New York: Routledge, 1997.

Torgovnick, Marianna. Gone Primitive: Savage Intellects, Modern Lives. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990.

Villegas, Mark R., Kuttin’ Kandi, and Roderick N. Labrador, eds. Empire of Funk: Hip Hop and Representation in Filipina/o America. San Diego: Cognella, 2014.

Von Eschen, Penny M. Race Against Empire: Black Americans and Anticolonialism 1937–1957. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1997.

———. Satchmo Blows up the World: Jazz Ambassadors Play the Cold War. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2004.

Wagnleitner, Reinhold. Coca-Colonization and the Cold War: The Cultural Mission of the United States in Austria After the Second World War. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1994.

Weheliye, Alexander. Phonographies: Grooves in Sonic Afro-Modernity. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2005.

West, Cornel. Race Matters. New York: Vintage Books, 1994.

White, Miles. From Jim Crow to Jay-Z. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2011.

Williams, Justin. Rhymin’ and Stealin’: Musical Borrowing in Hip-Hop. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2014.

Williams, Raymond. Marxism and Literature. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1977.

Wright, Michelle. Becoming Black: Creating Identity in the African Diaspora. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2004.

Young, Robert J. C. Postcolonialism: An Historical Introduction. London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2001.

Zuberi, Nabeel. Sounds English: Transnational Popular Music. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2001.

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Selected Discography and Videography:

B-Tight. Der Neger (in Mir). Aggro Berlin, 2002.

B-Tight and Tony D hosted by SIDO. Heiße Ware. Aggro Berlin, 2005.

Blue Scholars. The Long March. Independent/Massline, 2006.

The Coup. Kill My Landlord. Wild Pitch Records, 1993.

Da Lench Mob. Guerillas in tha Mist. Street Knowledge Records, 1992.

D-Irie. “Was jetzt los!?!” (Single). Shok Muzik, 2006.

De La Soul. Buhloon Mind State. Rhino, 1993.

Eric B and Rakim. Follow the Leader. Universal/MCA, 1988.

Gang Starr. Hard To Earn. Virgin, 1994.

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. “The Message” (single). Sugar Hill Records, 1982.

Hatch, Willie. “The Glow.” On The Last Dragon. Motown, 1985.

Hughes, Albert, dir. Menace II Society. New Line, 1993.

Ice Cube. AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted. Priority Records, 1990.

Ice T and Andy Baybutt. Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap. Kaleidoscope, 2012.

Jay-Z and Kanye West. Watch the Throne. Def Jam, 2011.

Juice Aleem. Jerusalaam Come. Big Dada/Ninja Tune Records, 2009.

Kassevitz, Mathieu. La Haine. Canal+, 1995.

KRS-One. Return of the Boom-Bap. Jive/RCA, 1993.

Lamar, Kendrick. To Pimp a Butterfly. Top Dawg/Interscope/Aftermath, 2015.

M.I.A. Arular. XL, 2005.

Monsieur R. “FranSSe.” Politikment Incorrekt

Mos Def. Black on Both Sides. Rawkus, 1999.

New Flesh. Universally Dirty. Big Dada/Ninja Tune, 2006.

NTM. Paris Sous les Bombes. Epic, 1995.

NWA. Straight Outta Compton. Priority Records, 1988.

Pizko. La Familia Mixtape. Devil Prod, 2007.

Public Enemy. Fear of a Black Planet: The Counterattack on World Supremacy. Def Jam, 1990.

Roots Manuva. Awfully Deep. Big Dada, 2005.

Rusangano Family. Let the Dead Bury the Dead. Rusangano Family, 2016.

ScaryÉire. The Dole Q. Eleven Records, 1995.

Sefyu. Qui Suis-je? Wagram/Because Music, 2005

A Tribe Called Quest. Midnight Marauders. Jive, 1993.

West, Kanye. Yeezus. Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam, 2013.

Wu-Tang Clan. Enter the Wu-Tang 36 Chambers. RCA, 1993.