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Albert S. Cook Library

50 Years of Hip Hop

About this Guide

Hip Hop was born in the Bronx, New York on August 11, 1973 during a party. Since that party 50 years ago, hip hop has become a global phenomenon and shaped mainstream culture.

In this guide, you will find hip hop playlists, book recommendations, podcasts, and other resources to celebrate the 50th anniversary of hip hop.

History of Hip Hop

Can't Stop Won't Stop: A Hip Hop History

by Jeff Chang, with Dave "Davey D" Cook

The Anthology of Rap

edited by Adam Bradley and Andrew DuBois

The Hip Hop Years

by Alex Ogg with David Upshal

That's the Joint!

edited by Murray Forman and Mark Anthony Neal