Up your knowledge, up your power. The wisest have always known this. Therefore, just as a stone is used to whet a fine blade so too are books used to whet a fine mind. Here is a well-curated list for hip-hop fans, educators, students and scholars.
(Disclaimer: While all materials published by Street Smart Press are completely free of profanity, homophobia and misogyny we cannot ensure that the listed titles adhere to the same guidelines.)
One of the top books written about the history of hip-hop (and the birth of the hip-hop generation).
Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity by Marc Lamont Hill
A book that shows how a serious engagement with hip-hop culture can affect classroom life in extraordinary ways.
The money of hip-hop… who made it and how.
An innovative blend of hip-hop history, artist interviews, personal narrative, lyrics and poetry.
The H2Ed Guidebook addresses the tenets of a critical Hip-Hop pedagogy and frames the issues of concern and strength within Hip-Hop culture by providing in-depth analysis from parents, teachers and scholars.
Hip Hop’s Li’l Sistas Speak: Negotiating Hip Hop Identities and Politics in the New South by Bettina L. Love
An exploration of how young women navigate the space of hip-hop music.
A book that bravely and insightfully takes a look at the great hip-hop controversies and debates.
Amazing visual text that’s an encyclopedic comics history of the formative years of hip-hop.
Amazing second volume of visual text that’s an encyclopedic comics history of hip-hop.
Hip-hop education that goes far beyond merely studying rap music and instead looks at deeply honoring the knowledge of urban students.
A true fan of hip-hop (and a veteran journalist) takes a fantastic look behind the scenes at the major players in hip-hop history.
The title says it all.
A tremendous compendium of hip-hop scholarship.
A comprehensive and accessible guide to hip-hop.
A celebration of hip-hop that confronts the cult of authenticity that defines its essential character.
A comprehensive, theoretically grounded and empirically tested approach to teaching popular culture in schools.
A wonderful, intelligent look at how educators can break the school-to-prison pipeline.
A literary scholar examines rap’s most memorable lyricists and their inimitable techniques.
A classic in the world of education and social change.
An awesome collection of the best articles the hip-hop generation has produced.
Teaching Teens and Reaping Results in a Wi-Fi, Hip-Hop, Where-Has-All-the-Sanity-Gone World by Alan Sitomer
A California Teacher of the Year award winner offers tools, tips, insights, stories and strategies.
A work that takes a comprehensive look at the lyrics, music, cultures, themes, and styles of hip-hop and grapples with the most salient issues and debates that surround it.
One of America’s top teachers helps fellow educators transform their teaching with fresh strategies that deliver proven results.
A great read for educators who care about social justice and teaching future generations.
The Art of Critical Pedagogy: Possibilities for Moving from Theory to Practice in Urban Schools by Ernest Morrell and Jeff Duncan-Andrade
Critical pedagogy and its practical applications for urban contexts.
A look at the Top 50 Emcees by a man who knows his hip-hop.
The dynamics of rap with interviews from top artists including tips, how-to and interviews.
A second volume illuminating the dynamics of rap with more interviews from top artists including tips, how-to and interviews.
400 tracks, 75 artists and an insightful, penetrating look at hip-hop’s creative process.
A second insightful, penetrating text that looks at hip-hop’s creative process.
Almost everything about hip-hop under the sun – or at least a ton of it. Encyclopedic and entertaining!
The philosophical masterwork of KRS ONE
Positive life lessons from hip-hop culture.