IBMCs Reading List

IBMCs has carried out the most extensive and in-depth study of international Hip Hop to date. Our reading list includes many books and is always expanding. Here are some of the titles we recommend.



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(from left to right)
The Africanist Aesthetic in Global Hip-Hop: Power Moves – Halifu Osumare

Black, Blanc, Beur: Rap Music and Hip-Hop Culture in the Francophone World by Alain-Philippe Durand

Hip Hop World by Canadian journalist Dalton Higgens

Global Noise: Rap & Hip Hop Outside the USA, edited by Tony Mitchell

Graffiti World by Nicolas Ganz

The Hiplife in Ghana – Halifu Osumare

Hip Hop Africa, New African Music in a Globalizing World – edited by Eric Charry

East African Hip Hop – Mwenda Ntarangwi

The Vinyl aint Final, Hip Hop and the Globalization of Black Popular Culture, edited by Dipannita Basu & Sidney J Lemelle

Hip Hop Hoder by Oyvind Holen

Hip-Hop(e): The Cultural Practice and Critical Pedagogy of International Hip-Hop

Van Brooklyn naar Breukelen, Saul Van Stapele

Desi Rap: Hip-Hop & South Asian America by Ajay Nair

Hip Hop Desis by Nitasha Tamar Sharma

The Global Cipha by H.Samy Allim

Ideologies of Marginality in Brazilian Hip Hop by Derek Pardue

Afro-Colombian Hip Hop by Christopher Dennis

Hip Hop Japan by Ian Condry

Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor

Rappen in Fort Europa, 1998

Where you’re at? by Patrick Neate

Hip Hop, le Rap Francais des annees 90 by Thomas Gaetner

Fear of a Hip Hop Planet by D Marvin Jones

Rap Attack by David Toop

Global Linguistic Flows: Hip Hop Cultures, Youth Identities, and the Politics of Language by H. Samy Alim

Arabic Graffiti

Waka Bok, Le Histoire orale du Hip Hop au Senegal by Fatou Kande Senghor

Native Tongues edited by P Khalil Saucier

Phat Beats & Dope Rhymes by Ian Maxwell

Close to the Edge, in Search of the Global Hip Hop Generation by Sujatha Fernandes


About IBMCs

IBMCs is a multimedia organisation working on various projects to expose and promote the phenomenon of worldwide Hip Hop culture. We have been researching, archiving, promoting and producing international Hip Hop since 1998.
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