Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Literature

Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Literature

Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Literature

Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Literature

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Bakari Kitwana writes in his book The Hip-Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African American Culture (2002) that the first Hip Hop Generation was born circa 1965 and the second in 1984. Thus late in the first decade of the twenty-first century we are witnessing the creative force of two generations of people reared on or in the age of hip hop. Written for students and general readers, the Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Literature defines some of the literature important to these generations. In defining hip hop literature the encyclopedia also expands the understanding of the term “hip hop literature” beyond the confines of “urban” or “street” literature categories.

This encyclopedia provides more than 180 alphabetically arranged entries on fiction written by and for members of the Hip Hop Generation. Included are entries on individual writers, major works, publishing houses and magazines, genres, and a wide range of special topics. This burgeoning genre of fiction is extremely important because it typifies several of the mantras of the Hip Hop Generation, especially entrepreneurship and self-actualization. The entrepreneurial spirit of hip hop novelists infuses many of the works being self-published. From the very beginning hip hop music, fashion, and culture has been marked by the willingness and ability of its practitioners to create a market and a marketing strategy for themselves.

In addition to fiction, the memoirs, biographies, and autobiographies of hip hop artists, activists, entertainers, and entrepreneurs are covered, as well as the prolific body of critical texts aimed at analyzing the generation and the issues important to them. I did not think the encyclopedia would be complete without a discussion of seminal films and documentaries because they are important visual texts that help to define and extend an understanding of the written texts produced by and for the Hip Hop Generations.

Each entry is written by an expert contributor and begins with a brief identification of the topic and a summary of its significance. Entries close with cross-references and cite works for further reading, and the encyclopedia ends with a selected, general bibliography of print and electronic resources suitable for student research. An alphabetical list of entries conveniently surveys the scope of the encyclopedia, and a guide to related topics groups related entries in topical categories for ease of identification.

This encyclopedia is by no means complete—the literature of hip hop is expanding exponentially due in part to the interest in the subject and the numerous independent publishing houses and imprints that have arisen to satisfy the demand. It is important to note that this encyclopedia does not contain numerous entries pertaining to the music of the Hip Hop Generation. Yvonne Bynoe has done that in the Encyclopedia of Rap and Hip Hop Culture (2006) by Greenwood Press.

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