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“Not” an Introduction to Hip Hop & its Influence

2023 marks the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop, and whether or not you’re a hip hop head, there’s no denying the influence hip hop has had in the world. Its reach permeates our media, fashion, art, language, even politics.

We put together some resources to help give you a baseline understanding of the world influencer and to help you understand the crucial role hip hop has played in defining American culture.

Last updated January 24, 2023.



How Hip-Hop Music Has Influenced American Culture and Society by Kathleen Odenthal

Hip-Hop is for Everybody: Examining the Roots and Growth of Hip-Hop by Lucien J. Flores

Effect of Hip Hop on Youth Consumerism by Joanna A. Cabalquinto


Yes, Yes Y’All: Oral History of Hip-Hop’s First Decade by Jim Fricke and Charlie Ahearn

The ‘Hood Comes First: Race, Space, and Place in Rap and Hip-Hop by Murray Forman



Hip-Hop Evolution | Netflix Official Site | Season 1, Episodes 1-3

The Freshest Kids

Rhyme & Reason


Wild Style: South Bronx graffiti artist Zoro is commissioned to paint a backdrop for a hip-hop concert.

Hip Hop 50: A 3-year celebration with original series, films & experiences, leading up to the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop in 2023.






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