Tuesday 30 July 2013

Reading list for AMER30051 Hip-Hop and Hollywood


Preparatory reading list, 2013-14


All set film texts will be available in High Demand in JRUL.


Indicative Primary texts for this course:



Public Enemy, Fear of a Black Planet (Def Jam, 1990)

Lauryn Hill, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (Sony, 1998)

Ice Cube, Amerikkka’s Most Wanted (Street Knowledge/Priority, 1991)

Wu-Tang Clan, The W (Loud, 2000)

Missy Elliott, This is Not a Test! (Elektra, 2003)

Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Roc-A-Fella, 2010)

Frank Ocean, Channel Orange (Def Jam, 2012)



Wild Style (C Ahearn, 1983)

Boyz N the Hood (John Singleton, 1991)

He Got Game (Spike Lee, 1998)

Pursuit of Happyness (G Muccino, 2005)




To prepare for this course, students will find the following secondary texts very useful:

Murray Forman and Mark Anthony Neal, eds, That's the Joint! The Hip-Hop Studies Reader (New York: Routledge, 2004)
Robin D.G. Kelley, Yo’ Mama’s Disfunktional! Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America (Boston: Beacon Press, 1997)

Paula Massood, ed., The Spike Lee Reader (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2007)

Jeffrey Ogbar, Hip-Hop Revolution: The Culture and Politics of Rap (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2007)

Eithne Quinn, Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang: The Culture and Commerce of Gangsta Rap (New York: Columbia University Press, 2005)

Tricia Rose, The Hip-hop Wars (New York: Basic Books, 2008)

S. Craig Watkins, Representing: Hip-Hop Culture and the Production of Black Cinema (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998)
S Craig Watkins, Hip Hop Matters: Politics, Pop Culture, and the Struggle for the Soul of a Movement (Boston: Beacon Press, 2005)

All the Set Readings for Hip-Hop and Hollywood will be distributed in the course reading pack in Week 1.



I look forward to seeing you in class in the autumn!





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