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Race in the Music Industry


Research Question: Does rap / hip-hop music perpetuate negative cultural stereotypes?

This topic will explore rap music and how it influences cultural stereotypes. You will examine the industry at large and consider rap music within a cultural context.

Step 1: Locate and read two background articles 

Find the following encyclopedia article by following the path provided:

“Hip-Hop Culture and Rap Music.” Encyclopedia of Race and Racism. Gale Virtual Reference Library

  • UA Library Homepage> Search & Find > Articles & Databases
  • Under Find Databases by TITLE, select G > Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • In the search box next to Keyword, type rap music and then click Search
  • On the search results page, click on the title “Hip-Hop Culture and Rap Music”.
  • Read the article.

Access the following CQ Researcher article by following the path provided:

"Debating Hip-Hop." CQ Researcher 15 June. 2007

  • UA Library Homepage> Search & Find > Articles & Databases> Under Find Databases by TITLE, select C
  • Scroll down the page and click the link, CQ Researcher Plus Archive.
  • In the search box, type hip-hop and then click Search.
  • Click on the title: " Debating Hip-Hop " (06/2007)
  • Read the article.

Step 2: Analyze Articles: 

Print the Article Analysis form. You will complete this as you read the following articles:

Access Academic Search Complete:
Go to the UA Library homepage at www.library.arizona.edu Click Search & Find > Articles & Databases > Academic Search Complete

Article 1

  • In the keyword search box type: Badman to Gangsta and click Search.
  • Find the record for the article titled " From “Badman” to “Gangsta”: Double Consciousness and Authenticity, from African-American Folklore to Hip Hopby Nyawalo.
  • Click Linked Full Text to read the full article.

Article 2

  • In Academic Search Complete, click Clear to begin a new search.
  • In the keyword search box type: Anti-Rap Attitudes as a Proxy for Prejudice and click Search.
  • Find the record for the article titled "Blame It on Hip-Hop: Anti-Rap Attitudes as a Proxy for Prejudice. By Reyna, Brandt and Tendayi.
  • Read the article.

Step 3: Select and evaluate websites

These tutorials will help you identify a set of criteria for assessing a web source’s credibility.

Step 4: Search for more articles

Step 5: Use specialized databases and locate articles when you have a citation

Step 6: Cite your sources

Citation Guide

Last modified: January 9, 2014

Last modified: September 30, 2014