Hip-Hop en Français charts the emergence and development of hip-hop culture in France, French Caribbean, Québec, and Senegal from its origins until today. With essays by renowned hip-hop scholars and a foreword by Marcyliena Morgan, executive director of the Harvard University Hiphop Archive and Research Institute, this edited volume addresses topics such as the history of rap music; hip-hop dance; the art of graffiti; hip-hop artists and their interactions with media arts, social media, literature, race, political and ideological landscapes; and hip-hop based education (HHBE).The contributors approach topics from a variety of different disciplines including African and African-American studies, anthropology, Caribbean studies, cultural studies, dance studies, education, ethnology, French and Francophone studies, history, linguistics, media studies, music and ethnomusicology, and sociology.As one of the most comprehensive books dedicated to hip-hop culture in France and the Francophone World written in the English language, this book is an essential resource for scholars and students of African, Caribbean, French, and French-Canadian popular culture as well as anthropology and ethnomusicology.
Alain-Philippe Durand is Dean of the College of Humanities, Professor of French, Honors College Distinguished Fellow, and affiliated faculty in Africana Studies, Latin American Studies, LGBT Studies, and Public and Applied Humanities at the University of Arizona. He is the author and editor of Black, Blanc, Beur: Rap Music and Hip-Hop Culture in the Francophone World (Scarecrow Press, 2002). He is associate editor of the journal Contemporary French Civilization. In 2013, he launched the Minor in Hip-Hop Studies at the University of Arizona.
This is a compelling collection of current thought on nearly 40 years of Francophone hip hop.
‘Hip-Hop en français’: An Exploration of HipHop Culture in the Francophone World – like its predecessor – is an incontournable for any researcher in the fascinating field of contemporary Text and Music Studies.
The book could have benefited from a more clearly demarcated thematic structure. However, the lack of structural unity reflects the variety of hip-hop itself, with all its border-crossing diversity, theoretical implications, and practical manifestations. With this caveat in mind, this is a must-read for French or Francophone studies instructors.