This is the first collection of essays to take a pan-European perspective in the study of hip-hop. How has it travelled to Europe? How has it developed in the various cultural contexts and how does it reference the American cultures of origin? The 21 authors and artists provide a comprehensive overview of hip-hop cultures in Europe from the fringes to the centers. They address hip-hop in a variety of contexts such as class, ethnicity, gender, history, pedagogy, performance, and (post-)communism.
"The volume will be a landmark work for American cultural studies in a globalized context."
- Heike Raphael-Hernandez, editor of Blackening Europe: The African American Presence
"This book greatly enriches hip-hop research showing how the American founding myths of hip-hop are interwoven with European socio-political conditions and culture-specific narratives." - Eva Kimminich, editor of Rap: More Than Words
Sina A. Nitzsche is researcher at the American Studies programm a Dortmund University.
Walter Grünzweig is Professor of American Literature and Culture at Dortmund University.