If you like Hip Hop...

...then you might already know what's crackin this weekend. Common will perform at theMichigan Theater this Friday March 3rd at 7:30pm . From classic albums like Resurrection to the more recent success of his Grammy-nominated album Be, Common’s socially conscious lyrics have long been a staple for Hip Hop “heads” across the globe.

If you like Common you might also enjoy these artists and albums:
Mos DefThe New Danger
Little Brother - The Minstrel Show
Talib Kweli - Right About Now
Digable Planets - Beyond the Spectrum
Jean Grae - This Week
The Roots - The Tipping Point

If you are interested in learning more about hip hop, the Library has plenty on the subject. For a history of hip hop, check out Yes, Yes Y'all : The Experience Music Project Oral History of Hip-Hop's First Decade and Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of Hip Hop Culture. If you want to know specifically about women emcees you might like Check it While I Wreck It: Black Womanhood, Hip Hop Culture and the Public Sphere. For a look at hip hop journalism check out And it don't stop?:The Best American Hip Hop Journalism of the Last 25 Years. And for information on lyrics and criticism, Classic Material: The Hip-Hop Album Guide might be a good resource.

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The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History recently announced a major collection initiative centered on hip hop culture.