Call For Submissions: Hip-Hop and Sport Issue- Deadline: January 15, 2011

full name / name of organization: 
Jef Tate, Words. Beats. Life: The Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture
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Words. Beats. Life: The Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture


The editorial staff of Words. Beats. Life seeks high quality manuscripts—literature, poetry, book reviews and artwork—for a Hip-Hop and Sports-themed issue to be published in [March/April] 2011. We invite innovative work, both artistic and scholarly, which examines, challenges and attempts to synthesize the confluence between Hip-Hop Music/Culture and Sports/Athletics. A wide range of critical perspectives, in-depth studies of individual artistes/athletes, texts (including song lyrics) and cultural commentary are welcome. In particular, works from the fields of ethnomusicology, sport studies, gender studies, interdisciplinary studies, cultural studies, technology and sociology are encouraged. Additionally, Words. Beats. Life welcomes provocative essays that will stimulate thought on the current and future role of sport, hip-hop culture and music in the 21stcentury, as well as thoughts on what position each might occupy in the larger context of popular culture. This includes, but is not limited to, the commercialization of sport, hip-hop marketing strategies in the sports industry, hip-hop aesthetics in athletics, hip-hop/sport and the city, narratives and portraits of individual figures/characters in both realms, and hip-hop/sport internationally/in relation to globalization.

Words. Beats. Life: The Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture is a peer-reviewed, hybrid periodical of art and hip-hop studies published by the 501(c)(3) non-profit, Words Beats & Life, Inc. The journal is committed to nurturing and showcasing the creative talents and expertise of the field in a layout that is uniquely hip-hop inspired. We publish issues twice a year with the intention of serving as a platform where the work of scholars and artists can appear in dialogue with one another. Since 2002, Words. Beats. Life has devoted its pages to both emerging and established intellectuals and artists. As the premier resource for hip-hop theory and practice, we hope that the scholarship we publish will serve as a resource for the field of hip-hop studies and the work of hip-hop non-profits, helping each to elevate to the next phase of their respective growth in America and around the globe.

Words. Beats. Life adheres to APA style. The maximum length for articles is 5,000 words. Complete guidelines for contributors can be found in each issue of the journal as well as on our Web site at

Please send any inquires and submissions to submissions[at]

Please note: Submissions that do not follow our contributor guidelines will not be considered and will be promptly returned to the author for revision.

Deadline: January 15, 2011