CFP: [African-American] Houston and Miami Hip Hop

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Dr. Mickey Hess
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Represent Where I'm From: The Greenwood Guide to American Regional Hip Hop
(Essays due June 15, 2008).

Call for Contributors: I am seeking contributors for The Greenwood Guide
to American Regional Hip Hop, a two-volume reference set under contract
with Greenwood Press. This collection will consist of 10,000-word essays
on the most important regional hip hop scenes in the US. The collection
is well underway, with several contributors signed. My greatest needs are
Miami and Houston, but here is the full list of areas not yet signed:

1. New Jersey
2. Miami
3. Houston
4. Ohio (Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati)
5. St Louis
6. Southern Appalachia (Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, etc)
7. Virginia

In hip hop, where an artist comes from means everything. From Brooklyn,
New York to Memphis, Tennessee, hip hop artists devote song lyrics to
their cities, neighborhoods, area codes, and street corners. Musically,
regions often carry distinctive styles of production that become known as
Houston's Screwed and Chopped sound or the Miami Bass Sound. Hip hop
artists represent where they're from in the way they talk in regional
accents and dialects, the way they dress, and the setting of the stories
they tell in their lyrics. This collection will profile regional hip hop
scenes in the US to show how regional slang, sounds, and styles are
developed, and how artists use those sounds and styles to represent their

Represent Where I'm From traces hip hop's development from 1970s block
parties in the South Bronx to a worldwide phenomenon with unique musical
styles throughout several regions in the United States. The collection
will address the importance of region to hip hop identity, from the early
rap battles between Queens' Juice Crew and the Bronx�s Boogie Down
Productions, to the well-publicized East Coast vs. West Coast beefs
between Bad Boy Records and Death Row Records. This collection will
showcase the hip hop artists who create styles all their own by
developing slang, fashion style, and musical and lyrical structures meant
to represent the place they call home.

About the Editor: Dr. Mickey Hess is Assistant Professor of English at
Rider University, the editor of Greenwood Press' Icons of Hip hop, and
the author of Is Hip Hop Dead? The Past, present, and Future of America's
Most Wanted Music (Praeger). His scholarship on hip hop music has been
published in Critical Studies in Media Communication, Mosaic: A Journal
for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature, and Popular Music and

Submitting a Proposal:

Each author will agree to write a 10,000-word essay on one region, plus 5
"Landmarks," which are 300-500 word sidebars that highlight geographical
landmarks mentioned in lyrics, as well as slang terms, fashion items,
production styles, area codes, street corners, restaurants, interstate
roads, local radio stations, etc, that are important to the region�s

By Dec 1, 2007, submit an outline of your proposed essay, a CV, and a
writing sample as Microsoft Word Documents to Mickey Hess at Your outline should include the hip hop
artists and regional features you plan to cover, as well as a list of the
5 landmarks that will serve as sidebars for your essay.

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