Global Hip Hop Studies (Journal)

ISSN 26326825 , ONLINE ISSN 26326833

Global Hip Hop Studies (GHHS) is a peer-reviewed, rigorous and community-responsive academic journal that publishes research on contemporary as well as historical issues and debates surrounding hip hop music and culture around the world, twice annually.



Coordinating Editors

Adam Haupt
University of Cape Town
adam.haupt@uct.ac.za

J. Griffith Rollefson
University College Cork
jg.rollefson@ucc.ie

Editors

Murray Forman
Northeastern University
M.Forman@northeastern.edu

Karim Hammou
French National Center for Scientific Research
karim.hammou@gmail.com

Bettina Love
University of Georgia
blove@uga.edu

Sina Nitzsche
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
sina.nitzsche@gmail.com

Global Hip Hop Studies (GHHS) is a peer-reviewed, rigorous and community-responsive academic journal that publishes research on contemporary as well as historical issues and debates surrounding hip hop music and culture around the world, twice annually. The journal provides a platform for the investigation and critical analysis of hip hop politics, activism, education, media practices and industry analyses as well as manifestations of hip hop culture in all four of the classic elements (DJing/turntablism, MCing/rapping, graffiti/street art, and B-boy/B-girl dance), the under-examined realms of beatboxing, fashion, identity formation, hip hop nation language (HHNL) and beyond.

In short, GHHS is a hip hop cipher that aims to examine and expand the 'fifth element', knowledge (knowledge of self, historical knowledge, hip-hop cultural knowledge and other knowledge paradigms) and its intersections with all the culture’s material, embodied and conceptual forms. Centred around the truly global collection of established scholars on its advisory board, GHHS privileges the insights of people of colour and supports and encourages those of all marginalized, subordinated and disenfranchised global citizens who are engaged in manifesting progressive political and social change and expanded intellectual vistas. The GHHS proactive distribution model provides journal access to the under-resourced communities who created the culture, thus aiming at nothing less than a refiguration of the university knowledge trade.


Coordinating Editors

Adam Haupt
University of Cape Town
adam.haupt@uct.ac.za

J. Griffith Rollefson
University College Cork
jg.rollefson@ucc.ie

Editors

Murray Forman
Northeastern University
M.Forman@northeastern.edu

Karim Hammou
French National Center for Scientific Research
karim.hammou@gmail.com

Bettina Love
University of Georgia
blove@uga.edu

Sina Nitzsche
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
sina.nitzsche@gmail.com

Coordinating Editors

Adam Haupt
University of Cape Town
adam.haupt@uct.ac.za

J. Griffith Rollefson
University College Cork
jg.rollefson@ucc.ie

Editors

Murray Forman
Northeastern University
M.Forman@northeastern.edu

Karim Hammou
French National Center for Scientific Research
karim.hammou@gmail.com

Bettina Love
University of Georgia
blove@uga.edu

Sina Nitzsche
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
sina.nitzsche@gmail.com

Coordinating Editors

Adam Haupt
University of Cape Town
adam.haupt@uct.ac.za

J. Griffith Rollefson
University College Cork
jg.rollefson@ucc.ie

Editors

Murray Forman
Northeastern University
M.Forman@northeastern.edu

Karim Hammou
French National Center for Scientific Research
karim.hammou@gmail.com

Bettina Love
University of Georgia
blove@uga.edu

Sina Nitzsche
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
sina.nitzsche@gmail.com

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Global Hip Hop Studies (GHHS) is a peer-reviewed, rigorous and community-responsive academic journal that publishes research on recent as well as historical issues and debates surrounding hip hop music and culture around the world, twice annually. The journal provides a platform for the investigation and critical analysis of hip hop politics, activism, education, media practices and industry analyses, as well as manifestations of the culture in all four of the classic elements of hip hop (DJing/turntablism, MCing/rapping, graffiti/street art and B-boy/B-girl dance). It also examines and expands upon the 'fifth element', knowledge of self and the under-examined realms of beatboxing, hip hop fashion, hip hop education, hip hop identity formation, hip hop nation language (HHNL) and beyond. 

While GHHS does not claim to be the first peer-reviewed journal of hip hop studies - and wishes to pay respects to the journals that came before it by including those editors’ voices on this editorial board - it does seek to raise the profile and academic standing of the field. It will do this by assembling a truly global collection of established scholars in its editorial board, and by working with Intellect - a high-quality and established academic press with global distribution in print and online, strong database indexing and a demonstrated commitment to open access in developing countries.

GHHS will also make a commitment to postcolonial contexts in the overdeveloped world by granting open access to public libraries in under-resourced communities (via application). These costs will be offset by a contribution from the European Research Council-funded global hip hop research project, CIPHER. The editorial team may also propose the establishment of a global scholarly society to support and sustain the work of the journal beyond the first five years of the ERC grant.

GHHS seeks to practice the organic intellectual, decolonizing and artistically rigorous praxis that it preaches - expanding the mainstream definition of 'scholarship' through the artist and community-led section, 'In the CIPHER', and other sections on non-normative, performative and practice-led research.  The regular 'In the CIPHER' section will feature artist interviews, roundtables, syllabi and other community-engaged work. This can be related to the 'Amplifier' section in the Journal of Popular Music or 'Middle Eight' in Popular Music. The regular 'Crate Digging' section will focus on the growing field of hip hop archives, and the 'Book Review' and 'Media Review' sections will attend to books as well as media artefacts as scholarly outputs. In these and other ways, the journal seeks to empower community knowledges, highlight and add value to the perspectives and insights of people of colour, decentre western academic discourses and their logocentrisms, redefine scholarship as a more open and inclusive praxis and refigure the university knowledge trade.


The journal focuses on contemporary, interdisciplinary and international perspectives. It will also include special features and theme issues examining emerging trends in scholarship and community arts practice, specific regions and styles and the global creative and music industries, employing recent ideas and disciplinary perspectives ranging from hip hop studies, to popular music, ethnomusicology, anthropology, musicology, communication, media and cultural studies, sociology, geography, art and museum studies, critical race, identity studies, gender studies, critical gerontology, political science and other fields with a scholarly focus on hip hop. The journal also features special, guest-edited issues that bring together contributions under a unifying theme or geographical area.


Alongside regular articles that focus on the study of hip hop in all its artistic and conceptual iterations, from a variety of academic and other perspectives, the journal also features alternative means of representing research and scholarship through creative and visual means such as photography, poetry, artwork and audio and video through its accompanying website.

Coordinating Editors

Adam Haupt
University of Cape Town
adam.haupt@uct.ac.za

J. Griffith Rollefson
University College Cork
jg.rollefson@ucc.ie

Editors

Murray Forman
Northeastern University
M.Forman@northeastern.edu

Karim Hammou
French National Center for Scientific Research
karim.hammou@gmail.com

Bettina Love
University of Georgia
blove@uga.edu

Sina Nitzsche
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
sina.nitzsche@gmail.com

Editorial Team

Under Construction

Editorial Board

H. Samy Alim
University of California

Msia Kibona Clark
Howard University

Andreana Clay
San Francisco State University

Frieda Frost
German Sport University Cologne

Anthony Kwame Harrison
Virginia Tech

Travis Terrell Harris
Virginia Commonwealth University

Daniel White Hodge
North Park University

Imani Kai Johnson
University of California, Riverside

Loren Kajikawa
George Washington University

Mark Katz
University of North Carolina

Joe Schloss
City University of New York

Jordan A. Yamaji Smith
Josai International University

Laura Steil
School for International Training

Marlon Swai
University of Cape Town

Quentin Williams
University of the Western Cape

Mary Fogarty Woehrel
York University, Canada

Coordinating Editors

Adam Haupt
University of Cape Town
adam.haupt@uct.ac.za

J. Griffith Rollefson
University College Cork
jg.rollefson@ucc.ie

Editors

Murray Forman
Northeastern University
M.Forman@northeastern.edu

Karim Hammou
French National Center for Scientific Research
karim.hammou@gmail.com

Bettina Love
University of Georgia
blove@uga.edu

Sina Nitzsche
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
sina.nitzsche@gmail.com

Coordinating Editors

Adam Haupt
University of Cape Town
adam.haupt@uct.ac.za

J. Griffith Rollefson
University College Cork
jg.rollefson@ucc.ie

Editors

Murray Forman
Northeastern University
M.Forman@northeastern.edu

Karim Hammou
French National Center for Scientific Research
karim.hammou@gmail.com

Bettina Love
University of Georgia
blove@uga.edu

Sina Nitzsche
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
sina.nitzsche@gmail.com

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