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NOLA Hip Hop Archive Project Collection

 Collection — Container: Items 1-48
Identifier: 749

Scope and Contents

The NOLA Hip Hop Archive was founded by Holly Hobbs, a Ph.D. candidate at Tulane University, in 2012. The goal of Hobbs’ project is to add to the growing body of documentation of hip hop and bounce oral histories in New Orleans, Louisiana, in order to highlight the music's role as an important community art form. With the assistance of videographer Dick Darby and production assistant Colin Meneghini, Hobbs conducted a series of videotaped interviews with hip hop and bounce artists and pioneers in New Orleans, which form the basis for this collection. Additional interviews will be added as they are completed, as will ephemeral material including show flyers, posters, etc. collected by Hobbs and others. To date, the NOLA Hip Hop Archive has focused on the recording and collection of digital videotaped oral histories.

The collection currently contains 48 videotaped interviews with leading hip hop and bounce artists, including: Mannie Fresh, Mystikal, KLC, Nesby Phips, Dee-1, Partners-n-Crime, Leroy "Precise" Edwards, Ricky B, Black Menace, DJ Raj Smoove, Raw Dizzy, 6-shot, DJ Jubilee, Sinista, Sess 4-5, Truth Universal, DJ Quickie Mart, Impulss, Big Dyce, Skip UTP, DJ EF Cuttin, Nicky da B, DJ Rusty Lazer, Dave Soul, DJ Black n Mild, K Gates, Melaphyre, Allie Baby, Keedy Black, The Show, 10th Ward Buck, Lucky Johnson, DJ Spin, and Queen Blackkold Madina.


  • Created: 2012-2014
  • Other: Date acquired: 03/11/2013


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research. Audiovisual materials stored offsite. Please contact Reference Desk of the Amistad Research Center for inquiries.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright to these materials has been assigned to the Amistad Research Center. It is the responsibility of an researcher to secure permission for publication or use from the Amistad Research Center for any material contained in this collection.


48.00 items

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Technical Access Requirements

Interviews are accessible via the NOLA Hip Hop and Bounce Archive.

Source of Acquisition

Holly Hobbs

Method of Acquisition


Accruals and Additions

Initial deposit of interview tapes in 2012; addenda received in August 2013, July 2014, and December 2014.

Related Materials

The Amistad Research Center also houses audio interviews with New Orleans rappers, producers, and hip hop/bounce artists in the Where They At Collection.

Processing Information

Processed in 2014.


NOLA Hip Hop Archive Project Collection
Christopher Harter and Brenda Flora
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Repository Details

Part of the Amistad Research Center Repository

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New Orleans LA 70118 US
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