In 2005, I started a research project with Dr. A. Kwame Harrison of Virginia Tech’s Department of Sociology.
The final result of 6 years of work was published in Popular Music and Society in July 2011. Check it out and let me know what you think!
A. Kwame Harrison and Craig E. Arthur. “Reading Billboard 1979-1989: Exploring Rap Music’s Emergence through the Music Industry’s Most Influential Trade Publication.”
Popular Music and Society 34, no. 3 (2011): 309-327. DOI: 10.1080/03007766.2010.522806