le Conseil International Pour Hip hop Et Recherche

the international council for hip hop studies

CIPHER is a public scholarship project mapping hip-hop knowledge from communities across the world.

Academically rigorous

CIPHER is funded by the European Research Council and supported by internationally leading researchers. We build upon decades of important scholarship on black culture.

On the ground

The team are experts in specific regions and work across different continents, engaging hip-hop on its own terms. The aim is to preserve and promote hip-hop practices.

Fist Bump by Sewon Park from the Noun Project

For the culture

The project approaches communities and participants responsibly. The people who work with us get paid and can control how they are represented.

What are your
hip hop influences?

Get involved and tell us about your experiences and
gems of hip hop knowledge!