Articles and Chapters (by date)

Rollefson, J. Griffith. “Beats, Rhymes, and Life: Connecting the Sonic and the Social in Hip Hop Music Studies.”  In The Cambridge Companion to Global Rap, ed. Richard Bramwell and Alex de Lacey.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2024 (forthcoming).

Marques, Gustavo Souza. “Full of Rage and References: Understanding Coronel’s Frenesi (Frenzy) in the Brazilian Rap Scene”. Global Hip-Hop Studies, (in press), 2023.

Ng, Jason. ‘Breaking in Tokyo: Socially Constructed ‘Sacred Places’ for Hip hop Dance’ in Popular Music Ethnographies: Practice, place and identity, Sarah Raine, Shane Blackman, Robert McPherson, and Iain A. Taylor. Bristol: Intellect, 2023 (in press).

Ng, Jason. ‘ประเทศไทย (‘Thailand’)’, Global Hip Hop Studies, Vol. 3, No. 2, (Special Issue: The Hip Hop Atlas), eds. Greg Schick and Sina Nitzsche, 2023, 129-135 (in press). 

Conqui, Milton & Janne Rantala. ‘My space trips from Chimoio’: Notes about space and temporality in samplingIn: Quentin Williams and Jaspal Naveel Singh (eds.) Global Hiphopography. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2023.  Link 

Rollefson, J. Griffith, Warrick Moses, Jason Ng, Steven Gamble, Patrick Marks, and Ophelia McCabe. “The CIPHER Method: Mapping Global Hip Hop Knowledge Flows,” Ethnomusicology Vol. 67, No. 3 (Autumn 2023), 430-464. link

Rollefson, J. Griffith and Carlos Garrido Castellano. “Trapping Ecosystems: Apeshit’s Fugitive Politics of Post/coloniality” (co-authored with Carlos Garrido Castellano), Journal of Popular Music Studies Vol. 35, No. 1 (Spring 2023), 20-45. link

Marques, Gustavo Souza. “Fighting for Attention Through Rap Music: Shock-Value, Racial Play and Web Culture in the Musical Work of Tyler, The Creator”. INSAM Journal of Contemporary Music, Art and Technology, issue 8, 2022. link

McNally, James G. “Inside the Hip-Hop Moment: Collective Ecstasy on the Bristol Frontline with Krissy Kriss and Tricky Kid, 1987,” Journal of Popular Music Studies, Vol. 34, No.4 (December 2022): 61-84. link

Ng, Jason and Steven Gamble, ‘Hip-hop producer-hosts, beat battles, and online music production communities on Twitch’, First Monday, 27:6, 2022, n. pag. link

McNally, James G, “Conjured from Fragments: KMD’s Mr Hood and the Transformative Poetics of the Golden Age Rap Album,” Journal of the Society for American Music, Vol. 15, No. 4 (December 2021): 400-423. link

Rollefson, J. Griffith, “Hip Hop Interpellation: Rethinking Autochthony and Appropriation in Irish Rap.” In Made in Ireland: Studies in Popular Music (Global Popular Music Series), eds. Áine Mangaoang, John O’Flynn, and Lonán Ó Briain.  London: Routledge, 2020.  224-236. link

McNally, James, “A Love Interrupted: A Tribe Called Quest’s Resilient Path of Rhythm,” Global Hip Hop Studies, Vol. 1, No. 1 (June 2020): 175-197. link

Rollefson, J. Griffith, “‘Yo Nací Caminando’: Community-Engaged Scholarship, Hip Hop as Postcolonial Studies, and Rico Pabón’s Knowledge of Self.” Journal of World Popular Music Vol. 5, No. 2 (Double Special Issue: Hip Hop Activism and Representational Politics), eds. Adam Haupt, Quentin Williams, and H. Samy Alim (Winter 2018), 169-192. link

Rollefson, J. Griffith, “Hip Hop as Martial Art: A Political Economy of Violence in Rap Music.” In Oxford Handbook of Hip Hop Music Studies, eds. Justin Burton and Jason Oakes. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. link

Arts Practice Outputs (by date)

McCabe, Ophelia (AKA 0phelia). “You Can Try to Hide” international and multilingual collaboration with Inspector Desusado, Sandey (Mozambique) and Larame (Gabon). link

Marques, Gustavo Souza (AKA Gusmão). La Gira, 2023. link 

Rollefson, J. Griffith, Paul Oakley Stovall, UCC Music and Race Seminar. Visions of Motherless Childlink

Ng, Jase (AKA Subnet). Out The Tape!, Namboku Records, 2021. link 

McCabe, Ophelia (AKA 0phelia). Means of Escape (Arts Council Ireland). link


Global Hip Hop Studies (Bristol, UK: Intellect). 

Founding Co-Editors Adam Haupt and J. Griffith Rollefson.  2020-present. 

ISSN: 26326825, Online ISSN: 26326833

          Submissions portal, mission, and boards:

          Content (Fully Open Access):



            Vol. 5, No. 1/2, Special Double Issue: Knowledge Reigns Supreme – The Fifth Element: Hip Hop

            Knowledge (Guest Editors, Justin Williams, Sina Nitzsche, and Darren Chetty). Spring/Autumn 2024.

              Forthcoming Autumn 2024.


            Vol. 4, No. 1/2, Special Double Issue: Breaking and the Olympics (Guest Editors, Jason Ng and

            Mary Fogarty). Spring/Autumn 2023. Forthcoming Spring 2024.


            Vol. 3, No. 1/2, Special Double Issue: The Hip Hop Atlas (Guest Editors, Sina Nitzsche and

            Greg Schick). Spring/Autumn 2022. Forthcoming Autumn 2023.


            Vol. 2, No. 2, Special Issue: It’s Where You’re @: Hip Hop and the Internet (Guest Editor,

            Stephen Gamble and Raquel Campos Valverde). Autumn 2021. link


            Vol. 2, No. 1, Open call. Spring 2021. link

            Haupt, Adam and J. Griffith Rollefson, “Hip Hop’s Third Space: Imagined Community and

            the Global Hip Hop Nation.” Global Hip Hop Studies Vol. 2, No. 1 (Spring 2021).


            Vol. 1, No. 2, Open call. Autumn 2020. link

           Haupt, Adam and J. Griffith Rollefson, “Feudal City Walls or Global Village?: It Takes a Nation

           of Millions to Hold Us Back.” Global Hip Hop Studies Vol. 1, No. 2, eds. Adam Haupt and J. Griffith

           Rollefson (Autumn 2020).


            Vol. 1, No. 1, Open call. Spring 2020. link

            Haupt, Adam and J. Griffith Rollefson, “Enter the Cipher: Welcome to GHHS.”  Global

           Hip Hop Studies Vol. 1, No. 1, eds. Adam Haupt and J. Griffith Rollefson (Spring 2020).


Journalism and Non-Academic publications:


Moses, Warrick, The Conversation, “Hip-hop’s obsession with combat imagery is about more than violence.” Published: February 24, 2020 3.53pm GMT. link


Rollefson, J. Griffith, The Conversation, “Kendall Roy’s playlist: why hip hop is the perfect counterpoint for Succession’s entitled plutocrats.” Published: May 22, 2023 12.56pm BST. link

Keynote and Conference Presentations:


McNally, James, Harvard University, Hutchins Center Colloquium,  “The Long Island Rap Renaissance” (2023). 


Rollefson, J. Griffith, Special Event, Global Hip Hop Reading Room: “‘Foreigner in my Own Country’: Networking ‘Gems’ of Global Hip Hop Knowledge with the ERC CIPHER Team.” (2023)


Rollefson, J. Griffith, Keynote, Society for Musicology in Ireland (SMI) Summer Lecture Series – “Watch the Throne and the Last Gilded Age: Critical Excess from Jacques Attali’s Noise to Tricia Rose’s Black Noise.” (2020)

Podcasts and Other Media:


McNally, James, Cultural Historian for Spotify’s award-winning Decode Podcast (2021-2023)  link


Ng, Jason, Breaking and the Olympics Speaker Series (2021-2022) 

Community-Engaged Research

DecodeNoir invites you into Afrocentric space-time through culture-bearer voices, rhythm recordings, images and dreams of unity

In 2022, Deirdre Molloy affiliated with CIPHER ERC in 2022 and won the UCC Danijela Memorial Award for interdisciplinary innovation with her PhD proposal titled: “From Blues Dance to African Diaspora Identity” / DecodeNoir 

Deirdre’s arts practice uses multimedia dance ethnography and design to explore identity. She documents this collaborative, international research in her bilingual website. It is designed to platform dance culture-bearer voices – prototyping a digital map of Africanist social dance and music aesthetics as living heritage.

Deirdre Molloy (she/her)
PhD Student | Danijela Memorial Scholar
University College Cork & University of Toulouse

Transbordagem: Hip Hop Overflowing Workshop (4 February 2023)

Space, Memory and Decoloniality in Contemporary Hip Hop: A dialogue between artists and scholars

In Transbordagem: Hip Hop Overflowing, rap artists as well as leading Hip Hop and memory scholars from UCC are brought into a dialogue on topical themes such as political memory, identity in the diaspora, and cultural hybridisation. Themes, all underpinned by the endeavour to end persistent legacies of colonial injustice, will emerge both in the performances of the invited Hip Hop artists and in the subsequent panels consisting of scholars and the artists themselves where open dialogue rather than paper presentations will be the principal working method. The invited artists produce multilingual rap lyrics, with languages (French, Spanish, Portuguese, English and Irish) playing a crucial role in finding their voices as artists and people from diverse backgrounds in postcolonial Europe. We have invited top intercultural Hip Hop crews and artists residing in Ireland and Europe reflecting on topical issues in their life-changing art. There will be performances before, between, and after the panel discussions. The evening will culminate in an open interaction where scholars, artists and the audience at the Granary Theatre will be able to participate in informal exchanges.

UBUNTU: Local is Global (2021-2022)– RTÉ One nationally televised primetime Change Makers documentary about the CIPHER project’s community-engaged research – a much needed cultural and social outlet for these vulnerable youth during the continuing Covid pandemic of Summer and Autumn 2020. 

Primeira Conferência International e Inter-regional do Hip Hop Moçambicano (14-17 April 2022)– First-of-its-kind Four-Day hip hop conference in Maputo, Mozambique. Hosted by CIPHER in collaboration with Eduardo Mondlane University and Radio Moçambique. 

Cork Discovers:

Introduction to CIPHER: Hip Hop Interpellation (November 2020) –

In this video, Griff Rollefson, Ophelia McCabe, Warrick Moses, Jason Ng, and Stephen Gamble give an introduction to their research on hip hop gems across the globe.