Mickey Hess is Professor of English at Rider University and the co-author, with rapper Buddha Monk, of The Dirty Version: On Stage, in the Studio, and in the Streets with Ol’ Dirty Bastard (HarperCollins, 2014). Hess is the author of Is Hip Hop Dead? The Past, Present, and Future of America’s Most Wanted Music (Praeger 2007), and the editor of Greenwood Press’s Hip Hop in America: A Regional Guide (2010) and Icons of Hip Hop: An Encyclopedia of the Music, Movement, and Culture (2007). His other books include the novel Nostalgia Echo (C&R, 2011) and the memoir Big Wheel at the Cracker Factory (Garrett County, 2008), which was featured as a Chicago Reader “Critic’s Choice.” 

His latest  book, A Guest in the House of Hip-Hop: How Rap Music Taught a Kid from Kentucky What a White Ally Should Be, was released in 2018. 

mickey hess
professor and author