Close to the Edge: In Search of the Global Hip Hop by Sujatha Fernandes

By Sujatha Fernandes

"Fernandes brilliantly captures the instant whilst a world iteration curved towards a unifying language and tradition and located whatever that was once either even more and masses lower than what it was once trying to find. "Close to the Edge" is a superbly advised story of the collective and the private, the cultural and political a vintage of hip hop writing and a poignant tribute to city youth." Jeff Chang, writer of "Can't cease Won't cease: A heritage of the Hip Hop new release "
At its rhythmic, beating middle, "Close to the Edge" asks even if hip hop can swap the area.
Hip hop rapping, beat-making, b-boying, deejaying, graffiti captured the mind's eye of the teenage Sujatha Fernandes within the Nineteen Eighties, inspiring her and politicizing her alongside the best way. Years later, armed with mc-ing talents and an urge to immerse herself in international hip hop, she embarks on a trip into road tradition world wide. From the south facet of Chicago to the barrios of Caracas and Havana and the sprawling outer edge of Sydney, she grapples with questions of world voices and native reviews, and the fad that underlies either.
An engrossing learn and an exciting travelogue, this punchy booklet additionally asks difficult questions on dispossession, racism, poverty and the hunt for swap via a microphone.

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Oh! ’’ But my head was just filled with things, so I started writing poems, and as I would write poems, for some reason they would come to me as a song. I could do all this rhyme and stuff, but then I could hear the lyric in my head, with the melody. ’’ You know, I’d just go down the line. And so the songs would just lay there. I would just write them. I didn’t know how to get them to anybody, but every time the Regal Theatre in Chicago opened its doors, I was always sitting watching some Motown Revue or somebody.

We used them several times. Then I got [keyboardist and brother of Carla] Marvell Thomas and [guitarist] Michael Toles. That’s where they came in. When we couldn’t get Hi Rhythm, we would move on and get Marvell and Michael. So we didn’t seem to lose anything. We lost maybe that Hi sound, but we still had a good sound. That was important. ’Cause at one point in time almost everything that was coming out of Hi sounded the same. You know, when the introduction hit off—it’s kind of like Malaco— when they hit off, you just know Hi Records.

They would send for me, and I would go and Billy would go with me. I would never go without Billy. And I’d go down there and they would just talk. ’’ I said, ‘‘No. ’’ And I couldn’t understand why. ’’ I just knew better than to do that, because I just felt like they were getting ready to take advantage of me in some way, one way or the other. I was a young girl, pretty and sexy and all that stuff, and I didn’t want to be taken advantage of. I said, ‘‘If they want me as a singer, then I’m going to sing.

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