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Close To The Edge: In Search Of The Global Hip-Hop Generation

Issue No. 2272

What makes hip-hop a global phenomenon? The political activist Sujatha Fernandes explores how the genre has influenced young people across cultural backgrounds.

She makes insightful comments about hip-hop’s growth among Japan’s middle class youth, the international festivals championed by successful political rappers from the US, and the music’s political power.

Much of her research took place in Cuba, on which she has contradictory views. She admires its principles of equality, but also faithfully reports MCs rapping about poverty.

This book has a wealth of information to offer, well worth a read.

Close To The Edge: In Search Of The Global Hip-Hop Generation
By Sujatha Fernandes
Verso, £12.99


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Tue 4 Oct 2011, 18:02 BST
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