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Racionais MCs' Sobrevivendo no Inferno

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Racionais MCs' Sobrevivendo no Inferno by Marilia Gessa
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In 1997 the rap group Racionais MCs (the `Rational' MCs) recorded the album Sobrevivendo no Inferno (Surviving in Hell), subsequently changing the hip-hop scene in Sao Paulo and firmly establishing itself as the point of reference for youth across Brazil. In an era when rappers needed to defend the very idea that their work was indeed music and a time when neighborhoods such as Capao Redondo, from where Racionais frontman Mano Brown hailed, often topped homicide statistics, Sobrevivendo empowered as it provoked. As one journalist noted, "the underworld of Sao Paulo's working-class suburbs is dominated by cheap thrills and provides little space for representation." Sobrevivendo changed all of that; a brutal but invigorating imagination was born. The lure of Sobrevivendo is the particular combination of word and sound that powerfully involves listeners, especially those millions of young Brazilians who live in the neighborhoods on the periphery of Brazil's megacities. This book celebrates the 20-year anniversary of Sobrevivendo by representing the album's power not only within the hip-hop community but also in other cultural domains such as cinema and literature. The authors also provide their own narrative spins on the sentiment of Sobrevivendo, thus making the book a creative mix of cultural analysis and inspired testimony.

Author Biography

Derek Pardue holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology and is currently the Coordinator of Brazilian Studies at Aarhus University, Denmark. He has conducted fieldwork and archival research in Brazil, Portugal and Cape Verde. His books include: Brazilian Hip Hoppers Speak, Cape Verde: Let's Go (2015) and Ruminations on Violence (2007). Marilia Gessa is a hip-hop scholar who has conducted an ethnographic study about the most important and controversial rap group in Brazil, Racionais MCs. For 10 years, she has been documenting the intellectual and musical processes of the group's members and analyzing them through the lenses of literature, musicology, linguistics and anthropology.
Release date NZ
November 28th, 2019
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Pages
128
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
Bloomsbury Academic USA
ISBN-13
9781501338830
Product ID
26881874

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