Marian Liu on the Changing Sounds of Hip-Hop

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“The fusion goes back to the Beatles in the ’60s, but this is the new millennium version where the new generation is doing it, fusing East and West together,” says Sammy Chand, another Karmacy emcee and owner of the Indian music label Rukus Avenue.

Marian Liu wrote an article in the San Jose Mercury News back in 2003 that shed some light on a then emerging phenomenon of second-generation immigrants finding a voice through Hip-Hop. In it, the piece featured insight from Nitasha Sharma, who at the time was pursuing her doctoral studies at UC Santa Barbara, and who would later write a rather comprehensive ethnography of the period entitled Hip Hop Desis: South Asian Americans, Blackness, and a Global Race Consciousness


Sammy Chand is a Los Angeles, CA based music producer and film composer.