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Mecca Global has been doing her thing from the streets of New Jersey to New York. Just like her heroes Queen Latifah and Salt and Peppa she was out and about living the life and in the midst of the hustlers and dope boys. Growing up fast exposed her to things firsthand that her peers only heard about and she credits the streets for keeping her focused and giving her a colorful cast of characters to draw on for material for her literary endeavors. From the drug corridors of the East Coast Mecca Global journeyed down to the Black Mecca of Atlanta and let her inner artist come out. In the atmosphere of creativity that exists in the ATL she started writing and continued with her social butterfly persona, making connections and getting know in the entertainment world. Besides writing she started rapping with some fanfare, taking her talents to new heights. But at the end of the day she quotes Jay-Z, I’m not a rapper, I’m a hustler. Just so happen I know how to rap. Back in New York she set to writing her novel Heat and hooked up with the Queen of Thug Lit fiction, Wahida Clark. Together they devised a plan to bring Mecca Global’s literary talents to the world. But don’t let us tell it. Here is the Mecca Global exclusive-
Why did you decide to write a book?
I decided to write this book Heat last year. I had already self published 3 books before in the past the years 2004, 2012, 2013 Heat code of the streets. Sold the books out my trunk, and a few stores. But it was not until after I nurtured my craft of writing when I decided I wanted to do another book. But I did my research this time around on WHO I wanted to publish with. Wahida Clark been doing her thing in the book game, and she from the streets, so she understands my style of writing one hundred percent! So it was a no-brainer.
What is your book about?
Without giving too much of the book away – it’s about a hood love story. Heat is from a decent family, fascinated by certain type of street dudes, Dope boys from the trap. The book shows you the other side beyond the flashy, money, and clothes. It’s focused on the drama that comes along with a certain type of lifestyle. Heat does not know the extent of how deep Samad is in the streets. He is one of the most ruthless, dangerous, arrogant type of drug dealers. Over time she starts to see his other side behind closed doors. Which is not the person she fell in love with.
Why should someone read your book?
Well first of all they should read my book because it’s official, a page turner from the first chapter to the last because I know what type of books I like to read that keep my attention. The editor Linda did not go easy on me either, during the process making sure she sent my book back to change anything boring! Second of all Wahida Clark set the bar so high making sure it’s right and on the level of the quality type of books you expect when you pick up any book with Wahida Clark name on it. I take my writing serious, and I take constructive criticism even more serious. Just off GP making sure I deliver A page turner Heat is worth the read to keep you interested. Not to mention, whenever you see my name MECCAGLOBAL attached to anything regarding WRITING its QUALITY! I make sure I write what I like to read. This writing shit is not a game, not a Hobby for me. So you will get Quality work!
Would you classify your book as urban fiction, why or why not?
I would classify Heat as urban STREET fiction because regardless of what state you are from everybody can relate to relationships. No relationship is perfect. There will be drama at some point, maybe a chick calling your man phone or vice versa you need to scream on his ass for acting thirsty with another chick making you look stupid out here! If you ever lost a loved one to violence in the streets, the pain and heartache of any type of tragedy is universal.
How did you get the name Mecca Global?
I started rapping under that name Mecca and, when my record deal fell through I started writing for a different magazine doing music reviews, and write ups under MeccaGloBal. I just added the name GLOBAL to the end of my name knowing one day I’m not just going to be local in my own hometown … So in other words just speaking it into existence…Global..
What does getting published mean to you?
Getting your work published and getting your work out there to people feels great. I love my craft of writing, so from the first time I had my writing published in the first magazine I wrote for doing music reviews, I also had my first book self published by then too. I left that magazine and started writing for Straight Stuntin Magazine in 2010 my columns and the artist interviews in every issue. I take pride in my work it feels great seeing your work not only in books, but in a magazine also.
How did you get down with Wahida?
I actually reached out to Wahida I called her directly and let her know what I was trying to do with my writing and she was official from the first phone call. She set up a meeting for me to come to her office, Long story short by the 2nd meeting we put our heads together, that was 1 year ago August 2014 — fast forward now Heat is here, she kept her word. And now the world is getting Heat the street Series stay tuned for more…
What is next for Mecca Global?
I’m going to keep Executive Producing with my TV show, been on cablevision for 6 years and counting channel 19 out in Newark New Jersey Saturday nights 11 pm. It’s a music video show. I play Independent artist music videos and I do artist interviews viral video interviews. I air it on my TV show along with their music videos. I come out and cover events (Photography still shots, video footage recording your events. I am going to continue writing for Straight Stuntin Magazine. My blog SBakerMediaGroup.com I’m a blogger when I feel like it. I been busy with my writing. My street series books Heat coming now with Wahida Clark Presents. Maybe this upcoming year I will focus on a relationship I’m single but these men out here– I don’t know I’m not with all this soft stuff / glittery sneakers and lip gloss men looking more pretty than us women. — Thank you for this interview. I appreciate it. Shout out to Shaquan Baker, Shout out to WCP. Shout out to DJ KAY SLAY – Straight Stuntin Magazine, and all the day 1 supporters, and believers. I appreciate all of you!
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