Do you love Brazil? Are you infatuated with their music? How about their dances like capoeira and samba? How well do you know about Brazilian stuff? As for me I am enchanted by their fusion of hip hop. That’s why I find myself searching and dissecting the know-about of Brazilian rap. And here are some interesting things that Brazilian hip hop fans like me might appreciate.
Well, according to my research the hip hop culture appeared in Brazil in the early 80s - shortly after in the US, more prominently in São Paulo. Actually, it arrived in Brazil by the hands of teams that arranged soul balls and parties. The first ones to appear were the break dancers, who were thrown out of the region by shop owners and the police.
Soon there was a clash between the break dancers and rappers (aka babblers). (continue reading...)
I don’t believe that people know all about how to stake your claim on a singular genre. Especially if we’re talking about the kind of genre that’ll involve music – you just need to look around town and see just how many bands there are in the rock scene, and you’ll know that you have to be truly exceptional to become something like the Beatles. It’s the same thing in the world of rap and hip hop – to become something like Notorious BIG or P. Diddy, you need to stand up for something.
For MV Bill, rap has become a way for him to become something else. In a way, it’s the reverse for him – he used the genre to stake his claim on an even bigger scene – the visible activist scene of Brazil, specifically Rio de Janeiro. His rap is exceptional in terms of content, in that he uses his words, his lyrics to speak out against the injustices suffered by the children of Brazil. (continue reading...)