Hip-Hop in Brazil

21 Mar

Here is the video on São Paulo’s graffiti that we discussed in class today.

When scholars discuss other hip-hop influenced musical styles in Brazil, the other two big movements are Carioca Funk in Rio de Janeiro and some of the Mangue Bit / Beat from Recife (Pernambuco).

The most internationally well-known Mangue Beat group was Chico Science & Nação Zumbi. Those of you where in class today will notice the discursive connection of their name to the Quilombo leader Zumbi. The Mangue Bit/Beat aesthetic mixed rock with hip hop beats and rapping while also paying attention to digital technology. Here are two contrasting versions of that genre.

Chico Science & Nação Zumbi, “Rios, Pontes, e Overdrives” 

Coco Raizes de Arcoverde, “Godê Pavão” (DJ Dolores STANK Mix)

Carioca or Baile Funk has also done very well in international circles. Here are two examples that I hope demonstrate a unique approach to hip-hop practices.

Amilckar & Chocolate, “Som de Preto”

DJ Sany Pitbull v. Daft Punk, “Tecnologyn” (Baile Funk) 



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