Birthed in the Bronx, hip-hop become an important forum for the African American youth, with rap recordings airing the voices of inner-city life into the US mainstream. Less documented is how the influence spread to Brasil – where rappers, DJs, break dancers and graffiti artists developed a unique fusion of ideas.
Kicking off in the early 1980s, when the nascent Brazilian hip-hop movement was centred in São Paulo, right up to its 1993 peak, DJ Nuts has endowed us with this three hour vinyl-only mix and some accompanying thoughts.
Words: DJ Nuts
Some people say that the first rap song from Brazil is ‘Melo do Tagarela’, recorded in the year 1980. That’s the same year that ‘Rappers Delight’ became a big hit worldwide and famous actor Miele made his own version in Portuguese. Others says that the “repente” singer had rhythm and poetry ( or rap) even before this hip-hop wave reached the big city.
Either way, things started to change as national media displayed “break dancing” on television, famous DJ crews like Kaskatas, Chic Show, Zimbabwe, TNT, Black Mad became independent record labels.
To trace the history of “rap nacional”, I’ve put together this three hour set from the year 1993 back to an indefinite date in the ’80s. Scroll down to check out some highlight records from the mix.
Thaide & DJ Hum
‘Corpo Fechado’ from Pergunte A Quem Conhece
(Estúdio Eldorado, 1989)