Funk Carioca 2: The legacy of Furacão 2000

Baile Funk doesn’t seem to draw as deep a line between the popular and the political. Like so much of the music in the Americas, the popular is political (excepting of course, the present state of pop in the EEUU). In Brasil, you don’t need a Dante Terrell Smith aka Mos Def aka Yasiin Bey to get all in your face about the plight of the people. The same MCs that put the popozuda on a pedestal can dig deep into the brutality and beauty of favela life. The superficial and the profound coexist a little more comfortably… and the popozuda doesn’t stop popping. I’m probably over-romanticizing the whole thing just a little bit, but a lot of Funk Carioca feels frozen in its roots, stuck in a time of cassette tapes, the Sugarhill Gang and Grandmaster Flash. Plenty of it has jumped the track and gone straight bling commercial. But a lot of it holds onto the aspirations of the early years. A look back:

MCs Cidinho e Doca

Then I don’t know if this was like Brasil’s Yo MTV Raps meets Soul Train or what… but a couple shots from some old episodes of Furacão 2000:

MCs Cidinho e Doca

MC Bob Run

MCs Cidinho e Doca

MC Suel e Amaro

¿y… qué crees?

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