Monthly Archives: December 2010

Liberdade Para Os MCs

I visited the MCs in prison yesterday along with MC Leonardo, the president of APAFUNK, and DJ Marlboro, who’s credited with recording the first “funk carioca” album in 1989. We met with the MCs in a classroom above the underground … Continue reading

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Aqui O Bagulho É Doido

The top song on–which claims to be “the biggest site of Funk on the Internet!”– is a beautiful, sad song from MC Smith. He is one of the MCs charged with forming a gang (with the other MCs), singing … Continue reading

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Cat Scratch Fever

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Rimando Na Hora Na Cadeia

And somehow Globo made this. MCs Frank, Ticão, Smith, and Max freestyle about being imprisoned. Singing a refrain of “Oh, Mom, don’t cry, no.” The policewoman accuses them of using songs about “crime” as “trampoline” for their careers (because of … Continue reading

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Prohibited Music, Prison, and YouTube

As I settled onto a couch in MC Doca’s living room this afternoon, a Globo News reporter announced that funk MCs had been sent to prison for apologizing crime. MC Ticão and MC Frank had been caught singing about how … Continue reading

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