A rap beat from Rio de Janeiro’s favelas caused a stir.
By FELIPE DANA and DAVID BILLER
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – First, Vitor Oliveira sells the ground floor of the bare brick building he built near the top of the sprawling Favela in Rio de Janeiro. He then sold one of the two second-floor apartments. Then his car
It’s all for the music – for trap de cria, a new kind of hip-hop that has awakened the gang in Rio’s slums.
Oliveira, 31, plows money to build a small recording studio and editing room in the building’s final apartment. He returned from work there, driving a motorcycle taxi up and down Rocinha, one of Latin America’s largest slums, to work on a bike, 18 songs and accompanying video.
Trap de cria (roughly translated: “folk trap”) is the freshest sound of this and other favelas, and most of them are still unknown outside. Featuring a lyrical flow over a synthetic drum, it is an offshoot of Atlanta-style traps and speaks of the everyday struggles of the tough hoodies.
With the exception of these rappers, most of them are not real gangsters, although millions of YouTubers are unaware from their videos showing them boasting what appears to be real guns in a crowded working-class neighborhood. Drug dealer
Folk trap bravery sometimes looks like a harmless dress and, while others glorify life in crime. The artist grew up with a boy who became the watchdog of the runners and the gang commander. Some of them are still friendly.
“Our weapons are our voices, our ammunition is our lyrics,” said Philippe Toledo, rapper as Lydinho 22 as he stuffed the magazine into a plastic airsoft gun. Then he pointed his muzzle at the camera “Boom”.
Not everyone is a fan. Last year, Rio police launched a video investigation of Marcos Borges and Ivens Santos, 22-year-old rapping under the names MbNaVoz and Dom Melodia.Police are investigating how they got the SUV and how it was being used. Is the gun real? The clip has already been viewed 4 million times.
Brazil’s civilian police said Borges and Santos faced charges of crime and involved in drug trafficking and could face charges of carrying a firearm illegally if it was confirmed. Real
“Freedom of expression has limits and limits are when a crime is committed. We understand that crime has been committed, ”Police Detective Allan Duterte told SBT television.“ We cannot let the children praise these people who carry guns and commit crimes. ”
Borges looks the scary part: He has a Uzi tattoo on his neck, but he doesn’t mind the official criticism.
“We have to paint a picture of what we are,” he said in an interview as he smokes marijuana. “We couldn’t sing about a woman walking on the sidewalk or Copacabana’s skateboard if we weren’t living that way. I go out and get crazy stuff all the time. Do you have me? That is what is in the favela. ”
Borges said they organized a filming the same day as the illegal road race and the participants lent the car. He said they used air guns and that doing something else would be a stupid thing.
The Associated Press examined the gun used for the music video, while it reported on six favelas over the course of eight days, and all of them were airsoft guns, including the Borges and Santos rifles that were shot on April 11th.It also featured counterfeit notes. Together, the two earn the equivalent of one minimum wage from YouTube.
They even changed the filming location from the barbecue they planned to shoot because they could not afford food to the traffickers who had gathered there.
The gang controls a large number of ethnic groups that are home to 1.7 million people in Rio’s metro region, according to the 2010 census.Service is limited due to the possibility of exiting the favela.
“No one wants to hear that children are dying, young people are dying without giving us a chance,” said Thaina Denicia, 23, a former rapper who is Thai Flow.
Denicia doesn’t feature guns in her videos and doesn’t judge who did; Her father was a human traffick and she grew up with crime in her home. She wanted to echo in her group of favelas, Complexo do Alemao, and provide a window for outsiders who don’t know first things about their lives.
“I am talking about the crimes of the characters that are built, the society is built and where we can go and who we can be,” she adds.
But popularity risks not good conduct. Last year when the rapper dismissed city councilor Gabriel Montero, a former military police officer told 6 million followers on social media, “The artist should be” uplifting crime and shaming society. In February, state lawmakers denounced the dangerous influence of folk traps by sharing a music video about motorcyclists’ branded rifles.
“Is this the culture you want for your kids?” He asked on Instagram.
This is not the first song born of Rio’s largely black and ethnic community to arouse fear. A century ago, police arrested a samba musician playing the hand drum pandero.
In the 1990s, funk and hip hop musicians had their turn. Janaina Medeiros, journalist author of “Rio Funk: Crime or Culture?”, Lacked a video recording method, a lack of video recording methods. When a gang CD referring to “Forbidden Funk” became popular, officials cracked down on the dance.
“The whole movement is seen as a vicious nation, as is the big virus that is about to contaminate society, lure crime and kidnap good girls from their families,” Medeiros said.
Funk was the theme song for Vitor Oliveira’s teenage years and he started making his own. With a folk trap, he discovered a more open genre of expressing himself and hooked.
Not far from his studio, 100 feet away, cocaine and marijuana were sold by a young man ambush with a semi-automatic system, Oliveira said he occasionally ran errands for the gang. But only when desperate for cash
Obviously, there is a strong desire. Before he filmed the March 6 video, human traffickers removed the ring from their fingers and pulled the heavy gold chains from their necks to operate Oliveira.
Under the name MC Piloto, he recorded 10 songs and 2 videos for his 18-track projects, success sometimes seems like a distant dream. But he envisioned himself avoiding all the pitfalls.
“Do you think (the state) won’t worry about seeing the man in black doing well in this life? Damn. It will try to get me, “he said,” but I’m ready to jump in. ”