When in Rio, you will notice the radios blasting a type of hip-hop/techno music accompanied with rap lyrics. This musical style is the latest in Brazilian funk music. In general, funk is any music style related to American R and B or soul music. Brazilians gave it the name funk because it became popular, in the 70s and 80s, at a time when funk music was popular in America, especially with African Americans. However, Rio’s funk scene should not be compared to George Clinton and other American funksters. Today, funk music is enjoyed throughout Rio but has a close association with the favelas, or ghettos of Rio.
The songs are quite often very explicit about sexuality, drugs, violence, but also chronicle life in the favelas. In reality, funk is not just music but an urban lifestyle.
Here is a popular TV show where many of Rio’s funk stars perform:
Click here to listen to the latest in music from the streets of Rio de Janeiro.
Soulja Boy – Montagem Aquecimento (Relaxa e Sussega)
David Guetta – Loves Gone (DJ Marrentinho)
Costuleta – Ladjum
Mc Marcelly e Luan – Pentada com raiva
MC Amilcka – Quando Toca O Tamborzao
MC Sunda – Danca Do Pirulicoptero
DJ Sandrinho – Respect
DJ Sandrinho – Medley Da Velha Guarda
DJ Sandrinho – Sweet Dreams
DJ Sujinho – Jam Baile Rock
Os Cacadores – Mexendo Ombrinho
Joao Brasil – Get Pet (The Beatles X MC Robinho)
Joao Brasil – Bolete Mine (Beatles X MC Colibri)
DJ Sujinho – Baile Funk Satisfaction
Cidinho & Doca – Rapa Das Armas (Quintino Remix)
Puto Prata – Zuata Zuata
Kuduro – Acucar
Lil Silva – Ramping Shop (Dj Shredah Remix)
Magic System – Un Gaou A Oran