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Hip Hop Na Veia: So Sangue Bom

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Hip Hop Na Veia: So Sangue Bom compiles a number of Brazil's most noteworthy hip-hop artists, making it a wonderful sampler for those interested in the burgeoning breakbeat culture developing in the South American country at the beginning of the 21st century. Much like how Brazilians began co-opting England's drum'n'bass culture in the late '90s, they had similarly began co-opting New York hip-hop during the same era. By the time of this compilation's release in 2000, there was a fully developed breakbeat culture in Brazil featuring both drum'n'bass and hip-hop. Though there isn't much drum'n'bass influence on this collection, there is a broad variety of approaches to the classic New York hip-hop sound as well as a few tracks that toy with the West Coast gangsta style (MV Bill's "Traficando Informaçäo") and rap-metal (Jigaboo's "Corre-Corre" and Pavilhao 9's "Mandando Bronca," the latter featuring Max Cavalera of Sepultura fame). These occasional idiosyncratic moments help make Hip Hop Na Veia: So Sangue Bom even more interesting than it already is. Nonetheless, most of the songs feature some sort of turntablism, usually DJ scratching and samples, and most of the beats are breakbeats -- two attributes forever associated with the classic Bronx-born hip-hop sound. Don't underestimate these Brazilian rap artists. They may have not grown up listening to DJ Red Alert or Funkmaster Flex on the radio, but they obviously understand the art of hip-hop and have crafted their own unique styles. And you can't help but feel this is just the beginning of what will eventually blossom into something much larger.

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