Baile Funk aka funk carioca, favela funk
Originated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Surfaced during the mid 80s
São Paulo artists took the style from Rio de Janeiro and transformed the sound into party music with heavy influences of Miami Bass. Baile Funk MCs represent the over 4 million people of different racial backgrounds who live in the city’s favelas, slums. By the people, MCs are described as poets, telling their stories of living in the favelas and their aspirations. By the police, MCs are treated as criminals who promote violence, drug use, and prostitution. With the popularity and controversy surrounding it, Baile Funk is Brazil’s equivalent of the US’s Hip-Hop/Rap music and movement. Watch Viceland’s Noisey Documentary on Baile Funk to learn more!