Racionais MC's

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Racionais MC's
Racionais MC's.png
Logo used by the group in their more recent albums.
Background information
Also known asRacionais
OriginSao Paulo,  Brazil
GenresAlternative hip hop, rap, political hip hop
Years active1988–present
LabelsZimbabwe, Cosa Nostra
MembersMano Brown
Ice Blue
Edy Rock
DJ KL Jay
 
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Racionais MC's
Racionais MC's.png
Logo used by the group in their more recent albums.
Background information
Also known asRacionais
OriginSao Paulo,  Brazil
GenresAlternative hip hop, rap, political hip hop
Years active1988–present
LabelsZimbabwe, Cosa Nostra
MembersMano Brown
Ice Blue
Edy Rock
DJ KL Jay

Racionais MC's is a hip hop group based in São Paulo, Brazil. Mano Brown (Pedro Paulo Soares Pereira), Ice Blue (Paulo Eduardo Salvador), Edy Rock (Edvaldo Pereira Alves) and DJ KL Jay (Kleber Geraldo Lelis Simões) formed the group in 1988. Each member hails from the ring of favelas (slums) around São Paulo locally called the periferia. Their lyrics combine themes of social justice with gangster imagery, a far cry from the idyllic breeziness typically associated with Brazilian rap music, Racionais Mc's is often considered the most important Brazilian rap group.

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History

The Zimbabwe Years (1988-1995)

Racionias MC's first appeared on the Zimbabwe label compilation Consciência Black (Black Conscience) in 1988. Their songs Pânico na Zona Sul ("Panic on the Southside") and Tempos Difíceis ("Hard Times") offer a snapshot of favela life with lyrics vividly depicting rampant police brutality, racism, poverty, and crime. The group released their first album, Holocausto Urbano (Urban Holocaust) in 1990. The EP included the two songs from Consiência Black along with three new tracks dealing with themes of loose women and institutionalized racism. The group played several shows around the city and state of São Paulo over the next two years, including two shows at the FEBEM (Fundação Estadual do Bem-Estar do Menor) juvenile detention center and a special show with Public Enemy at the Ginásio do Ibirapuera.

Racionias MC's gained national attention with their participation in the Ministry of Education's ARAPensado e Educação (loosely translated as "The Rap Thinking and Education) program in 1992. The program included lectures and discussions in schools on a variety of issues affecting favela inhabitants, including drugs, police violence, poverty, and racism. These forums had the dual effect of expanding awareness of Racionas MC's agenda along with their fan base, as residents the favelas in cities across Brazil could relate to the Paulista rap group's experience. That year the group released their second album, Escolha o Seu Caminho (Choose Your Path), with the notable tracks "Voz Ativa" ("Active Voice") and "Negro Limitado" ("Limited Black Man"). Following its release the group headlined the Rap no Vale show at Vale do Anhangabaú in São Paulo.

Mano Brown, the band's leader.

In 1993 the group saw their notoriety continue to increase. They participated in the National Theatre's Música Negra em Ação (Black Music in Action) project alongside Thaíde e DJ Hum, another prominent São Paulo Hip Hop act. Their philanthropic activities continued as they played several benefit shows for health clinics, youth sports programs, and samba schools. The year also saw the release of their first full length LP Raio X Brasil (X-Ray Brazil). The album includes several standout tracks including "Fim de Semana no Parque" ("Weekend in the Park"), a lyrical sketch of lowlifes in São Paulo; "Mano na Porta do Bar" ("Man at the Bar Door"), a skillful remix of Curtis Mayfield's "Freddie's Dead"; and the unexpected harmonica and piano jam "Fio da Navalha" ("Razor Edge"). Mano Brown won the Prêmio Sharp award for "O Homem na Estrada" ("The Man on the Road"), one of the album's other notable tracks. A 1994 show at the Vale do Anhangabaú in support of the album ended in a riot when police raided the show and arrested the group. The group was charged with inciting violence.


Cosa Nostra (1995-present)

The presentations continued and increasing impact of Racionais MC's beginning to extrapolate the boundaries of São Paulo. In 1997, a sort of 'DIY' (do it yourself) rap group inaugurates own label Cosa Nostra Phonographic with the release of the album 'Surviving in Hell', selling over 1 million copies independently including the tracks' Diary of a Prisoner, 'Magic Formula for Peace', 'Chapter 4, Verse 3' and 'Wizard of Oz'. Stamp still throw discs Sabotage, RZO and Revelation 16, and Rosana Bronks define a well peculiar group work with his musical career. Brown, KL Jay, Blue Rock and Edi has, to date, control of its entire production, from composing and recording his own albums in a studio, to distribuição.Entre 12 songs of 'Surviving in Hell' took one previously unknown proportions. Composed in partnership with ex-con Jocenir, the track 'Diary of A Detainee' burst on the radio in the country, portraying the tension that preceded the rebellion of 1992 in Carandiru prison in São Paulo, where more than 100 prisoners were killed by Troop Choque.Com launching a scathing clip for the new hit, the Rationals MC's will to VMB and wins the prize 'Audience Choice' - equivalent to the current 'Artist of the Year'. On occasion, the group made a presentation memorable and just cheered by the audience. See: Living the greatest explosion of their songs so far, the group would go beyond the boundaries even further with the launch of the periphery of the double album 'Nothing Like A Day After The Other Day'.

Some of his tracks, such as 'Vida Loka' I and II, 'Black Drama' and 'Jesus Wept' is still one of the most sung at concerts. But despite the success, the disc would start a period of 10 years without unreleased albums. Four years ago without new work, released in 2006 is the first DVD of the group, '1000 Trout, 1000 Bullshit ', a record of 15 songs recorded during concerts held since 2002. The only new song from the compilation is the track 'Abenção Mom, Dad Abenção', which includes a cameo by Jorge Ben Jor. In the year following the release of the DVD, reliving the episode of 1994, the PM intervened in the Rationals show MC's during the Cultural Turn, where nearly 3 million people attended the presentation. The confusion would have started after the police repress some people from the audience who tried to climb a newsstand to watch the show. In 2009, the group began a public expects only to end in 2012. Some blogs have announced the launch of the new studio album from the Rationals, titled 'Okay In The Rain'.

Some songs came to fall on the web, but no official release has been made, In 2012 the group released the video clip of the song "Thousand faces a loyal man" which portrays the life of Bahia, communist militant, enemy number 1 of the Military Dictatorship in Brazil, Carlos Marighella, the video that was recorded in the 'Occupation Maua' - housing considered the 'New Pinheirinho' for housing more than 200 families in the city center of Sao Paulo - refers to armed struggle against the military dictatorship in Brazil, interspersing historical images of protests, with scenes of Mano Brown, Ice Blue, KL Jay, Edi Rock and Dexter invited back to 1969 with the occupation of Radio National, with Carlos Marighella sending a message and calling on the people to resist and fight oppression. On a memorable night won the award for best video of the year at VMB 2012. The sixth studio album from the rap group Brazil's most important is to be launched in 2013.

Discography

Studio albums

Live albums

Compilation albums

Music Videos

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