Ghetto 808 mix and podcast out now!

And here's another thing I was promising:

Ghetto 808 is a regular club night I'm going to start hosting here in Helsinki in the nearby future. And the first promo mix is finally ready. It's 58 minutes full of the hottest baile funk and kuduro and some other joints too.

Dj Rideon presents Ghetto 808:


Bass Check
DJ Rideon: This My Shit
Os Hawaianos: Vem Kikando Rmx
DJ Sany Pitbull feat DJ Woody: I Feel Good (James Brown Funk Carioca Mix)
DJ Cabide: Montagem Baile Lotadão
Menor do Chapa: Vida Loka (DJ 17 Pistola Mix)
Bomba Funk 2: Aquecimento 2006
Bomba Funk 2: Mega Doido
DJ Rideon: Fuck Me Baby
Gaiola das Popozudas: Late Que Eu To Passando
Os Ousados: Passinho do Basquete
DJ Sandrinho: Pump It Up
DJ Sandrinho: Serrote Funk (Cleck Cleck Boom)
Bonde Neurose: 100% Neurose 2006
DJ Sandrinho vs. Justin Timberlake: Sexy Back
Puto Prata: Sai La Daqui
Buraka Som Sistema feat. Petty: Wawaba
Luky Gomes: Patiri
Leo Canhoto & Robertinho: Chumbo Quente (DJ Edgar Rmx)
DJ Sandrinho: Pump Friction
SD Boyz: Uh! Uh! Tá Tomado
95 South: Wet’n’Wild (DJ Laz Booty Bounce Mix)
DJ Assault: Sex On The Beach

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In the future there'll be more mixes and maybe also some interview and radioshow stuff, mainly on baile funk, but also other hot ghetto stuff that's out there. So tune in!

And here are also the sleeves for the cd-version, or if you wanna add them to your iPod or something.

Two sites to get some baile funk on mp3

Here are couple of nice links to get mp3s of baile funk:

Funk Neurótico is a pretty famous site, where you can get proibidão songs as well as other stuff. The good thing is: There is plenty of stuff available for download and they put more on the site every week. There's a lot to go through and since you can listen before downloading, it can be frustrating shooting in the dark. The quality is also always 128kps so it's nothing to dj with... Also every song ends on a vinheta (= a radio hook) advertising the site and it's pretty annoying. Anyhow, loads of stuff there, browse through! (From the main site you choose músicas and then either atuais, rap's, melody's or montagens) And don't forget to peep through the video section...


Another one lesser known is DJ's club, which is aimed mainly for the producers. Here you'll be able to find songs from some of the top DJs in the produções section. But what's more important there's loops and samples and instrumentals for producing baile funk. Some of them are in wav, but others in 128kps mp3s and since you can't tell before you've downloaded them, it can be pretty frustrating going them through. Once I've browsed more I'll let you know which one's are in wav and worth while. If you find some, please leave a comment and I'll link them on the blog. Besides the loops and a capelas that everybody understands, browse through also the pontos (=sample-loops taken from other songs) and viradas (=the "turnings" which is more or less like a break or a bridge). Bases means instrumentals.




About posting mp3s

Some people have asked me to post mp3s to my blog, but since these artists are poor and getting ripped off so much anyway, I don’t feel too comfortable supporting this trend without the permission of the artists.

However there are some great mixes and podcasts available totally free in the internet. And in the future I promise you’ll hear more of my mixes too.

And down on the other post are most of the main players provided, so just put Limewire (or whatever peer-to-peer network your using) singing and search by the artist names if you need to get the mp3s.

But anyway this issue is something I'd like to hear some of your opinions too! The main purpose of this blog is to spread the music and information about Rio Baile Funk and I know providing people with the music is vital for it to spread. But is there enough music available or should I post some lo-fi mp3s? Please leave some comments to have some conversation about it!

Different styles of Baile Funk

Even though to western ears it all might sound pretty much the same, in Brazil baile funk has different styles inside the genre. It’s no wonder since the division is made pretty much by the content of the lyrics, not how the music actually sounds like. The four categories baile funk styles are normally devided into are funk sensual, funk melody, funk realidade and montagem.

Funk sensual is the most popular of the styles. It includes all the slackness; the most openly sexual and nasty stuff, including putaria. The lyrics are often straight forward ”advices” of how the girls should shake their booty. (”down to the floor winding slowly, put your hands on your knees and throw your ass up” etc.) Some of the songs are cleaned up of all the dirty words for radio, but everybody knows the nasty versions anyway and sings them out loud when ever a song is played. But it’s not only men who sing putaria; some of the most dirty and sexual songs are sung by women like Tati Quebra Barraco and Deise Tigrona. Singers, mcs and groups doing funk sensual are many, but here are some names to check out: Mr Catra, Os Ousados, Os Hawaianos, Os K-rrascos, Vanessinha do Picatchu, Gaiola das Popozudas, As Experiementas, As Divinas, As Tchutchucas, Bonde do Tigrão, Bonde do Vinho and Bonde Neurose.

Funk melody is a soft, romantic, melodic style of singing baile funk. The lyrics normally deal with love and passion and the beats might be softened with acoustic guitars. It’s suitable for radio play, tv and also for children. Dj Marlboro, who calls it funk novo (new funk) is pushing the style forward introducing new artits all the time. One of the forefathers of the style is a slick artist called Latino and nowadays artists like Perla, Leozinho, Marcihno and Andinho are popular. For many of the old school funkeiros, funk melody isn’t real funk, but only a try to please white and middle class audiencies, neglecting the roots of baile funk of favelas. Any how the style is getting ever more popular in Brazil.

Funk realidade is the harshest and the most hard edged of the styles. Into this category fall all the gun lyrics about ghetto violence and suffering, all the songs about the inhuman living standards favela dwellers have to face. Many of the songs also deal openly about the drug traffic and the factions and insert not so convinient truths about police brutality and that’s mainly why most of funk realidade is also proibidão (highly prohibited) and it’s is forbidden to record, make, sell or even listen to it (and you can get fined by doing so). The name funk realidade (reality funk) suggests the this problematics of the proibidão in brazilian society; the people against such lyrics insist they are an ode to the drug factions and violence and there as encouraging young kids to become outlaws. Where as the artists and the funk audiencies consider they are only showing to the elite the reality of the favelas. But I’ll deal more of that controversy is another post. Even though many artists sing proibidão geared to the favela audiencies along with other styles, the main contributors to the style are pretty much Menor do Chapa, Mr Catra, MC Galo, Duda do Borel, Cidinho & Doca, MC Sapão and MC Sabrina to name some.

Montagem translates pretty much to remix and this is where the DJs step into the front row (though besides that DJs do also all the production and the beats for the MCs and singers). Baile funk remixes are made very simply with loops and samples in a colláge style. When a song comes out by an MC it’s already in the first place kind of an interpretation by a DJ. Then when it becomes popular, pretty much all other DJs also do their version of it. Then there are the classic vocal samples and gunshots everyone uses. Those with recording studio devices can call up the artists to do specials in a dubplate style, but most of the DJs trade vocal samples with each other and most are recorded from live preformances. Nowadays most of Rio’s established DJs also do live montagem with MPCs. Some of the best DJs putting out remixes include Sandrinho, Sany Pitbull, Grandmaster Raphael, Edgar, Dennis, Marlboro, Eliel Campos, Cabide, Jefferson and Mancha.