With any acoustic album an artist takes the
risk of exposing weakness, but Marcelo D2 meets the challenge with a passionate
performance. He proves undeniable skill as an MC, though any listeners without
abilities in Portuguese might be frustrated. High points include the danceable
"Sangue Bom," (though the appearance by Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas adds
nothing of value) and the pensive "1967". The low point is a duet with his son.
It seems that even foreign rappers are not immune from teaming with a family
member on a sappy, creatively low-rent song (think Eminem, Master P, etc).
Anyone interested in the current Brasilian music scene should give this disc a
try. Listen to it alfresco on a warm day and you will be treated to the
experience of Rio in the winter of 2005. --an Amazon
A Procura Da Batida Perfeita
Marcelo D 2 is the most fresh individual brazilian artist on the samba/rap scene. This CD will be a inspiration for any listener, Latin, Caucasian or whoever. It is pure energy - and the rapping/singing/rhytmical skills this guy has - olala! Buy it. It is the best music Brazil can offer in our time. --an Amazon reviewer
Looking for the Perfect Beat
Marcelo D2's vibrant album is a fusion of
Brazilian club grooves and hip hop. With tracks frequently developed around a
percussive samba core, Marcelo expands into new territory with his use of
traditional sounds, programmed elements, scratches (courtesy of Mixmaster Mike),
Portuguese raps and a range of stylistic influences that run from acoustic
Latino to electro and hip hop. 2004.
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