Planet Hemp first hit the scene in 1993 when Marcelo D2 and Skunk, founding members, joined together to become a rap duo in Brazil. Soon they were joined by musicians Rafael, Bacalhau and Formigão which fused the groups rap origin with a little bit of rock, psychedelia, and hardcore. The bands hype grew among the youth culture that enjoyed their energetic and aggressive performances that almost always ended in riots. The death of band member Skunk in 1994 lead to a temporary dissolution of the group, though he was replaced by Bê Negão. Their CD Usuário featured hits such as “Mantenha o Respeito” and “Legalize Já” which went gold. Their next release, Os Cães Ladram Mas a Caravana Não Pára went platinum.
Born and raised in Brazil, Gaby Amarantos grew up surrounded by music. The “Tecnobrega” queen makes it clear that her main influence for her music is the neighborhood where she was born, where everything is played at the same time. Technobrega fuses together Techno music with brega, which referes to “tacky” and cheesy romantic music. Paul Lester from The Guardian describes Amarantos’ sound: “Her music sounds…like a mashup of 90s Euro rave, Cumbia, and the kind of Hispanic Electro-Pop you hear in discos on holiday when you’re out of your mind on budget cocktails.” Her latest album, Treme, was released in 2012.
Hailing from Sao Paulo, Brasil, Emicida began his career in 2006 when he sang his first rhymes at freestyle battles and underground parties throughout the city. In 2009, Emicida released, independently distributed, and sold more than 10,000 copies of his first mixtape. In 2010, the rapper released two mixtapes, which helped him become one of the leading names of the new Brazilian Hip-Hop generation. Emicida’s first international tour started in April, 2011, when he performed at the Coachella Festival. That same year, he was invited to perform at two of the major Brazilian music festivals: Rock in Rio and SWU and went on to win the “Act of the Year” award, from the MTV Video Music Brazil Awards. In 2012, Emicida released three hit singles: “Trouble”, “Zica, Go There”, and “Finger On”, further solidifying his prominent position in the Brazilian Hip-Hop world.
DJ Greg Caz, best known as one half of the Brazilian Beat Brooklyn team, is a New York City-based DJ with a wide eclectic range. Although best known for the Brazilian music expertise which fueled his weekly Sunday night party at Brooklyn’s defunct Black Betty for 8 years and continues to rock Nublu in the East Village alongside Forró In The Dark, DJ Greg Cruz also plays the full gamut of rare grooves, Funk, R&B, Jazz, Rock, Psych, Reggae & Rock Steady, Latin & boogaloo, Cuban, loungy soundtrack music, sunshine pop and soft-psych and much more. Having released a number of mix CDs and compilations over the years, DJ Greg Caz travels constantly bringing his eclectic unpredictability to both dance floors and lounges worldwide.
Part of SummerStage’s “This is __ Hip-Hop” series.
Event website: www.brasilsummerfest.com
Appropriate for: All Ages