WHAT IT IS Baile funk is a bizarro amalgamation of Miami bass (think 2 Live Crew), electro-funk, and traditional Brazilian pop sounds. ”Anything ’80s is tossed in,” says Philly’s DJ Diplo, a huge fan of the style. ”You’ll hear samples of Rick James next to Vanilla Ice next to Kraftwerk.”
WHERE IT COMES FROM DJs brought Miami bass into Rio’s favelas (hillside slums) in the late ’80s, inspiring a generation of artists/producers to create their own American-Brazilian samba-rap hybrid.
KEY PLAYERS Rio’s DJ Marlboro is credited with pioneering the style, but no big stars have emerged. ”It’s considered underground gangsta music, so the industry in Brazil isn’t in favor of it,” says Daniel Haaksman, a German DJ who released a baile funk comp last year.
ESSENTIAL CDs With their uncleared samples, ”official” releases are scarce, but these are available online: Haaksman’s Rio Baile Funk: Favela Booty Beats (Essay), Slum Dunk Presents Funk Carioca (Mr. Bongo), and Diplo’s Favela on Blast: Rio Baile Funk 04 (Hollertronix).
NECESSARY ACCESSORY At favela ”funk balls,” hip-hop-loving adolescents in baggy jeans party with coke, pot, and guns. Do you know where your teenager is?