viernes, 4 de diciembre de 2009


"Rap das Armas" (English: Rap of Weapons) is a song by MC Cidinho and MC Doca. It was originally released on the album Funk Brasil, a compilation which is considered the milestone of funk carioca. The song became very popular in Brazil after a remix version was included on the soundtrack of the film The Elite Squad, the highest-grossing film of 2007 in the country.

It had, however, also enjoyed a considerable amount of success in the early 1990s. The remixed version featured in the film soundtrack had its lyrics modified in order to make it sound like a social protest, which was not the intention of the original version. The song illustrates the daily invasion of favelas by the elite squad of the police in order to fight drug trafficking. Its lyrics references the fireweapons popular among drug dealers and police officers.

Despite its popularity, "Rap das Armas" was never played on the radio and was removed from the film's soundtrack album two weeks after its release, because it allegedly praises drug consumption, and defends the drug dealers and criminal factions side in Rio de Janeiro's war on crime. Cidinho and Daoca are two prominent proibidão rappers. Proibidão refers to the songs which has it airplay prohibited by the court due to alleged crime apology.

A remix made by DJ Quintino reached the number-one spot in both the Dutch and Swedish singles charts in 2009.

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