By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Currently one of the biggest names in Brazilian hip hop, rapper Emicida will return to Rio Janeiro to present his second album entitled, Sobre Crianças, Quadris, Pesadelos e Lições de Casa (About Children, hips, Nightmares and House Lessons), live in Circo Voador on Friday, November 6th.
Emicida was last in Circo Voador during June earlier this year when he presented a free concert sponsored by Funarte. Announced only two days in advance, the show was attended by over two thousand people with more than one thousand people listening from outside the gates in the streets of Lapa, according to organizers.
Emicida was born Leandro Roque de Oliveira in São Paulo’s North Zone in 1985, and began using the stage name Emicida, a combination of Portuguese words for MC (Emcee) and homicide or murderer (homicida), as he worked his way up through the São Paulo’s hip-hop ‘battle’ scene.
He released his first album, O Glorioso Retorno de Quem Nunca Esteve Aqui (The Glorious Return of Someone Who Was Never Here) in 2013. Additionally he has releassed two EPs, mixtapes, and multiple singles and is well known for his live battles and collaborations with other artists including Criolo.
Praised for his rhythms and for his poetic lyrics which have matured during the years, Emicida’s hits include “Triunfo“, “Hoje cedo”, “Levanta e anda”, “Passarinhos”, “Boa Esperança”, and “Zóião.”
In addition to being one of the most recognized hip hop artists in Brazil, Emicida has received international attention. He has performed at multiple festivals including Coachella, Rock in Rio, and São Paulo’s SWU and Popload festivals, among others.
The band OQuadro will perform to open the night on Friday.