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Background information
Birth nameLeandro Roque de Oliveira
Born (1985-08-17) August 17, 1985 (age 34)
São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2005–present
LabelsLaboratório Fantasma
Associated actsKamau, Marechal, Rael Da Rima, Felipe Tixaman, Ogi, Rashid, Projota, Slim Rimografia

Leandro Roque de Oliveira (born August 17, 1985), better known by his stage name Emicida, is a Brazilian rapper, singer, songwriter and MC.[1]

The rapper is known for his impromptu rhymes, that made him one of the most respected MCs in Brazil. Regarded as one of the biggest revelations of underground hip hop in his country, Emicida accumulates thousands of hits on every battle in his YouTube page and about 900 thousand views on his MySpace page.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Leandro was born into a poor family. He composed rhymes and passed them to his friend to record and sell. His father died when Leandro was still a child, as told in the song "Ooorra ...".


The name Emicida is a portmanteau of the words Emcee and homicide. Because of his frequent victories in the battles of improvisation, his friends began to say that Leandro was a "killer", who kills his opponents through rhymes. Later, the rapper turned it into an acronym for "Enquanto Minha Imaginação Compuser Insanidades, Domino a Arte" (rough translation, As long as my imagination composes insanities, I rule the art).[3]


Live performances are accompanied by the DJ instrumental in Nyack. The Emicida career began in the early 1990, where his parents organized black dances in the outskirts of São Paulo, and he began to use the equipment and write his first rhymes.[4]

Emicida is known for songs such as "Rua Augusta" and "Zica, Vai Lá". He composed tracks for the soundtrack of Rockstar Games' Max Payne 3[5]

His style is influenced by many Brazilian rappers as well as US names including Mos Def, Wu-Tang Clan and The Fugees [6]

His song "Levanta e Anda", featuring Rael, was featured in the FIFA 15 soundtrack, while "Bonjour", featuring Féfé was on the soundtrack of NBA 2K16.

His song "A Chapa É Quente!", also featuring Rael, was nominated for the 2017 Latin Grammy Award for Best Urban Song.[7]


Studio albums[edit]


  • Pra Quem Já Mordeu Um Cachorro Por Comida, Até Que Eu Cheguei Longe... (2009)
  • Emicídio (2010)

Extended plays[edit]

  • Sua Mina Ouve Meu Rep Tamém (2010)
  • Doozicabraba e a Revolução Silenciosa (2011)


  • 2008: "Triunfo"
  • 2009: "E.M.I.C.I.D.A"
  • 2010: "Avua Besouro"
  • 2010: "Emicídio"
  • 2011: "Rua Augusta"
  • 2011: "Então Toma!"
  • 2011: "Viva"
  • 2011: "Ainda Ontem"
  • 2011: "Eu Gosto Dela"
  • 2012: "Zica, Vai Lá!"
  • 2012: "Dedo Na Ferida"
  • 2013: "Crisântemo"
  • 2013: "Gueto (feat MC Guimê)"
  • 2013: "Hoje Cedo (feat Pitty)"
  • 2015: "Boa Esperança (feat J. Ghetto)"
  • 2015: "Passarinhos (feat Vanessa da Mata)"
  • 2018: "Pantera Negra"
  • 2018: "Hacia el Amor"


  1. ^ 5 minutes with... Emicida Interview on timeout.com.br
  2. ^ Meet Emicida, ascending Brazilian rapper deepbrazil.com, 15 April 2011
  3. ^ "Só no site: Emicida style". Revista Trip. Retrieved 2 October 2009.
  4. ^ "TramaVirtual". UOL. Archived from the original on 10 June 2010. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  5. ^ "Emicida "9 Círculos" (from the Max Payne 3 Original Soundtrack". May 8, 2012. Retrieved December 16, 2013.)
  6. ^ Emicida's 10 Hip Hop Classics
  7. ^ Ceccarini, Viola Manuela (20 November 2017). "The 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards in Las Vegas". Livein Style. Retrieved 28 December 2017.

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