Hip hop Tuga

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Portuguese hip hop (Hip hop português), more commonly called hip Hop Tuga, is the Portuguese variety of hip hop music.

Hip hop Tuga is different from mainstream hip hop because it has strong influences from African music, from Lusophone Africa, reggae, zouk and Portuguese fado. It is often performed by African-Portuguese artists, descendants from African immigrants who came to Portugal after the independence of its former African colonies[citation needed].

Artists such as Valete and Sam the Kid are among the most popular. Old school Portuguese hip hop artists include General D., Chullage, Fuse, Regula, Da Weasel, Allen Halloween, Dealema, Mind Da Gap, J.Cap, Sir Scratch, Boss AC, Don Nuno, and Guetto 6 Damaia. Bimma (BMP) is one of Angola's best new school rappers[citation needed].

The founder of hip hop Tuga was rapper General D. Born in Maputo, Mozambique. General D immigrated to Lisbon at young age and although having a Portuguese passport and being heavily influenced by American rap, he perpetually laced the music with his own Mozambique roots. He was the first rap-oriented artist of any kind to have a legitimate recording contract in Portugal. In 1994 he signed with the Portuguese division of EMI Records with whom he recorded two albums "Pé Na Tchôn, Karapinha Na Céu"(1995) and "Kanimabo" (1997). Intelligent and charismatic, General D well-liked by the general public and media, even though his lyrics were often very anti-establishment. [1] [2] [3]

Californian hip hop artist and poet, Ithaka (also known as: Ithaka Darin Pappas) is often included in the Hip hop Tuga community, due to the fact that he lived and recorded in Lisbon during 1992-1998 and was among the first wave of artists working with hip hop in Portugal. There he completed his first two (of eight) albums; Flowers And The Color Of Paint (1995) and Stellafly (1997). His 1995 song, Escape From The City Of Angels (featuring Lisbon's Marta Dias) was included in the soundtrack of Antoine Fuqua's U.S. feature film directorial debut The Replacement Killers (Columbia Pictures) starring Chow Yun Fat, Mira Sorvino, Clifton Collins Jr. and Michael Rooker. The song also appeared on the show Good Girl's Don't on Oprah Winfrey's Oxygen Channel [4] [5] [6] [7]

In a 2017 article in Rimas e Batidas (Rhymes & Beats) about Portuguese hip hop entitled, "Os Álbuns Mais caros Do Hip Hop Português" (The Most Expensive Portuguese Hip Hop Albums), the journalist, Hugo Jorge, determines that the most sought after used Hip hop Tuga records were made by Da Weasel, Fuse, Orelha Negra, Mind Da Gap, Micro, XEG, Mundo Segundo, Dialema, DJ Bomberjack, [8]

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