Brooklyn’s old school hip hop meets Brazil’s tropical beats in Brookzill’s album, Throwback to the Future.

São Paulo’s MC Rodrigo Brandão, who raps under the name Gorila Urbano, has teamed up with producer Prince Paul (best known for working on De La Soul’s 3 Feet High and Rising), keyboardist Don Newkirk, and Digable Planets rapper Ladybug Mecca, the Portuguese-speaking daughter of two Brazilian expat jazz musicians, to contribute on a cross-cultural mash-up of hip hop, jazz, funk and soul.

About half of the lyrics on Brookzill’s debut are in Portuguese, like the title of “Macumba 3000”, a Brazilian religious practice which encapsulates Brookzill’s syncretic purpose: bringing people together under the banner of good music.

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Brazilian journalist based in Los Angeles