Review of Biggie Apple Mixtape by Pearls Negras
From the Vidigal favela, one of Rio’s slum areas near Copacabana beach a Brazilian Rap Trio Pearls Negras were born. Never hearing anything like this before it was great to be given the opportunity to review such a new and fresh sound. I decided to read a few things about Pearls Negras before writing this. As am unknown quantity it would help me get a better idea about their sound and reason for starting the trio. It was interesting to find out, that since being discovered they have collaborated with English producers David Alexander and Jan Blumentrath, both of whom, have worked with some big names in American alternative hip-hop.
The Biggie Apple Mixtape is full of fresh sounding beats, in a fresh and exciting sound, not something I have heard before. Throughout, it is upbeat and the flow is super sleek. Listening to it is quite difficult, as it is in Brazilian and so obviously understanding it is difficult. Although you can still hear the passion they have for music. It isn’t really something that I would find myself wanting to listen to, however The Biggie Apple Mixtape, would certainly appeal to some and I can see why they have been successful in getting themselves out there.
I had a listen of some of their other music and it is full of interesting beats. I have no doubt they would be very successful in Brazil and from the reviews the lyrics are all about their life in the favela’s and the troubles as well as the beauty of living there. I wouldn’t dismiss them straight away they are talented girls.
Review by Natalie Combey-Yildiz