Is funk still a marginalised form of music in Brazil?
No, not any more. Funk is played across Brazil, but in some regions it’s an elite style of music. Your background is very different from the majority of funk MCs. Does this influence your music? I was born in Tijuca and raised in Copacabana. My dad used to listen to soul music, rock ‘n’ roll. This influenced my career. I had a rock band called O Beco, which lasted for six years. I still listen to a lot of soul and rock today. And when did you get into funk? I heard it for the first time in 1992 and I liked it. It was different from everything I was listening to at the time, I thought it was crazy. How do you see the future of funk carioca, outside the favelas? Where is this type of music heading? We’re going through a transitionary phase at the moment. Funk is going to start making an impact in different ways: it’s already starting to fuse with house music. People on the rap scene are also showing an interest. I’m going to record with JA Rule soon and I’m negotiating with Timbaland. Th