Portuguese Hip Hop Music: The New Sound of the Scene

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If you’re a fan of hip hop music, then you’ll definitely want to check out the latest from the Portuguese hip hop scene. This new wave of artists is bringing a fresh sound to the genre, and you’re sure to find something you’ll love.

The Origins of Portuguese Hip Hop

The origins of Portuguese hip hop music can be traced back to the late 1970s, when Afrika Bambaataa and the Soulsonic Force released their hit song “Planet Rock”. This song, which sample’s Kraftwerk’s “Trans-Europe Express”, caught the attention of many young people in Portugal, who began to experiment with making their own music.

In the early 1980s, a group called Os Rapsodas da Serra released the first Portuguese rap song, “Rap da Serra”. This song was followed by others such as “Rap do Porto” and “Rap de Lisboa”. These songs were mostly covers of popular American hip hop songs, but they quickly began to develop a unique Portuguese sound.

In the 1990s, a new generation of Portuguese hip hop artists emerged, including such groups as Da Weasel and Boss AC. These artists began to incorporate traditional Portuguese musical styles into their music, creating a new and distinctive sound. Today, Portuguese hip hop is widely popular in Portugal and has even begun to gain international attention.

The New Sound of Portuguese Hip Hop

In the last few years, Portuguese hip hop music has been gaining popularity both in Portugal and abroad. The new sound of the scene is a mix of traditional Portuguese music and contemporary hip hop, which has created a unique and fresh sound. Portuguese hip hop artists are becoming increasingly popular and are beginning to make a name for themselves on the international stage.


In recent years, trap music has taken the world by storm. This subgenre of hip hop originated in the United States in the early 1990s, but it has since spread to other countries, including Portugal. Portuguese trap music is characterized by its use of catchy melodies, complex rhyme schemes, and often dark and introspective lyrics. Although the genre is still in its infancy in Portugal, it has already begun to make a significant impact on the country’s music scene.

Portuguese trap music first gained popularity in the early 2010s, thanks in large part to the success of American trap artists like Lil Wayne and Gucci Mane. In 2013, Portuguese hip hop group Dealema released their debut album “O Futuro é Agora”, which is widely considered to be the first Portuguese trap album. Since then, a number of other Portuguese trap artists have emerged, including Malaboys, Plutonio, and RPGzee.

In recent years, Portuguese trap music has begun to garner mainstream attention both within Portugal and internationally. In 2019, for example, Plutonio’s song “Bala” was featured in an episode of Netflix’sSet It Off series. And earlier this year, Malaboys’ song “TrapPhone” was used in a commercial for Huawei smartphones.

As Portuguese trap music continues to gain popularity, it is likely that we will see more and more mainstream success stories like these in the years to come.


In recent years, Portuguese hip hop has been growing in popularity both inside and outside of Portugal. While the genre has been around for many years, it has only recently begun to gain mainstream attention.

Portuguese hip hop is often characterized by its focus on social and political issues, as well as its melodic and soulful sound. Many of Portugal’s most popular hip hop artists are from the country’s capital, Lisbon.

Some of the most popular Portuguese hip hop artists include:

-elson dia
– Capicua
– Da Weasel
– Miguel Ângelo


The new wave of Portuguese hip hop is coming out of the country’s capital, Lisbon. And it’s a sound that has been described as “grime.”

The city’s music scene has been growing in popularity in recent years, with a number of artists and collectives making a name for themselves both nationally and internationally. And the new sound of Portuguese hip hop is very much influenced by grime, a genre that originated in the UK.

So what exactly is grime? It’s a type of electronic dance music that is characterized by its heavy bass and often aggressive lyrics. It’s a sound that has been taken up by a number of artists from Lisbon’s music scene, including Nano Stern, Plutonio, and my go-to guy for all things Portuguese hip hop, DJ Marfox.

If you want to check out the new sound of Portuguese hip hop for yourself, I recommend starting with Marfox’s latest album, Quarentena. Quarentena is a reference to the coronavirus pandemic that has swept the globe over the past year. And it’s an apt title for an album that captures the feeling of anxiety and isolation that many of us have been feeling during this time.

But despite its dark subject matter, Quarentena is an incredibly catchy and infectious album. It’s an essential listen for any fan of grime or Portuguese hip hop.


In recent years, Portuguese hip hop has been breaking new ground and making a name for itself on the international music scene. From the atmospheric and introspective sounds of Lisbon-based rapper Curta Metragem to the hard-hitting flows of Porto-based crew Blaya & The Gang, there is a new generation of Portuguese hip hop artists who are pushing the boundaries of what the genre can be.

In this expanding landscape, R&B is one of the most exciting genres to emerge. With its smooth melodies, seductive beats and honest lyrics, R&B is the perfect soundtrack for a night out on the town or a intimate moment with that special someone. And while R&B has been traditionally associated with American and British artists, there is a growing number of Portuguese R&B artists who are putting their own spin on the genre and making it their own.

If you’re looking for something new to listen to, here are five Portuguese R&B artists who are worth checking out:

1. Curta Metragem
2. Da Weasel
3. Paulo Flor so far unknown
4. Quênia Ribeiro
5. Rita Morais

The Main Players in Portuguese Hip Hop

In the last few years, a new sound has been emerging from the Portuguese hip hop scene. A new generation of artists are mixing traditional Portuguese music with modern hip hop beats to create a unique sound that is gaining popularity both in Portugal and abroad. In this article, we will take a look at some of the main players in Portuguese hip hop.


Plutonio, real name Tiago Fernandes, is a rapper from Cabo Verde. He rose to prominence in the early 2010s with his socially conscious lyrics and Afrocentric beats. His music often addresses topics such as colonialism, racism, and poverty. Plutonio has released two albums, “Bless” and “20”, both of which have been well-received by critics. He is considered one of the leaders of the new wave of Portuguese hip hop.

Other notable Portuguese hip hop artists include Mundo Segundo & Os Valvulados, NGA, as well as newer artists such as Sara Tavares and Marlene.


Mariza is one of the most popular Portuguese singers of all time. She was born in Mozambique, but moved to Portugal when she was just a child. Her music is a unique mix of traditional Portuguese fado and modern popmusic. Her first album, Fado em Si Menor, was released in 2001 and won critical acclaim. She has since released several more albums and toured the world. Mariza is credited with popularizing fado music among a new generation of listeners.


Calema is a Portuguese hip hop duo composed of brothers Alexandre Fonseca and Pedro Fonseca. The group was formed in Lisbon in 2010, and they have released two studio albums to date, A Nossa Vez (2014) and Tudo OK (2017). Calema’s music is characterized by its catchy melodies and positive lyrics, which often focus on themes such as love, friendship, and social justice. The group has been praised for their ability to cross over between the Portuguese-speaking and English-speaking hip hop scenes, and they have collaborated with a number of prominent artists from both communities.

The Future of Portuguese Hip Hop

The future of Portuguese hip hop is looking very bright. With the recent explosion of the genre in the mainstream, there are more eyes on the scene than ever before. And with the rise of streaming services, it’s easier than ever for listeners to find new music from Portugal.

As the scene continues to grow, we can expect to see more artists breaking through to the mainstream. We can also expect to see more collaboration between Portuguese and international artists. This will only serve to increase the visibility of Portuguese hip hop on the global stage.

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