Generally acknowledged as the most important DJ and Godfather of Baile Funk and Funk Carioca in Brasil, DJ Marlboro is an originator, award Winner and tireless promoter of the Brazilian Funk scene. He has been DJ-ing for 23 years, produces and hosts the most listened radio show in Rio Big Mix.
After a trip to Florida in 1988/1999 he brought home several records by acts Like 2 Live Crew and DJ Magic Mike and in that way first introduced the “Miami Bass” style to his countrymen. In the following the Miami Bass beat combined with rapping in Portuguese and the melodies from Pagode (a strain of samba) and Forró became something characteristically Brazilian. This new sound is a rebel form, based on the same hardcore principles evident in ragga, jungle and grime: brazen sample robbery and rhythmic stridency.
It was for the first time published by DJ Marlboro on his Funk Brazil album in 1999, and from thereon, tracks sung in Portuguese were increasingly introduced into the ailes with the result that from the mid-nineties, a Funk DJ's set would consist entirely of material produced in Brazil. This new mixture of Brazilian Funk is more than just commercial music sell, by using traditional material it also reflects the culture of the segregated favelas. Produced in the hills of Rio, the favelas of Sao Paolo, and the streets of Salvador it is called Funky Do Morro “ the Funk of the hills. Former this Music didn’t have much international distribution, but within years, a solid and unique indigenous community of music makers has encircled DJ Marlboro, by which most of whom are earning their first taste of international acclaim.
In a famous quote, US-Hip Hop artist Chuck D refers to rap as the black CNN. In many respects Rio or baile funk could be referred to as favela CNN. That is, it's used as a medium to convey how the people who live in the Brazilian favelas really feel sing their own language, idioms and slang. The Baile Funk scene is scorned upon by the Brazilian electronica scene-makers as well as the middle-class media. It's prolelike unpretentiousness and complete lack of "cool" makes it a scene apart from the rave and club scene dominated by Sao Paulo and the fashion conscious Paulistas. But ironically, Baile Funk is the original Brazilian electronic dance music stemming from the incredibly popular Rio sound-systems of the 70's.
"Baile Funk is a way of expression that was born from the common people, it's a working class expression, nothing reflects as much as what the people are thinking as the funk movement." (DJ Marlboro)