Stop Appropriating Brazilian Culture Diplo! (NSFW)

Although I do like your music, Diplo, I gotta say, you seriously have a Brazilian fetish that has gone way past any level of decency. It was great when you started incorporating Baile Funk into your Miami drum/bass/electronic beats. But now you’ve gone one step further and created a persona, Major Laser, which has not just appropriated the beats of the favelas, but the violence and sexualization that is part of genre. Baile Funk, which has some pretty nasty beats with lyrics about sex and violence to match, is a tricky thing to produce, especially for a White DJ like yourself, Diplo. And I’ve been able to accept your MIA beats cause its was candy coated. But when you start producing music videos like this (NOT SAFE FOR WORK):

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I think you’ve gone too far in appropriating Baile Funk. Why? Cause you are a White American from Florida, and not an impoverished Brazilian living in the City of God. When will it be ok for you to produce and market this music as your own and not have it be a stain on your conscience? Maybe start off by reading Mike Davis’ Planet of Slums to get educated on the future impacts of informal housing and the rapid population rate of impoverished third world countries and then donate part of the proceeds from your albums to local music producers in Rio that you’re stealing from. Or travel back in time and have your mom and pops air drop you into the hills of Rio. Then we’ll talk. Regardless, I’m saving you from getting your ass beat down like this Brazilian reporter who was tortured and murdered in 2002 while doing an expose on Baile Funk…

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5 thoughts on “Stop Appropriating Brazilian Culture Diplo! (NSFW)

  1. Get your exploited cultures right!

    Diplo & Switch current project Major Lazer reappropriates West Indian Dance hall culture.

    Google “Daggering”

    Diplo has consistently reinterpteted different sounds into his projects form bmore to baile to dance hall. The underlying theme seems to be music that send dancefloors into a craze.

    I think it’s legit. Doesnt come off as he’s trying to push the music as his own style. Just a dude that loves music and really gets into regional scenes.

    I’ve yet to hear a Diplo set or mixtape I didn’t like and love the juxtapose of styles and sounds he puts together.

    Guns dont kill people, Haters Do!

    PROPS!

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  2. I know, JP had the same comment that he’s using West Indies/Jamaican beats now. But my problem is the video and the live show which has people pretending to fuck. Which seems like a interpretive dance of the lyrics of Baile Funk. So either he’s mixing up cultural musical metaphors or he just likes people of color f’n! either way, its creepy if you juxtapose two white DJs surrounded by brown people pretending to F.

    In any case, I still love the music and will still support the music. Although I don’t feel 100% comfortable doing it…

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  3. That makes sense…

    Seems like it’s a little bit of both.


    ridiculous – yes
    exploitive – probably
    entertaining – absolutely.

    Bottom line keep your daughters out the club

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