new music: brooklyn and brazilian artists team up for supergroup brookzill!’s debut ‘throwback to the future’ #soundcheck

October 13, 2016

With one foot planted firmly in Brazil, and the other in Brooklyn, BROOKZILL! is the latest from legendary producer and DJ Prince Paul and 3 Feet High and Rising cohort Don Newkirk. The intersection of cultures and sounds is cohesive and compelling from the first, with MCs like Ladybug Mecca (Digable Planets), Rodrigo Brandão (Gorila Urbano), and a guest spot from Del the Funky Homosapien. The appropriately named Throwback To The Future is the soundtrack to the kind of party where every song someone asks “oh shit, who’s this?”

Though BROOKZILL! didn’t invent the idea of marrying hip-hop and Afro-Brazilian music, on Throwback To The Future they’ve definitely perfected the sound. From “Macumba 3000” on, the bi-lingual twin vocals of Ladybug Mecca and Rodrigo Brandão play off eachother with a natural chemistry, nowhere better than on the chilled out “Mysterious.” The record boast an impressive list of Brazilian talent, beyond Brandão himself, Fafá de Belém, Elo da Corrente, Juçara Marçal, and Rodrigo Ogi elevate the music with their contributions. The record closes with the funky “Let’s Go (É Noiz)” where Ladybug Mecca delivers her tightest verse on the record, while Prince Paul and Don Newkirk draw out the parallels between Brazilian flute trills and subway cars. It’s a playful send-off for a bold album that lets its very existence be a statement. If only it came with a sample list.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor