Brazilian rap is more alive than ever! And there are plenty of issues to take on: the political climate is red-hot, chaos and crime are ruling in the suburbs, and gender issues have never been more relevant than now to address.
In comes Tássia Reis.
Her rhymes have made themselves heard on the Brazilian scene. She brings messages of feminism, anti-racism as well as social factors that become emotional and psychological oppressors.
In 2013, she released the single “Meu RapJazz”. Initially, the song was included on a mixtape alongside other female artists. The track quickly caught the attention of music fans, and Tássia Reis became a name on everybody’s lips.
Reis not only went beyond the typical hip-hop productions, she carved out a niche for herself with her sound. Her compositions feature jazzy piano arrangements and even transverse flute. And she both sings and raps. The artist lists Etta James, Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone as major influences – besides seminal rap names in the Brazilian scene like Sabotage and Racionais MC’s.
Two albums followed – Tássia Reis (2014) and Outra Esfera (2016). On the latter, Reis started tackling machismo and racism structural oppressors in society. Outra Esfera ended up as album of the year according to Rolling Stone Brazil, Billboard Brazil, UOL and Red Bull Music Academy.
In addition to her solo career, Tássia Reis is a member of the female hip-hop collective Rimas & Melodias who released an album in 2017.
Tássia Reis is a powerful performer, and she has a coolness that easily matches urban artists currently dominating the charts. When she plays live, her band includes a DJ, a drummer, a bassist and a musician on sax and flute. Everybody says it’s the best Brazilian live band at the moment.