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Jup do Bairro and “Corpo Sem Juízo”

Jup do Bairro (Photo: Jup do Bairro, Felipa Damasco and Cai Ramalho)

Jup do Bairro released “Corpo Sem Juízo,” her first career EP, in the first half of 2020. By far one of the most anticipated records on the Brazilian scene, the project is the result of thirteen years of experiences and discoveries lived by the singer, who since 2015 has built a loyal community of fans together with the artist Linn da Quebrada. They have shared tour stages and TV screens.

With five unreleased tracks and production by Badsista, the material is a showcase of Jup’s genius as a performer and songwriter. Not only is it brilliant, but there are also special guest appearances: featuring Deize Tigrona, Linn da Quebrada, Rico Dalasam, and Mulambo, a rapper from São Paulo. It’s a promising addition to the Brazilian Rap scene.

“The album is like a great journey. It’s like you’re in a videogame and each track is a different screen” says Jup for Papel Pop interview

Jup do Bairro, Rico Dalasam & Linn da Quebrada – ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE. Videoclip

I had the pleasure of meeting Jup do Bairro personally and seeing her a few times. One of the most special moments was the “Baile da Princess,” with two editions, one in 2017 and another in 2018. Jup organized her birthday party in São Paulo with free admission, where several underground and up-and-coming artists from the scene gathered to perform and celebrate her birthday. This event was organized by the black, trans, and peripheral community.

Of the songs on the album, the one that moves me the most is “Luta por mim” (Fight for Me), featuring Mulambo. The 6:12-minute track goes against the conventions of commercial music. With powerful lyrics about the experience of being black in Brazil, it is without a doubt a historical song.

Mulambo sings:

“You lamented and wrote about police repression

Your hashtag was the end point!

It said Black Lives Matter, for you it was differential

It’s just that it’s all the same shit over and over again

You kill me for meat to make me for stone

Moved by the lust for tragedy

Now dead I’ve got more voice than alive, sounds like a comedy! …”

Jup do Bairro feat. Mulambo – LUTA POR MIM. Videoclip

In addition to the song being very well produced, beautiful, and featuring strong lyrics, Jup and Mulambo expose the white hypocrisy of Brazil and how racism operates. At the end, they deliver the message: “I am not going to die!”

It’s a war cry for all dissident bodies, for marginalized Brazilian people: LGBTQIA+, Black, and Indigenous.

Jup do Bairro (Photo: Jup do Bairro, Felipa Damasco and Cai Ramalho)

This EP is essential and marks a historical moment with its release in the midst of the pandemic while Brazil was facing a fascist government. Fortunately, in October 2022, we defeated this former president during the elections. Now, I am eagerly anticipating her new work. Can’t wait for it!

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  1. I had never heard of her before reading your article, she is great! Thank you for the tip!

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