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Gabriel O Pensador

Gabriel Contino (born March 4, 1974), better known as Gabriel o Pensador, is a Brazilian rapper, writer, and composer known for his intellectual lyrics which talk of activism, and issues of race, politics, social problems, and the Catholic church. Gabriel began his music career when he launched a demo tape containing the song "Tô Feliz (Matei o Presidente)", landing him a contract with Sony Music. Since then he has released eight albums: Ainda É Só o Começo, Quebra-Cabeça, Nádegas a Declarar, Gabriel o Pensador, Seja Você Mesmo (mas não Seja sempre o Mesmo), MTV ao Vivo, Cavaleiro Anda ...read more

Gabriel Contino (born March 4, 1974), better known as Gabriel o Pensador, is a Brazilian rapper, writer, and composer known for his intellectual lyrics which talk of activism, and issues of race, politics, social problems, and the Catholic church. Gabriel began his music career when he launched a demo tape containing the song "Tô Feliz (Matei o Presidente)", landing him a contract with Sony Music. Since then he has released eight albums: Ainda É Só o Começo, Quebra-Cabeça, Nádegas a Declarar, Gabriel o Pensador, Seja Você Mesmo (mas não Seja sempre o Mesmo), MTV ao Vivo, Cavaleiro Andante and Sem Crise Gabriel has also written three books: "Diário Noturno", "Um Garoto Chamado Rorbeto" and "Meu Pequeno Rubro-Negro".

Coming from a middle-class family, a unique background among Brazilian rappers, Gabriel, the son of a well known journalist in Brazil, hit fame in 1992 with the song "Tô Feliz (Matei o Presidente)", the debut single from his first and eponymous album. This song was written in protest of President Fernando Collor de Mello and his corrupt administration. Interestingly, Gabriel's mother was Collor's press secretary. The same album also yielded other hits, including "Lôrabúrra" and "Retrato de um Playboy", bringing hip hop mainstream attention in Brazil by catering to the middle class. Although rapping about everyday life, Gabriel also found time to talk about social injustices with his fourth single, "O Resto do Mundo", a more downbeat track about homeless life, with a purposefully depressive melody and flow. Gabriel was notorious for his biting attacks on some of the major ills of Brazilian society: poverty, racism, violence. His following albums were also commercially successful, with a careful blend of socially relevant tracks mixed with airwave-minded pop anthems. His third album, Quebra-Cabeça, was released in 1997 and sold over one million copies. History-minded, Gabriel was highly influenced by other Brazilian music, including bossa nova, samba and MPB, as well as using hip hop's traditional methods of sampling jazz, funk and disco. « hide


LPs
Sem Crise
01/01/2012

Seja Você Mesmo (Mas Não Seja Sempre O Mesmo)
2001

Nádegas A Declarar
1999

Quebra-Cabeça
1997

3.3
3 Votes
Ainda É Só O Começo
1995

4
1 Votes
Gabriel O Pensador
1993

4
1 Votes
Cavaleiro Andante


Live Albums
MTV Ao Vivo
2003

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