"Swag" is a thing we lack words to define, but it's definitely something the artists & songs featured here have in common - after all, we wouldn't mention the guy who invented swag in the name of the playlist for no reason, right?
There's not even a proper translation for "swag" in Portuguese, but that doesn't mean Brazilians have no swag - because oh, when we do, we REALLY do.
I guess the closest expression we have for "swag" in Portuguese is, actually, verbal: "tirar onda". When one does something with supreme excellence and a lot of style, when they make it look easy, when they absolutely nail something but remains cool, calm and collected, we say this person "tirou onda".
Well, Brazilian rapper Rincon Sapiência is someone who does it all the time.
This young gentleman from São Paulo is as classy as he is witty.
Rincon wastes no time and no line, he's always making the most of every second of every song.
"A noite é nossa" ("The night is ours") appears in his debut album, "Galanga livre", in which he tells the story of a black slave who runs after killing a lord. The album is superb, Rincon's flow is pure swag and the guy is a lyrical genius too.
And as much as the powerful tracks are worth the spotlight, there are softer moments in which Rincon shines too. "A noite é nossa" is one of those moments: a cool track about romance, with a lot of jazzy and funky elements.
You'll feel the soul and the swag even if you don't understand the lyrics in Portuguese.
Swag has no language - or maybe it IS a language on its own, and Rincon Sapiência is damn fluent in it.
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About the curator: Ana Clara Ribeiro
Music, art and entertainment have always played a big role in the life of Ana Clara Ribeiro. She grew up in Gurupi (an inland city in Tocantins, the youngest State of Brazil), listening to all kinds of music, reading, writing, watching stuff and connecting them to her personal beliefs and other ideas she read about.
As she became a lawyer and a writer, all the topics to which she is constantly exposed continued to give her insights about life, people and the universe, through the lenses of art.
Nowadays, when she isn’t analyzing lawsuits or producing content about Law, Marketing, Business or Music, she is certainly doing something related to her various personal and professional projects, always to the sound of a playlist as eclectic as her life.