Samba and hip hop are an awesome combination and Marcelo D2 always knew it. But in "Ela disse", this fabulous Brazilian rapper made it even better by adding a few jazzy horns and a brief but oh so sweet collaboration with actress & singer Thalma de Freitas.
"Ela disse" is authentic "carioca" swag: the easygoing vibe, the echoes of "chorinho", D2's samba-influenced flow... Well, I'm not really a fan of stereotypes, but in this case, it does apply. You can totally picture yourself in Rio de Janeiro when you listen to this track.
It's worth mentioning, though, that at least one stereotype is not present here (thankfully): this is definitely not an objectifying, slut-shaming song, like so many international representations of Brazilian culture that unfortunately portray women as sexually available 24/7, and/or as "non wife material" for being sexually liberated.
I'm not saying sexism and misogyny do not happen in Brazil (unfortunately they still do); but, since I'm presenting the track to foreign audiences, I worry more about how we're perceived outside than inside. I feel like it's my responsibility to make sure people won't stick to how Brazilian culture is broadcasted when they get to know that this is a song about casual sex .Because, actually, "Ela disse" addresses man-woman interaction in a positive light. Natural, non judgemental, exactly like it should always be.
The lyrics of "Ela disse" are pretty much the story of a man and a woman who are getting to know each other and end up going upstairs to, hmmmm, getting even more intimate. D2 tells it all very naturally and Thalma de Freitas comes in the chorus with her sultry voice, giving life to the dialogue.
Although it could be just another song about a one night stand, I kinda like how, in the end, D2 suggests that what happened in that night led to a serious relationship. Maybe it's because, like I said, I was happy to see that the guy of the song didn't bash the girl for having no-strings-attached sex with him (I'm unfamiliar with previous D2's songs about sex/love, so I didn't know what to expect)... or maybe because I just like love stories.
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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.