Shin Lee Lindstrom is happy in Brazil. Known in the world of pop and dirt as Murda Beatz, Anitta’s Canadian fiancé came with the singer to the country, where he fell in love with the food, the scenery of Rio de Janeiro, the atmosphere of the football stadiums, and the funk.
“It’s a beautiful country,” he says. “Seeing Christ the Redeemer was great. Food is great, especially if you can get a chef to cook local food. Rice and beans with meat, stroganoff, all very good.”
American Murda Beatz used to go to his handball matches and was at Allianz Parque, in São Paulo, to watch foot sports live. I watched the first football match in my life [do Palmeiras]and the atmosphere in a match like this is absolutely crazy, crazy energy.”
Despite maintaining a solo career as a producer, Murda is best known for the rhythms and melodies he creates for other singers’ songs – among them are some of the most listened to on the planet. This is the case of Travis Scott’s “Butterfly Effect” single, “Nice For What” and Drake’s sample hit Lauryn Hill that reached the top of the US chart, “Motorsport”, by Trap Trio Migos with Cardi B and Nicki Minaj, and “Motive Ariana Grande featuring Doja Cat.
Recently, his fiancée, Anitta, reunited with Quavo—of Migos—J Balvin and Pharrell on “No Más,” a mobile, sunny trap for summer packers in the Northern Hemisphere. “Farrell gave me the musical idea, with the flute,” he says. “It was a sample of something. I started with Quavo, but was working with J Balvin in L.A. He loved it and got in too. Then I added my daughter, Anitta.”
Despite the fact that he is known in Brazil as the boyfriend of one of the biggest pop stars in the country, Murda Beatz has a solid career in American hip-hop. Now 28, the producer worked with Chief Keef on the then-influential pit scene in Chicago about ten years ago, before meeting Migos and producing songs for one of the hottest bands in popularizing the trap over the past few years. Contract.
“I can come here and talk in a way that seems easy,” he says. “But you have to dedicate yourself and work harder than anyone else to make it work. In my day, everyone posted their beats online, but no one went to Chicago or Atlanta to meet people.”
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Murda Beatz says that he was a rock musician and that it was precisely at the beginning of the trap that he became interested in musical production. “When I heard Waka Fluca, Gucci Mane, Chief Kev, and those guys, I started wanting to make a snare. Before I played drums, rock, or synthesizer style [baterista do Blink 182] Travis Parker Rap Songs. But I was listening to the trap I wanted to grab my laptop and start producing.”
He even sees parallels between the beginnings of trap, before the subgenre became dominant in pop music, and Brazilian funk. “If I’m going to explain funk to someone who doesn’t know what it’s about, I think the best way to describe it is to compare it to a snare when it was underground in the US, about seven years ago. It’s literally Brazilian ghetto music. That there is a wonderful rhythm in everything.”
For Morda Bitez, who makes 500 to 800 beats a year, a minority of which reach the audience’s ears, experiments in Brazil are expanding his reach. He says he wants to compose music with rapper L7nnon, from Rio, as well as work with the São Paulo-based group Recayd Mob, and is preparing for other collaborations with Brazilian artists.
It’s an interest largely due to Anitta, who was introduced to his music on the “Fifa” game. “Then I met her last year in Miami. We exchanged phones, and kept talking. She sent me funny playlists, and that was the first time I heard them. Some of those songs I really liked, I texted the producers and everything. Anitta and I kept talking” .
For him, Americans see Anita as an artist on the rise. “She’s having a terrible year, she’s been a huge success, and she’s doing a lot of work. She’s the most hardworking person I know, I’ve been close to or have worked all these years in music. He inspires me and makes me want to work.”
The singer’s friend also says that in the United States, she is still not recognized in the rest of the world. “She’s very talented. I don’t think Americans know how important she is to the world. And whether I’m in Portugal or Brazil with her, and I see how people treat and look at her, I think the United States still doesn’t understand.” its strength and importance.
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