There is no denying that Hip-hop has has is having a huge impact on global culture. Netflix knows this and their new hip-hop eight episode documentary series “Rapture” debuts on March 30th. One of the episodes features Rapper G-Eazy, who just sold out his last 3 shows at the Shrine in LA. São Paulo, Brazil is the where the rapper is featured at the recent Lollapalooza there. Filming in Brazil is quickly becoming a go to destination for Hollywood.
Leading the charge on that is Brazil Production Services, founded by producer Thiago Da Costa. BPS recently shot the Brazilian part of Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” the Latin American docuseries “72 Most Dangerous Animals,” the recently wrapped Netflix’s “Fight World,” hosted by Frank Grillo, and the US film units of two Brazilian studio films, “Lucicireide” and “Instructions Not Included.”
With “Rapture,” why in São Paulo? Da Costa explains, “Hip hop is huge in São Paulo. The city is a huge urban center with many underprivileged neighborhoods where hip-hop and some of its local derivatives like funk are the soundtrack of choice. To many of the city’s residents, hip-hop’s hard driving nature and themes resonate very deeply. There’s already a rich tradition of local rappers in São Paulo that already span something like 2 or 3 generations. It was only natural that G-Eazy play a show there.”
“Rapture” also features Nas & Dave East, Just Blaze, Rapsody, Logic, T.I, 2 Chainz, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. “Raptures credo is, “Hip Hop is about being truthful. The definition of power is freedom. If you have power, you’re free.”