Various Artists Brazilian Beats 5
- Words: Ryan Romana
- Label: Mr. Bongo
If only I could speak Portuguese, then I'd take off to Brazil. I could chill out like Pharrell and Snoop in the "Beautiful" video, absorb indigenous sites and get down to the kind of sounds showcased on Mr. Bongo's Brazilian Beats 5. Hip-hop is strongly represented on this compilation, but one gets the feeling the artists have just finished watching Wild Style; tracks like Marcelo D2's "Pilotando O Bonde Da Excursao" reek of classic Sugar Hill Gang. Not surprisingly, the oldies but goodies win out over the new material-the big highlights are Jorge Ben's "Take it Easy Me Brother Charles" and Bossa Tres' rare "Imprevisto."
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