Mano Gláucio

People - Cabo Frio


It was listening to rap music in a radio show that Gláucio de Oliveira Reis learned about the Hip hop world. In 1994, he made his first public performance, "mandando a rima" ("delivering the rhyme"), in a freestyle gathering of MCs in Cabo Frio. The outskirts of the city were the first to welcome his confronting style of rap and he became Mano Gláucio.

Rap battles are not the only steps in his journey. A resident of a neighborhood known for its high rates of violence, Jardim Caiçara, Mano Gláucio was a crack addict. "The drug consumed me. It was horrifying". During his struggles for crack, he was injured by bullet fragments in his right eye, receiving 28 stitches. "I had many relapses, tried to form a rap group and was called pedantic. But I really wanted to make music. One day I said: I will do it myself", he vents.

O terror que assola o gueto. Foto: Tasso Marcelo/Diadorim Ideias.

He wrote more than 120 lyrics, some of which denounce the "horrors of the ghetto". "The police steals from the addicts, beat the crack users and are protected by their institution. The alcoholic father beats his family members and goes unpunished. I give voice to people who suffer in the outskirts of the city", he says. His lyrics also talk about the urban issues of his community: the lack of sanitation, education and citizenship. "People get into rap without knowing its origins and sell Hip hop as the next fad. Rap is about protest, protest is the origin of rap in the United States", he says.  

The rapper released a demo with four songs in 2008, "Aterrorizando o Sistema". He has performed in São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, on the streets, in night clubs, and "bailes funk". "There are people who are familiar with my work who come see my shows. The ones who are not come to see what I'm about", he says. His next album, "Mixtape do Mano", is to be released by independent label Faixa de Gazah, a cultural collective created by friends.  

The studio is also the house of producer Clóvis Batebola in the neighborhood of Porto do Carro. The next step of the collective is to make the six meter-long cistern a studio for voice recording, to do justice to powerful voices such as Mano Gláucio's, who says: "To make noise is easy, hard is to make a difference". 

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