Comedinha - O Terror Do Sistema (The Terror System)

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O Terror do Sistema
Comedinha

English Lyrics:

Brazilian rap
Brazilian rap, the system's worst nightmare

Brazilian rap is here to stay,
It's revolutionary,
Alerting a new generation,
Providing crucial information
For all those who have grown to accept our social situation.
Because ignorant people are stuck with the idea
That rap promotes crime and violence,
But that's not true. Our poetry comes from the ghettos,
And condemns the selfishness and uselessness of the upper crust.
Unfortunately there are people who still believe that rap is the music of criminals

(Refrain)

But I thank God, because today rappers from all over the country
Are making their statement.
Though the upper class treats us rappers with contempt, Brazilian rap's banner is still flying,
Spreading its message of protest against injustice.
I'm tired of this situation.
I turn on the TV, and all I see is sensuality and material ostentation.
Will anyone ever broadcast the truth?
Those who dared open their mouths ended up in jail or the grave -
Such as Planet Hemp and Facção Central1

Refrain

They-the politicians and authorities--treat our people as if we were unthinking, unreasoning animals.
Censorship has been allowed to thrive in our culture.
But we defeated the military dictatorship in this country,
We have won the right to express ourselves.
Therefore, no one will stop the Brazilian rap movement,
Which has emerged as a light at the end of the tunnel
of all ghetto dwellers in Brazil.
Its effects are as powerful and wide-ranging as a radioactive bomb.
Brazilian rap is the system's worst nightmare!
It always proves the statistics wrong.
People keep repeating that rap is but an ode to crime,
But that's a lie.
The upper crust makes up those lies
Because we're the voice of the ghettos.

(Refrain)

We're striving to prove them wrong and show the world
That talent and values can be found in the ghetto.
Rap gives me the power to express myself.
I was born and raised in the slum - it is my home.
That's why I send you my verses. It is through rap that I express myself.
Rapping is my destiny.
God is with me, guiding me and helping me
To spread the truth, be an M.C. and go to school, so I can win this battle.
Don't fool yourself. Brazilian rap is revolutionizing the nation!

(Refrain)

Portuguese Lyrics:

Refrão:

Rap nacional
Rap nacional, o terror do sistema

O rap nacional está chegando, revolucionando, conscientizando,
Uma nova geração carente
Informação pra mente
Chegou o seu problema, aí é o sistema na mente da gente
Está trazendo o rap nacional
Para todos conformados com nossa a situação social
Porque a falta de instrução no jornal fala do crime, o rap faz apologia
Porque a nossa poesia vem da periferia denuncia a covardia podre da burguesia
Infelizmente ainda existe gente que acredita que isso me irrita

(Refrão)

Mas agradeço a Deus porque meu povo hoje grita
Através do rap nacional que é discriminado, marginalizado
O seu anúncio é protestante está sendo exercitado neste exato instante de divulgação
Já tô cansado e vivo repetindo
E eis a prostituição com ostentação
É só o que eu vejo na televisão. Nossa liberdade nos esconde a verdade
De dia fala vai pra vala ou
Ou fica entre as grades
Como Planeta Hemp ou
Facção Central

(Refrão)

Para eles nosso povo tem que ser tratado como um animal irracional
Censura já faz parte da minha cultura
E acabamos com a ditadura militar
Nós conquistamos o direito de nos expressar
Mas como a luz no fim do túnel
Pra toda perifieria do Brasil
O rap nacional surgiu e explodiu como uma bomba radioativa
É o terror do sistema
Rap nacional sempre contrariando a estatística
Dizem que o rap faz apologia ao crime. Isso é mentira, é invenção da burguesia porque nós somos
A voz da perifieria

(Refrão)

Mas ainda estamos na correria
Mostrando que também há coisas boas na periferia
O rap me dá poder de me expressar
Na favela eu cresci, nasci por lá – é minha terra
Por isso eu mando meu verso, eu peço pra você ver o que que o rap nacional eu me expresso
Cantar o rap é meu destino
Deus está comigo me ajudando e me guiando o preço, a verdade
das ruas, ser um M.C., estudar, pra ganhar a luta
Não se iluda, rap nacional abalando as estruturas

(Refrão)

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from PeaceTones® Brazil, released October 22, 2010

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