Brazilian rapper Marcelo D2 has released a new album accompanied by a short film. Amar é para os Fortes (Love is for the Strong Ones) premiered today (Aug. 31) exclusively on Apple Music.
The album was produced by Mario Caldaro Jr. Beastie Boys fame, while the film was produced, written and directed by Marcelo D2. The project is described as "a musical chronicle Rio de Janeiro’s reality: violence, drugs, friends and enemies, family, art, hope, love.”
The nearly-wordless half-hour movie features eight the record’s ten tracks. Stephan Peixoto, D2’s son, plays Sinistro, who discovers a world away from the gangs and guns in the favela when he finds work in an art gallery and is embraced by artists and musicians.
Described by the artist as “an album to watch,” the story, based on his own, is a stylish street opera that illustrates arts role in social change. The film includes the information that there were 300,000 violent deaths in Brazil in the last ten years, and 71 percent the victims were young and black.
Gilberto Gil and Seu Jorge are among the real-life Brazilian artists who make cameos in the film, which counted on Nike, Pernod Ricard and Casio as sponsors.
Check out the trailer for the short film below.