With the stampede of punks in the 90’s, São Bento station in the São Paulo subway also became known as the First Station of Hip Hop Paulista. From then on, several groups came together to make a more organized movement for the Hip Hop of the city of São Paulo.

Despite this, the origin of the Hip Hop from São Paulo is not in the São Bento station, inaugurated in 1975. The Hip Hop of São Paulo originated in the street May 24, a street that is next to the Municipal Theater.


Hip Hop Paulista: from May 24 to São Bento

May 24th was a well-known spot for Hip Hop fans in the 1980s, especially between 1983 and 1984. However, after that time, policing was strengthened in the region and the dance moves were reprimanded .

The groups of Hip Hop that then frequented the 24 of May happened to present themselves in the Station Bom Retiro, specifically in the subway Tiradentes. These groups met on the Tiradentes subway every weekend, in a space near the public telephone booths.

However, years later, the municipal guard also asked that the groups stop attending the subway to listen and dance to Hip Hop. And the Tiradentes subway was another place from which they had to withdraw.

It was then that these groups of Hip Hop discovered the Station Saint Benedict as a busy place, but where they could dance. The space at São Bento Station was huge and had the right floor for Hip Hop dance as it was clean and incredibly smooth.

The smooth floor was, in fact, much desired by Hip Hop dancers. And especially for that, the São Bento Station proved to be the perfect place for them to attend, after being expelled in the Tiradentes subway.

It was not long before the Hip Hop dance competitions, the famous streaks, started to happen at São Bento Station, just as it had in previous places.

At São Bento Station, there was even a stage set up and available for these cracks to happen. When many groups came together, the spells began to happen naturally.


A place for various cultures and various tribes

The Hip Hop movement that consolidated in São Bento Station was a movement dedicated exclusively to dance. However, over time, the place became known for receiving other dance groups, and other tribes also began to attend the same space.

Thus, other artists, such as MC’s and graffiti artists, also joined Hip Hop groups and made São Bento Station a place with easy access to the culture of the streets of São Paulo.

Many famous artists in Brazil today, began their art at São Bento Station. Such as Thaíde, Os Racionais MC’s and Mano Brown.

São Bento Station, then, became the refuge of many artists who were still beginning their careers and looked for some visibility, although the possibilities of visibility were restricted to the streets of São Paulo.

The Hip Hop movements at São Bento Station only took on a larger proportion and allowed greater visibility to the artists of the region when the LP “Cultura de Rua” was recorded. This happened in the year 1988.

Brazilian Hip Hop and American Hip Hop: Are There Differences?

As far as rhythm and its beats are concerned, Brazilian Hip Hop has a lot to do with Hip Hop that is danced in New York and other major urban centers in the United States.

However, the Brazilian Hip Hop audience recognizes a slight difference between the Hip Hop that is danced here in the country and the New York Hip Hop. And that difference is basically in the letters.

Due to the great social inequality that has been seen in Brazil since the time of the emergence of the national Hip Hop, the lyrics tended to serve as a social denunciation of the reality of many artists of the region.

In many cases, the lyrics of Brazilian Hip Hop overlap with the beats, because they present a strong content that may sound aggressive for those who do not live the reality of the streets of São Paulo.

American Hip Hop finds space to hold some luxury and talk about money and ambition, while Brazilian Hip Hop has been, throughout its history, aligned with the unjust reality of those who are poor in a capital as rich as São Paulo.