The album ‘A vida continua …’, to be released on Friday, marks the return of Boss AC to the albums, in a more ‘solitary’ work to remember the past, with the feet in the present and with eyes on the future.
Generally nicknamed a rapper, Boss AC likes to think of himself as “more like that,” as he explained: “I’ve said this for some time and sometimes it can be misinterpreted: put the stamp on me of ‘rapper’ makes the thing more reductive, above all I am a musician, I like music “.
Eclecticism, “which has been around since its beginnings”, is back in “Life goes on …”, where rap joins soul, funaná or trap.
The guests – Matay, Supa Squad, Ella Nor, Black Company, DJ Ride and Iron Gaita – are proof of this, but also of the “time, yesterday, today and tomorrow” factor that served as a concept for the album.
“Yesterday for everything I’ve ever done, a compliment to my origins, the way I fell in love with rap, hip hop in a general way. Today, because what really matters is today and tomorrow because I’m watching put in the future and what will happen, and the title is based on a glove, “he said.
“Yesterday” is in “The True One”, a theme that counts with the participation of the Black Company and DJ Ride, and in which Boss AC also “tribute, albeit subtly, to people, producers, rappers, “that influenced him.
In the song, Boss AC speaks of “a love for a lifetime”, which began in 1986. At one point, without internet access, where “everything I could manage to hear was like mass.”
In the theme, is also recorded the moment that marks the beginning of the career of Boss AC, the recording of “The Truth” for the collection “Rapública” in 1993, which also featured the Black Company, and from which begins the tell the story of rap in Portugal.
“‘In 93 at the time of summer, right?’ / Hernâni invited 7 groups to the recording / Rapública became the first compilation / What seemed like a joke then became a mission,” heard in “The True One”.
On the album, Boss AC also pays tribute to DJ Bernas, who died late last year, a friend and former roadmate.
The unexpected event (Bernardo Freitas Pinto died in a car accident) ended up delaying the album, in which Bernas also participated.
“I had plans to release the album earlier this year in January, and after that, I spent a time when I did not want to listen to music, I did not want to do anything, and I had to pause to recover and realize what I wanted to do “he shared.
In “Bernas”, the penultimate of the 12 tracks that make up the album, Boss AC remembers the “brother for all eternity” and the moment he received the news.
To conclude, he chose “Life goes on”, a theme that – “irony” – was written with Bernas and “was already one of the ideas of names for the album”.
“I went through other ideas, I went around, and I chose the name that had been the first one and it makes perfect sense. From the beginning, I had thought of this concept of time and I had thought of an album that was also a tribute,” he said.
Other of the concepts for the disc, which was to be called “Less is more”, is “minimalism”. “This is reflected in the production of the album, more minimalist, an album that is much more focused on my ideas and me alone in the studio most of the time.”
The sixth album of originals, more ‘solitary’ in terms of production, comes six years after the last work, but that does not mean that the musician has been stopped.
In this space of time, “a lot happened”. After the tour of “AC for friends” (2012), which “still lasted about two / three years,” the musician decided to take a “technical break” to dedicate himself to other things, “especially to the family.”
“I also needed to do an introspection, a reflection of the moment I was in, what I wanted to do. I think it turns out to be a side effect of already having a couple of roads. Sometimes a stop, an evaluation, and in a way, to perceive which way I want to go, and here is the way I wanted to go, “he said, showing the new CD.
After more than 20 years of his career, Boss AC sometimes thinks of how he got here.
“Yesterday I was thinking about it,” he shared. “People know me, they cherish my work, they ask for autographs, why? They have to ask for still being able to be here at the end of these years, because of living in Portugal, especially in a style that was only marginally marginalized a few years ago. was taken seriously, “he said.
More than the song she did, “being able to live on it” is “the real great achievement” of Boss AC.
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