Baile Funk This
By Andrew Belonsky
Brazilian DJ Rodrigo Gorky never imagined he�d be the beat boy for a baile funk trio, Bonde Do Role. Then again, such a trio could never have been imagined. Growing up in Curitiba, Brazil, �I wanted to be the guy who sits in an office all day long and listens to demos and says, �Oh, this is good, this is bad,�� he says. To satisfy his sonic sweet tooth, Gorky (in photo, left), who is gay, began dabbling in turntables. Those turntables turned his life around when he was introduced to a fellow DJ, Pedro D�Eyrot (now a band MC), and MC-vocalist Marina Vello.
The trio started out on an electronic album, but according to Gorky, things didn�t go as planned: �It didn�t work out. One day, when we were rehearsing, we came up with a baile funk track and Marina loved it, and we recorded another, and that�s how we went.�
Translated literally, baile funk becomes �dance hall funk.� Exuberant, at times aggressive, and most of all, infectious, baile funk�s been around for decades, but the members of Bonde Do Role keep it fresh�and naughty�by lacing their lyrics with pajub�. Birthed by Brazilian drag queens, the gay street slang is rife with sexual innuendo, overtures, and straight-up jabs�for example, �I was at a party / And I saw a whore / I put my tongue into her asshole / And my tongue came out all dirty.�
Once an underground dialect, pajub�s seeping into the mainstream, which means Gorky�s parents hear him loud and clear. �My dad once called me and said, �Why don�t you guys do more uplifting lyrics, because everything you say might come back to you.� I was like, �We talk about sex, so that means I�m going to get sex back!�� A fitting reward for a man whose beats get the blood boiling.