Tu ta maluco? Respeita o moço! Patente alta, da aula, bigode grosso!
This is the chorus from the latest funk track that is doing the rounds in Brazil right now. The track, performed by MC Marcelly, is called Bigode Grosso (Thick Moustache) and has been massively boosted by Neymar and other players incorporating it into recent goal celebrations.
Trying to translate Funk lyrics is not always easy, but I’m not going to let that stop me! The chorus translates to something like this:
Are you crazy? Respect the guy! He’s high rank, he’ll teach you a lesson, thick moustache!
Pretty weird right?
This sub-genre of Funk music is labelled Funk Ostentação (Ostentation Funk) and in visual style and attitude it borrows heavily from the side of Hip Hop that used to see rappers boasting about how much Cristal and Courvoisier they’d be drinking (or pouring on the floor) at their parties.
But this being Rio, the reference points and associations are a little different! Marcelly boasts that there won’t be any beer at her party, but a lot of whisky and “10 fridges of Red Bull”. There will also be 300kg of picanha and twice that of linguiça!
The MC goes on to explain that this pool party will last 2 days and everything will be free. However, not everyone is welcome – people not permitted at the party include children, ugly women and guys with big bellies (with the exception of the DJ and the birthday boy!).
It’s actually a pretty hilarious tune and (guilty admission time) I find it quite catchy. Predictably, YouTube commenters take a dim view, lamenting the state of modern music or simply describing it as lixo (trash). I’ll leave you to decide where you stand – if nothing else, at least now you know what Neymar was doing during his goal celebration!
As far as I can work out, the ‘thick moustache’ thing is related to the stereotype of a high ranking army officer with a thick moustache. It doesn’t really seem to fit with the rest of the song, but it does allow for some funny dance gesticulations!