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First appearing in 1993 in Rio de Janeiro, with politically charged lyrics about marijuana legalization, they started playing concerts in Rio de Janeiro and other capitals, such as Belo Horizonte, São Paulo and Curitiba.
Planet Hemp began attracting mainstream attention due to the violent outbreaks which were common during their concerts. In 1994 Skunk, one of the original band members passed away, interrupting Planet Hemp's career for some time, but after B Negão joined the group they signed a contract with Sony Music, releasing "Usuário" in 1995.
The album turned the band into an icon of the 90s Brazilian rock, with successful hits such as "Mantenha o Respeito", "Legalize Já", "Fazendo a Cabeça" and the controversial "Porcos Fardados" (Pigs in Uniform), a critique of the police brutality.
Because of their commitment and lyrics towards the legalization of marijuana, Planet Hemp has had issues with the Brazilian authorities. This tension has lead to apprehended records, cancelled concerts and prison warrants (in Brazil it is illegal to promote/defend the use of prohibited substances, including but not limited to weed).
The band ended in 2001, due to internal conflicts regarding Marcelo D2 solo career.
Marcelo D2 (vocals)
Skunk (vocals, 1993-94)
B Negão (vocals)
Zé Gonzales (programming)
Apollo 9 (keyboards)
Top SongsTotal plays on Last.fm over the last 6 months
- LyricsD dois e preste ateno
Portas se abrem e aumenta o poder da viso
Isso o meu compromisso
E se eu fumo ningum tem nada com isso,
No preciso da sua postura
- LyricsEu canto assim porque eu fumo maconha
Adivinha quem t de volta explorando a sua vergonha
Eu sou melhor do microfone, no dou mole pra ningum
Porque o Planet Hemp ainda gosta da MaryJane
Ento por favor, no me trate como um marginal
- Legalize Já - 148,397 plays
- LyricsAcenda um e oua o que eu tenho a lhe dizer
Esse o planet hemp e no tenho o que esconder
Fumo maconha sim mas calma meu camarada
Eles um dia vo ver que a lei estava errada
Dig dig dig dig planet hempa
- Fazendo A Cabeça - 118,179 plays
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- Contexto - 135,149 plays
- Não compre, plante! - 92,361 plays
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