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End of emergency aid will worsen poverty. ‘Sad scenario in 2021’

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Unemployment has broken records and has reached more than 14 million Brazilians. According to IBGE data, from May to November there was an increase in the number of unemployed in the order of 4 million. And the legacy of 2020 will be very negative, pointing to a sad scenario in the conditions of the labor market, particularly in unemployment. “People looking at the IBGE data note that as of September, the unemployment rate worsens and, therefore, unemployment increases. And that should remain in 2021 ”, warns Dieese deputy director José Silvestre. According to him, two fundamental aspects should influence this issue. One, the prospect of ending emergency aid; and another, the loosening of social isolation, which makes people look for jobs again.

The unemployment rate remained stable until around August, September also because of this: people had no perspective, and faced restrictions on leaving and looking for a job. “As there is a loosening of social isolation, people are looking again, and evidently with many difficulties to find”, says Silvestre, in an interview with Current Brazil Radio. “So, these two aspects – end of aid and increased demand – contribute a lot to the increase in unemployment. And the economic growth indicators and projections for 2021 point to an insufficiency in the country’s capacity to create jobs of the magnitude necessary to alleviate the situation, especially for people who are in the informal market. ”

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End of emergency aid and indebtedness

The situation of informality is structural in the Brazilian labor market, it worsened after the 2017 labor reform and, as shown by IBGE data, it was wide open with the greater growth of unemployment among informal workers. “When it (labor reform) goes into effect in November 2017, we see a worsening of working conditions and a precarious job market, which is deepening with the pandemic crisis starting in March, when we see a informality evolution ”, says the Dieese technician, noting that the home office is a resource essentially restricted to workers in the formal market with occupations that allow remote work.

For Silvestre, it is likely that the end of emergency aid will aggravate household indebtedness. “This will certainly affect household income, and consumption. Thus, the indebtedness of these people must increase, because they have no prospects. With the end of emergency aid, and without a job, there is a critical situation. It will also increase inequality, it will increase misery. There is no doubt that emergency aid made an important contribution, even if the decline in the economy was not so severe. Because these resources were primarily intended for consumption. People need to eat. We are certainly going to see a worsening of misery and poverty, as is already being projected. ”

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Book addresses transformations in rap through changes in society

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São Paulo – Society undergoes several changes, year after year, be it culturally, in its forms of organization, and even in new working methods. These transformations influence other segments, including Hip-Hop, rap and their MC battles. In view of this, social scientist Felipe Oliveira Campos, known as Felipe Choco, launched the book Rap, Culture and Politics: Battle of the Matrix and the Aesthetics of Entrepreneurial Overcoming, which addresses the digital and marketing influence within this culture.

A member of the Center for Studies and Research of Afro-America (Nepafro), Choco analyzes contemporary society using the Battle of the Matrix held in São Bernardo do Campo as a pillar since 2013, and considered a reference in the duel between MCs. The resistance of the event, the target of police repression and municipal administration, was the starting point for the author.

“When I face the Battle of the Matrix, it poses a number of questions that can be deepened, being able to understand it beyond the context of battles, as public spaces in cities”, he explains. “When the Battle of the Matrix emerged, I was part of the Hip-Hop Forum of São Bernardo do Campo, and mediated conflicts with the Government. Therefore, I realized that the conflicts that the battle created when occupying the public space, raised questions of general interest. So I used the Battle of the Matrix as a way to understand contemporary Brazil, ”added Choco.

In 2018, RBA reported the repression suffered by the battle of ABC Paulista. At the time, the management of the mayor of São Bernardo do Campo, Orlando Morando (PSDB), tried to “boycott” the traditional rap event in the city, by charging a fee for using the Praça da Matrix, in the city center. At various times, rapper Emicida went to the site to support young people.

Social transformations

While society sees new forms of organization, rap also adapts to these changes. The writer compares the professionalization of artists and battles to the industrialization of the city of São Bernardo do Campo and Posse Hausa, a black organization founded in the 1990s, focused on the Hip-Hop movement, whose majority of the members were workers in the ABC industry Paulista.

With the 2017 labor reform, by then President Michel Temer (MDB-SP), Felipe Choco explains that the social dynamics have also changed within the Hip-Hop culture. “Today, the organizers of the Battle of the Matrix are part of the service sector, without stability and without social protection. Therefore, the financial solution, among the organizers, was the professionalization of the event. This applies to the whole culture. ”

The main example used by the author of these social and economic transformations in rap is Emicida’s career. Coming from the Battle of Santa Cruz, disputed south of São Paulo, the rapper emerged using the main method of rhyming duels: the punchlines – in Portuguese, punch lines, used to impress the listener.

After the success, the rapper created his own musical label: Laboratório Fantasma. “Emicida created a horizon to organize its own career, without having to go through the distributors’ screen. In other words, it is the democratization of music production, distribution and consumption ”, said Choco, who recalls that the book’s presentation is signed by the MC.

Aesthetics of entrepreneurial overcoming

Based on the phenomenon achieved by Emicida, the social scientist points to the creation of a new aesthetic within rap: that of entrepreneurial overcoming. According to him, this aspect allows creative freedom and financial autonomy, creating a style of business organization.

“This overcoming does not mean denying the culture’s past, but advancing in the market sense, creating a mark around the artist”, he explained. The author quotes a statement by Mano Brown, a member of Racionais, where the rapper points out that the phonographic market is no longer just the commercialization of music, but also the image and positioning of MCs.

This aesthetic creates a new notion of work and organization, according to the author. “If we make a parallel with the industrial market, in the 1990s, work was in opposition to capital, where the organization of the workforce sought its valorization. Now, in the face of informality and the imposition that ‘each one is an entrepreneur of their own’, artists become their own business capital ”, he reiterates.

However, this entrepreneurial resilience does not only involve rappers and new independent labels, but also affects the battles of MCs, including the Matrix. With the rise of streaming platforms such as YouTube, duels have become more digital, have reached new audiences and created a new market.

“The Battle of the Matrix is ​​a product of that condition that battles have become. Before the pandemic, every Tuesday, she mobilized 1,000 people in the square. Battles play a fundamental role in mutations and reinventions of culture, as was the case with punchline, taking a new breath in how to make and organize rap. These changes that occur in rap did not come out of nowhere, they are the result of social transformations ”, concludes Felipe.

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