Emicida “9 Círculos” (from the Max Payne 3 Original Soundtrack)

Posted on May 8 2012, 12:10pm | Author: R* A | Filed Under: Music, Games


Emicida, a leader of the rap scene in Brazil's hip-hop capital city of São Paulo - and winner of Act of the Year in the 2011 MTV VMB Awards - has just released his original track, "9 Círculos (9 Circles)" composed and produced exclusively for Max Payne 3 to his fans at www.emicida.com. Produced by Emicida's in-house beatmakers Casp and Nave Beatz, you can now listen to the song in full above and at the Rockstar Games Soundcloud page.

The inspiration for the song according to Emicida, is his hometown city of São Paulo itself, where Max Payne 3 is set - as he explains:

"O caos da maior cidade da América Latina, a insegurança, o medo envolto nessa atmosfera de corrupção, crime, pobreza, luta por justiça e todos os elementos que compõem este ambiente... A composição é dividida em duas partes. A primeira é algo como um conflito interno, e a segunda é uma visão mais política, com um olhar sobre fatos recentes, uma vez que o jogo é lançado neste momento que estamos vivendo agora. Acho que a música faz jus à São Paulo que vemos hoje... Ter uma canção cantada em português num lançamento mundial é muito especial para a música brasileira. ‘9 Círculos’ passeia por uma brasilidade bem interessante, flerta com maracatu e samba. É um texto bem cru sobre a realidade das ruas, estou feliz com isso."

("The chaos of the largest city in Latin America, the insecurity, the fear that revolves around this atmosphere of corruption, crime, poverty, the struggle for justice, and all the elements that are part of this environment... The song is divided into two parts. The first part is something along the lines of an internal conflict, and the second is a more political insight, with a glimpse over current events that we are experiencing right now as the game [Max Payne 3] is released. I think the song lives up to the São Paulo that we see today... To have a song sung in Portuguese in a project released worldwide is quite significant to Brazilian music. ‘9 Círculos’ contains a Brazilian flavor that is quite interesting, and it flirts with the maracatu and the samba. It possesses a raw content covering the reality of the streets and I am really happy about that.)"

We're very proud to have this original composition in Max Payne 3. For all of our non-Portuguese-speaking fans, we've also gotten with Emicida for a faithful transcription of the lyrics into English so that all of you can listen and read along to see how the lyrics relate both the Max Payne's tortured state of mind in the game - and to the volatile world of the city of São Paulo. Read the lyrics below - and stay tuned for a special remix of the track as well, to be released soon.

"It feels like a crack hit, but it's just paranoia.
Off I go, carrying my gun - the enemies keep an eye on us
Of course, it stresses and tires me.
Whiskey, neon, dim lights and she dances.
It's me and my demons - like always.
Cigarette... stiff drink... without hope,
Everything that talks, lies.
It's tough at rock bottom - when the pain’s yours, you feel it.
Love I sought, like slow samba.
Lights are out, legs are shaky.
An addict, with a cross on his chest, staring at his sad reflection.
Life draining through his fingers,
Like water from the basin - cold, Ave Maria (Hail Mary).
Brother, a human being in an inhuman state - f**ked up bro, 
Which Orixa is going to clean me up?
2012, the world is ending, and f**k it...

Let everyone know the sky is falling,
What is worse, to hit rock bottom or to keep falling?
How many hells have I crossed, passed, without an angel to sing to me? 
How many oceans have I crossed without a light to guide me?
Hearing only click-clack-click-clack--boom!
Police here kill more than Tuskegee,
Murderers all around, but the people are calm like Kenny G,
Ghetto like ND [a reference to Brazilian MC Naldinho],
Mouth stutters if they see we’re still public enemies,
It’s 1, 2, quick to flare up, Do-Re-Mi and boom,
It’s over - without a single camera zoom,
And from the government, all that reaches us is pain,
In the hood, it’s tear gas and flash bombs from those who haven’t got enough morals to say anything.
Dark soldier boots, frightening futures,
I join my gang on the walls, I cover up and swear,
I’m gonna pay it back with interest,
I keep it real, no mistakes, pure, I investigate but won’t endure it.
I hold on,
I cure myself of the obscure ideals of the government, the cartel, the clan,
My role is to teach the people to say “uh huh?”
Without spreading their legs like a can-can dancer,
It’s up to us to hate my people’s enemies, you see Kassab?
They burn favelas, control the media and distort information,
Your term’s days are numbered, but our fight will carry on."

  • Rayden02Alton June 28 2012, 1:40pmReplyFlag
    I love this song!:)
    • Flynkson May 16 2012, 8:51pmReplyFlag
      Emicida é uma das poucas pessoas que ainda me fazem ter orgulho de morar no Brasil.
      • bvlf13on May 13 2012, 9:18pmReplyFlag
        Obrigado, Rockstar Games, por mostrar para o mundo um pouco mais sobre o nosso maravilhoso Brasil !!
        • Josemanzuron May 10 2012, 9:28pmReplyFlag
          I am from South America
          • Nejc_Fiseron May 10 2012, 2:25pmReplyFlag
            I think this music if very nice :) GO EMICIDA!
            • marcelobosson May 10 2012, 12:10amReplyFlag
              R* Max Payne 3 will be located for PT-BR? Subtitles, menus, dialogs ...?
              • R* Aon May 10 2012, 11:48amReplyFlag
                @marceloboss Please email us at mouthoff@rockstargames.com with any questions about language support and we should be able to confirm details - thank you.
              • ColobusCompanionon May 23 2012, 11:34amReplyFlag
                @marceloboss O jogo está com legendas em portguês Brasileiro assim como os menus.
            • LiL-A-King1on May 9 2012, 7:31pmReplyFlag
              • TheDrizzle659on May 9 2012, 5:17pmReplyFlag
                Nice track but seriously you guys should start banning all of the people on your Facebook page that continue to complain about the lack of GTAV news. They're really annoying
                • California_Dymezon May 9 2012, 4:26pmReplyFlag
                  His flow was tight as hell. Will there be more from Emicida in the soundtrack?
                  • .NECRO.3Eon May 9 2012, 2:34pmReplyFlag
                    • DarkMythHunteron May 9 2012, 1:55pmReplyFlag
                      Woah guys, every day it's getting better and better. Nothing more than 5 days left and I'll get this amazing game!

                      Dan Tony.
                    • jeanferraz27on May 9 2012, 1:25pmReplyFlag
                      Dale meu pais... Brasil. emicida. favela. mulher. putaria. guerra.droga é nois
                    • PsychoClaavuson May 9 2012, 12:10pmReplyFlag
                      The song is good but not for a Max Payne game.
                      It's not the Max Payne style.
                      But it may have sense in the game somehow...

                      But i hope this isn't the Menu Song.........
                      • R* Aon May 9 2012, 12:14pmReplyFlag
                        @PsychoClaavus As we mentioned earlier, the overall score is the original music composed by HEALTH that you hear in the Max Payne 3 trailers and videos. But we're very proud to have this authentic & original sound of São Paulo from one of their leading artists that appears during an appropriate time in the game while Max is in Brazil. Cheers.
                      • MaxPayne1983on May 9 2012, 2:44pmReplyFlag
                        @ That's what i want to read, very well explained
                      • KindLemonaderon May 9 2012, 8:47pmReplyFlag
                        @ Cool!
                    • hell0artyon May 9 2012, 4:37amReplyFlag
                      At first i thought that Max Payne and latin hip-hop are incompatible but then i came! Epic track, perhaps it will be in the end titles.
                      • Shogun_85on May 8 2012, 11:22pmReplyFlag
                        Dope track. Love the Brazilian elements on it.
                        • GTA4rox08on May 8 2012, 10:47pmReplyFlag
                          Sounds awesome, can't wait for the game. Mind telling us if there will be a Pre-Load option for this game on online retailers such as steam?
                          • JonasREJCSon May 8 2012, 10:28pmReplyFlag
                            Rockstar will be the only thing that makes me hear Brazilian Rap, because Max Payne 3's soundtrack have Rap songs, anyway, I can't wait to play Max Payne 3! Actually I'm playing Max Payne 1 on PS2 dublado em português!
                            • EmmBranton May 8 2012, 7:41pmReplyFlag
                              WOW! Great song R*! Looks like HEALTH aren't the only ones we can expect great music from on the game and accompanying soundtrack. Can't wait to hear this while shooting through the streets of Brazil in Max Payne 3!
                              • GTAV_King89on May 8 2012, 6:40pmReplyFlag
                                That's a great track! the whole Soundtrack will be EPIC! :) i know that!


                                • R* Yon May 8 2012, 7:27pmReplyFlag
                                  @GTAV_King89 Cool, good to see you and so many others are digging the new track
                                • GTAV_King89on May 8 2012, 7:42pmReplyFlag
                                  @ I'm really excited about Max Payne 3 and every other single thing you guys will release in every piece of development. It's great to see you bringing so much love into everything you develop. Everyone of you guys will never ever disappoint me. I really love you guys! MP3 will be a perfect game. :)


                                • VBProjecton May 9 2012, 4:15amReplyFlag
                                  @GTAV_King89 EPIC is Emothion 98.3 and MSX 98.
                                  EPIC is Journey and Self Actualization.

                                  But MP3's OST just nice and good, not epic. People are misusing that word very often.
                                • AndPersilon May 9 2012, 6:12amReplyFlag
                                  @VBProject EPIC is a matter of opinion.
                                  In my case, I'm waiting for Max Payne III since 2003.
                                  IMHO, It's too early to consider it an EPIC, but it's a serious candidate. ;-)
                                • PunsofDamageon May 9 2012, 2:23pmReplyFlag
                                  @AndPersil Yeah, same here, been waiting 9 years! Can't wait
                              • NYPDMAXPAYNEon May 8 2012, 6:31pmReplyFlag
                                The music of Max Payne 3 is already turning out to be EPIC!
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