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By Oliva Perry

Since kick starting her career at the age of 17 by winning a high school music competition, Brazilian singer songwriter Karol Conka has been edging her way into the hip hop industry. Now, three years after being nominated for her single “Good Night” at the 2011 Brazilian MTV Music Awards, Conka is releasing her debut album Batuk Freak. Nave, the man behind the album is no stranger to success and is credited for having produced hits for some of Brazil’s biggest rappers. The 12-track album is a collection of catchy hip-hop beats and mouthy Portuguese lyrics that strike a balance between a less freaky Die Antwoord and MIA’s female-powered verses. Although there isn’t a single word of English in Batuk Freak, Conka’s rapping chops speak for themselves in her colourful breakout album.

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