Brazilian duo Tropkillaz make bombastic, dance-oriented electronic music that combines Brazilian traditions with electronic styles including bass, funk, and trap styles. Following their 2015 breakthrough club jam "Mambo" they paired with Anitta for the 2018 chart hit "Vai Malandra."
Formed in São Paulo in 2012, Tropkillaz is the collaborative project of DJ's Ze Gonzales (aka Zegon) and Andre Laudz (aka Laudz). One of Brazil's most admired DJs and producers, Zegon was a member of the '90s hip-hop outfit Planet Hemp, as well as the duo N.A.S.A. with Sam Spiegel. He has also worked on projects with such luminaries as David Byrne, George Clinton, Wu-Tang Clan's RZA, M.I.A., and others. Similarly, the younger Laudz first emerged as a DJ in 2007, and has worked with Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, and many of Brazil's top MCs. As a team, they first grabbed audience's ears in 2013 with tracks like "Hardcore" and "Assests" with Yellow Claw. However, it was 2015's "Mambo," a kinetic trap reworking of "Mambo Italiano" that brought them worldwide attention. In 2018, they collaborated with Anitta, MC Zaac, and Maejor Ali on the hit single "Vai Malandra," which peaked at number four on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart. ~ Matt Collar