(Courtesy of Don Blanquito)
By Sophie-Claire Hoeller, Thrillist
Who’s up for a “hood pass” to Rio’s slums with rapper Don Blanquito — formerly Alex Cutler, a Jewish MBA from LA? He studied Portuguese, eschewed the wolves on Wall Street, and moved to Rio’s projects to pursue his passion: funk music. Now a local celebrity headlining shows and known affectionately as “Sir Whiteboy” in the favelas, he’s offering his services as tour guide.
For $75, DB’ll take you around Ladeira dos Tabajaras (better known as Tabajaras), in the heart of Copacabana. A bit steep? Not when you consider the fee includes lunch… AND one of his CDs! Throw another 20 his way and you can take pics together, too.
“It’s a full-blown tour; you’re going to sweat, and you’re going to see how the locals live — this is not a zoo tour inside of a caged truck. I have a hood pass since I’ve lived here for four years, and know pretty much everyone, so no need to hide your Gucci and Louis V.” Sold!
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