Sabotage (rapper)

Mauro Mateus dos Santos (April 3, 1973 – January 24, 2003), better known by his stage name Sabotage, was a Brazilian rapper and songwriter from São Paulo.

Birth nameMauro Mateus dos Santos
Born(1973-04-13)April 13, 1973
São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
DiedJanuary 24, 2003(2003-01-24) (aged 29)
São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
GenresGangsta Rap, Hip Hop, Rap rock
Occupation(s)Rapper, songwriter
Years active1989 – 2003
LabelsCosa Nostra Fonográfica

Early lifeEdit

He grew up selling drugs in Brooklin Novo, a neighborhood in São Paulo’s South Zone. He gained fame in 2001 after the release of his first and only album titled Rap é Compromisso.[1][2] He performed on other artists' recordings, such as Sepultura's Revolusongs EP, a cover of Public Enemy's "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos", which was released in 2002. That same year, he appeared as himself in the Brazilian film The Trespasser (O Invasor) and contributed to its soundtrack. This was followed soon after by an acting role as Fuinha in the movie Carandiru.

His influence as a musician was crucial for the growth of hip-hop in Brazil, meaning that his vision and style were unique and inspiring for many rappers. His lyrics were full of words of wisdom of a man who experienced a hard early life in the favelas of Brazil. In 2016, his posthumous album, Sabotage, was released.


In 2003, Sabotage died after being shot four times in the head and chest. No arrest was made, and, despite the nature of the attack, no connection was established between his drug-peddling and his violent death.[3]


Zazen, the production company of José Padilha, director of "Tropa de Elite", will shoot a movie on the life of rapper. Budgeted at R$9 (US$2.2) million, the feature film is scheduled for release in 2020, the year marking the seventeenth anniversary of the singer's death.[4]


  • Rap É Compromisso! (2001)[5]
  • Uma Luz Que Nunca Irá se Apagar (2002)
  • Rap é o Hino que Me Mantém Vivo (2008)
  • Sabotage (2016)


  1. ^ "Rap News Network - Hip-Hop News: Brazilian Rap Star 'Sabotage' Shot Dead".
  2. ^ "New Music Videos, Reality TV Shows, Celebrity News, Pop Culture". MTV. Retrieved Aug 2, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Brazilian Rapper Sabotage Shot, Killed". AP NEWS. Retrieved Aug 2, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Feliciano, Dorah (Aug 31, 2019). "Sabotage, Famous Brazilian Rapper, Will Have Life Story Recounted on Film". Retrieved Aug 2, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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