Hola mi gente! Are we ready for some nueva música? Pues, allow me to introduce to you all to Los Rakas. The Panamanian born, now Oakland-based duo are looking to create a milestone movement with their multicultural hip-hop. The band name “Los Rakas” is a derivative of a Panamanian slur “Rakataka” meaning someone of an impoverished neighborhood – but the fellas have taken this word and have given it a positive vibe. A vibe that radiates positivity, pride and hard work.
The boys have spent the last seven years relentlessly pursing their dreams. They’ve worked diligently in getting their songs heard on Youtube, doing guest spots for established artists, and getting as much time in the studio to produce what would be their first record entitled “El Negrito Dun Dun and Ricardo” – a double album – unheard of for a first record. Raka Rich and Raka Dun as individuals have distinct sounds, expressions and stories. The record is 14 tracks total expressing both perspectives.
Raka Dun, known as “El Negrito Dun Dun” speaks on a quasi-autobiographical hip-hop and reggae immigrant love story, “a soundtrack for a changing world” he says. Raka Rich’s “Ricardo” expresses a sleek and sexy West Coast-sound, very reminiscent of 90s hip-hop. “Ricardo” speaks about a young man who wants and gets it all. Both records combined paint a musical landscape that does not pigeonhole them into a particular genre.
Los Rakas were in NYC recently for a radio interview with Sirius-XM and hosted a listening party for fans and press. On Monday, April 14, 2014 Sirius-XM’s Flow Nacion -Chanel 506 aired the “Raka Takeover” right before their April 15th record release. If you missed it the radio interview, please click here. Also, if you’d like learn more about Los Rakas, how to purchase their record and/or to stay in the loop with shows and show dates, please click here.
Bueno mis Rakateros, stay tuned for my next post y hasta la próxima.
— Roz Baron