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Los Rakas


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Los Rakas, the Bay Area via Panama duo comprised of cousins Raka Rich + Raka Dun, has taken the Latino hip-hop world by storm. Known for their fresh mix of hip-hop, plena, reggae and dancehall music with both Spanish and English lyricism, Los Rakas represent pan-American flows.

Taking their name from the Panamanian word “Rakataka,” used to negatively describe someone from the ghetto, Los Rakas have set out to both inspire fellow “rakas” by becoming successful despite their circumstances, and also to turn the current Latino hip-hop world on its head.

Steadily releasing remixes and mixtapes since 2006, 2010 proved to be Los Rakas' breakout year. Along with being the first urban group to win Latin Alternative Music Conference’s (LAMC) Discovery Artist prize, Los Rakas performed alongside Cypress Hill, Erykah Badu, and Manu Chao at Snoop Dogg’s Smoke Out Festival in 2010 as well as several high-profile festival appearances across the country.

Spotlight artists of the SXSW Music Festival 2011, Los Rakas played the Vibe Magazine House & Virgin Mobile House.

Even before the release of their 2011 debut EP, "Chancletas y Camisetas Bordada", Los Rakas had received high praise from a variety of publications, ranging from Complex Magazine to The New York Times and National Geographic.

Panabay Twist Vol. 3, Los Rakas debut full length album, and respective solo albums from Raka Rich & Raka Dun are in the works with plans for release later in 2012.

Los Rakas make music born of migration and tradition, critique and celebration, joy and pain. They make New World music. American music. Panamanian Jamaican Californian music. Music for b-boys and rude boys, dancers and romancers, mainlanders and islanders and isthmus folk alike looking to join a real Raka movement.

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