Los Rakas Video for "Abrazame"
(song starts after opening parade scene)
Oakland By Way of Panama
Group, Los Rakas, Set to Play Cypress Hill's 'Smoke Out
Festival' this Saturday, October 16th in San Bernadino,
CA! The group will appear with Bay-Area band The
Park, sharing the stage w/ Manu Chao, Nas & Damien Marley,
Erykah Badu, Incubus, Collie Budz, and many more!
There are groups that come along and change the way we listen,
appreciate and connect to music. Hailing from Panama but now
residing in California, Los Rakas blends Hip-Hop, Reggae and
Dancehall music with Spanish and English lyricism creating
songs that leaves your head noddin’ and body rockin’. Los
Rakas (DunDun and Rico AKA Filthy Rich) tag team the mic with
a tenacity reminiscent of old school veterans in the game and
the passion of the newer artists on the scene.
2010 has been a flagship year for the group, winning the Latin
Alternative Music Conference’s (LAMC) ‘Discovery Artist’ prize
in New York City (an award that goes to the most promising
group at the conference and the first time awarded to an urban
group), with endorsements from Gibson Guitar and SHURE;
culminating with their breakout and lauded performance at The
Bowery Ballroom with a 6 piece band which made news in The New
York Times. The group has also shared the stage with hip-hop
greats like Ice Cube, Snoop Dog, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Murs
and continue to teach spoken word workshops in Oakland's
public school system through the organization, Youth Speaks.
Tastemakers like The FADER & XLR8R to more traditional outlets
like previously mentioned The New York Times & National
Geographic have hailed the group. Their hit summer single,
‘Abrazame’ ft Favi (Uproot Andy Hold Yuh), a Latin take on the
Gyptian ‘Hold Yuh’ smash, is currently in rotation at 106 KMEL
(San Francisco), La Mega 97.9 'After Party' w/ DJ Polito Jr
and DJ Bacan (New York City) and spreading fast.
The group is excited to play for Smoke Out Festival attendees.
It was recently announced that medical marijuana patients
could legally consume at the festival. The group has a history
of making some great songs, never leaving out tracks for the
cannabis-lovers. Their song "Hierba" ft Kaz Kyzah & Silk-E
from the much acclaimed mixtape 'Panabay Twist 2: La Tanda Del
Bus' is a great example, following in the footsteps of festival
founders, Cypress Hill's infamous weed songs. The infectious
chorus goes 'Grass, grass, we're gonna smoke that grass.'