Oakland by way of Panama duo Los Rakas, who were included in Billboard’s up-and coming reggaetón artists to watch list, are gearing up for weekend 2 of Coachella with the release of their thumping, dance floor-ready single “Dale.”
Los Rakas released a 22-minute Raka Party Mix earlier this month via Okayplayer, continuing their line of critically acclaimed tunes while single-handedly moving the Latino hip-hop capital of the U.S. to the Bay Area. “As their music switched among hip-hop, reggaetón, and dancehall beats, their fast rhymes proclaimed solidarity across the hemisphere,” stated the New York Times, while NPR added that “it’s beautiful to remember what true love for music feels likes.” Their latest project, El Negrito Dun Dun y Ricardo, was accompanied by a cinematic three-part music video series about the immigrant experience in America based off their experience growing up in Oakland.
Known for their fresh mix of hip-hop, plena, reggae, and dancehall music with both Spanish and English lyricism, Los Rakas represents the cutting edge of Pan-American flows. The duo is inspiring fellow “Rakas” by empowering them to become successful despite their circumstances and turning the current Latin hip-hop world on its head. “‘Raka’ comes from the word ‘Rakataka’. They used that word to refer to people from the hood in Panama, but in a negative way,” Raka Dun explains. “We took the word and decided to make it positive…A ‘Raka’ can go to college and be a business man, you know.” Be sure to catch Los Rakas this weekend at Coachella music festival.