Oct 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: Los Rakas

Weather Report: Collie Buddz’ ‘Won’t Be Long’ Video + Dark N’ Stormy Tour

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Collie Buddz recently brought some Bermuda vibes to Hawaii,  shooting the video for his new single “Won’t Be Long” in Oahu and Maui while visiting the islands for the Red Star Music Festival. The video for the New Kingston-produced track, out today on iTunes, arrives as Collie gets set to kick off the Dark N Stormy tour with Los Rakas and the New Kingston Band in Portland, Oregon, on Thursday. Stay tuned for a few announcements about the Dark N Stormy tour on LargeUp soon but, in the meantime, get the dates here, and catch our LargeUp TV webisode with Collie in NYC below.

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LargeUp Premiere: Los Rakas Rep JA + Oscar Grant with “Hablemos Del Amor”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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You might be asking yourself right now: Los Rakas rep JA? Ain’t they those Panamanian dudes from the Bay? Yes, but they’ve just hopped on the brand-new riddim called Rep JA, from the streetwear label (and LargeUp family) of the same name. Gyptian, Laza Morgan, RDX, Kardinal Offishall, Dre’ and the Kid Daytona have all voiced the riddim but the inclusion of Los Rakas struck us particularly notable. Not only are we longtime supporters of Los Rakas and their efforts to bridge reggae, Panamanian plena and hip-hop but we knew they’d come with something extra strong.

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Summa Madness: Deejay Theory x Stylo G x Bob Marley, “Call Me A Marley” + Summa Pack

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Leave it to our inimitable Mixtape Mondays columnist Deejay Theory to set the summer off proper. Just in time for BBQ season, he’s just dropped a “Summa Pack” of DJ-friendly remixes on us, featuring brand-new reworkings of Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved,” Santana’s “Black Magic Woman” and an unlikely pairing of JC Lodge’s “Someone Loves You Honey” and raps from those amorous Panabaynians, Los Rakas.

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Video: Ski Beatz feat. Los Rakas, “Mr. Miyagi”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

We’ve been doing our part to spread the Panabaynian gospel of Los Rakas for a while now and it seems that more and more people are catching on to what the duo of Rakas Dun and Rico have to offer. Fresh off their recent collaboration with fellow Bay Area-n, E-40, and being spotted in the studio with Diplo, legendary Brooklyn hip-hop producer Ski Beatz, of Roc-a-Fella fame, has tapped the duo for his upcoming Latin hip-hop project, 24 Hour Karate School Presents: 24 Horas Escuela de Karate. The result is a brief crane kick in the face called “Mr. Miyagi,” and it now has an NYC-set video which captures the interested parties (and one breakdancing toddler) soaking up NYC from the Williamsburg Bridge and a BK rooftop.Check it out below.

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Audio: Raka Dun, “No Tan Listo”

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Most everything that comes our way from the Los Rakas camp scorches but even by those standards, “No Tan Listo” from Raka Dun’s upcoming solo EP, Afro Latino, is sizzling. Rhyming in his native espanol, Dun deftly illustrates why “they ain’t ready” over a propulsive beat from Yeti Beats that’s right in the sweet spot between dancehall and Panamanian plena. Stream “No Tan Listo” below, cop it on iTunes and look out for Afro Latino soon. And if you’re an East Coast Raka, be advised that Raka Dun and Raka Rich have a big weekend planned: they headline the Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival in Hartford, Conn. tomorrow night, followed by an appearance at Sunday Jam Sessions at Bamboo in New York’s East Village the day after (see flyer below).

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Who Do You Love: Los Rakas x Scheme, “Lo Mucho Que Te Quiero”

Words by Jesse Serwer

Oakland’s Los Rakas stay getting love from us for consistently throwing dancehall into their eclectic “Panabaynian” rap sound but they’ve also been known to indulge in the occasional reggae vibes. Such was the case, for instance, with “Lo Mucho Que Te Quiero” from their 2009 Panabay Twist 2 mixtape. Three years later, that track has now been updated in the form of a remix that sees the addition of Chicago rapper Scheme (not to be confused with our doops Scheme of Brooklyn’s Old Money), who shores things up with a solid verse en espanol. The romantic theme of course fits right in with that of their latest project, the Valentine’s Day Raka Love EP.

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