Nov 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: Raka Dun

Brown is Beautiful: Los Rakas Large Up Las Morenas On “Africana”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Los Rakas-Africana

“Si las mujeres mas buenas son las morena,” Los Rakas’ Raka Rich suggests on “Africana,” the latest single from the Panamanian duo from out of California’s Bay Area. Non-Spanish speakers might miss some things in translation, but Rich and rhyme partner Raka Dun’s message on “Africana” is loud and clear: brown skinned women are the best women. No matter how you slice it, the poppy, reggae-tinged tune, produced by frequent Rakas collaborator Yeti Beats, sends a positive message to gals of darker complexion and African heritage. And if you can’t follow the lyrics, the alluring cover art goes a long way to getting the point across.

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Audio: Raka Dun, “No Tan Listo”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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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