5. Los Rakas, “Abrazame” Uproot Andy refix (Panama/SF Bay)
With their unique combination of turf-rap and reggaespanol, versatile Panamaniacs Los Rakas are fast becoming the most exciting thing happening in the Latin market–and the only exciting thing to happen in 2010 that was remotely connected to reggaeton. A good example of the “Hold Yuh” phenomenon, “Abrazame” used the Ricky Blaze beat as a good excuse for a world-class love jam but then Uproot Andy’s version upgraded it to a classic in its own right with hand-drums, dial-up synths and a dembow bassline. We called it here.