Words by Eddie STATS Houghton
As trumpeted, LargeUp is proud to bring you the official release event for Los Rakas’ new EP Chancletas y Camisetas Bordadas (translated roughly as: “Flip-flops & Wifebeaters”) which is going down this coming Friday, August 19th at Tammany Hall in LES, New York. Controlling the DJ set is an all-star line-up including the Rice & Peas/Re-Opened core team of Max Glazer, DJ Gravy & Micro Don plus myself Eddie STATS (hola), pan-tropicalist Chief Boima (who produced several of the tracks on the EP) and Uproot Andy of Que Bajo fame (who also happened to produce Los Rakas’ breakthrough joint “Abrazame“). If thats not enough, Raka Dun and Raka Rich of LR will be hosting the vent in the flesh (and we have to expect that they’ll touch the mic at some point).
Chancletas drops on Tuesday August 23rd (stream or download “Ta Lista” below for a taste) and this event may be your last chance to see them up close & personal in a non-arena venue (the next day they invade Central Park Summerstage and after that, it’s no turning back).[audio:http://largeup.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/04-Ta-Lista-1.mp3|titles=04 Ta Lista-1]
That should give you all the info you need to make an intelligent and mature decision about whether or not to come true (come true!) but I’ll just add that just as Los Rakas were one of the first artists hot enough to be featured in our Now Things webisode series, this is the very first event we’ve felt strongly enough about to put the LargeUp logo on so you do the math…and stay tuned for Now Things Live at some point in the not-too-distant future!
(PS beacoups respect to Natalia Linares and the whole LR team for being a part of the LargeUp movement)