Los Rakas are a bilingual hip-hop duo from Oakland, California. The group consists of Panamanian cousins Raka Rich and Raka Dun, and their music is a mix of Panamanian and Caribbean music such as salsa, reggae, dancehall, and merengue, with hip-hop, R&B, and soul sprinkled on top. We spoke briefly with them in anticipation tonight's show at Fitzgerald's.
30 seconds with.... Los Rakas!
Rocks Off: What is the best song in the world?
Los Rakas: "Everything's Going Be Alright" by Bob Marley. No matter what's going on, we hear that song and it makes us feel better. It brings a sense of hope.
RO: Someone throws a beer bottle at you onstage. What do you do?
LR: Oh man, it depends which mood we're in, to be honest, LOL!
RO: Without worrying about space, time, or the laws of physics, what would be the ultimate gig to play, and why?
LR: A show in Panama with Bob Marley, Celia Cruz and Buju Banton!
RO: What would you buy with a million dollars?
LR: We would buy a couple of buildings and have a different things going on each floor, like a youth center and school for the kids, recording studios, and a program to help people find jobs. Possibly both in Oakland and in Panama. That's one of our goals. Soy Raka University!
RO: What would you buy with your last dollar?
RO: If you could canonize another musician, who would it be, and of what would they be the patron saint?
LR: Celia Cruz! The patron saint of Afro-Latino global soul y azucar!
RO: What will be written on the plaque beneath the giant statue future generations erect in your honor?
LR: "Just two rakas from Panama & Oakland that did it their way! A Raka is a rebel!"
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RO: What's your impression of Texas?
LR: Texas is dope as far as the music scene goes. We've been working with the guys from Peligrosa in Austin for a while now and have a lot of respect for the movement they are building here. Same with Chingo Bling. Also, shout out to our homie Sonora in San Antonio who has DJ'd for us in the past and remixed some of our songs. We always have a good crowd when we perform here, most recently at the 2013 Pachanga Music Festival which was a beautiful audience. We're excited to come back and keep growing the audience here because there are so many Latinos and Chicanos who get our movement.
RO: Five records you can't live without?
- El Roockie, Formula Cruda
- Bob Marley, Legend
- Tego Calderon, El Abayarde
- E-40, My Ghetto Report Card
- 2Pac, Me Against the World
Los Rakas play at Fitzgerald's tonight with J BOOG and Hot Rain. Doors open at 8p.m.
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