Oakland Act Scores A Grammy Nomination
This Panamanian hip-hop duo of cousins who are from Oakland, have been nominated for the Best Latin rock, urban or alternative album category. Their style consists of a mixture of Hip-Hop influences with Reggaeton, Reggae, and Dancehall. Their most recent work includes collaborating with the American New Wave band Blondie on their 2014 studio album, Ghosts of Download, where they appeared as a featured artist on the track I Screwed Up.
"Hard work, faith and perseverance," the East Bay duo tweeted following their Grammy nomination for best Latin rock, urban or alternative album. Rapping cousins Raka Rich and Raka Dun have been dropping beats and fast rhymes since 2006, both in English and Spanish. Their Grammy-nominated LP Los Rakas showcases Latin pride with songs like "Orgulloso de ser latino," while also including politically charged tracks including "Hablemos del amor."
Los Rakas was born in the youth centers of Oakland, CA in 2006. Touring nationwide and internationally, their specialty is that they teach Spanish through their music—no Rosetta Stone needed.