Los Rakas might be single-handedly moving the Latino hip-hop capital of the U.S. to the Bay Area. The Panamanian-American duo, comprised of cousins Raka Rich and Raka Dun (pronounced "Doon"), has been churning out a critically acclaimed fusion of hip-hop, dancehall, and folkloric-tinged bass since 2006. Armed with recognition from NPR for producing one of their favorite tracks of 2011 ("Vengo de Panama"), as well as their new single "Pimpin' Smokin' Dro," Los Rakas have their sights set on global hip-hop domination.
NonStop Studios & NonStop Beatz Presents 'The Mixtape'
Courtesy Park Street PR.
Here is the brand new mixtape from Non Stop Beatz, the website portal where producers & beatmakers check out can sell beats and make money. Non Stop Beatz is about supporting real talent and with this exclusive FREE download that's exactly what they do! The mixtape features thirteen tracks from some of the UK's heaviest including Hypes who impressed when he recently clashed on 'Lord Of The Mics' as well as fellow Highrise member Flexplicit who has collaborated with artists such as Papoose, Royce da 5' 9" and Professor Green. Other artists featured include Wrigley who is a member of Wiley's collective A-List, as well as the Mayhem crew whose members include Shifty who has appeared on the legendary Tim Westwood Radio Show and Blizzard who has already filmed an impressive F64 for SBTV. This mixtape is a must for UK Urban, Grime & Hip-Hop fans and is available for free download now.
MP3/Video: Fatal Lucciauno - "Big Bro" (Prod. By Kuddie Fresh)
Courtesy Audible Treats.
Fatal Lucciauno is preparing the release of his sophomore album, Respect, on February 21st, and following recent Jake One-produced single "Amazing" – Fatal will also release a free EP produced entirely by Jake One over the coming weeks – Lucciauno is excited to deliver the latest track from Respect with the Kuddie Fresh-produced "Big Bro."
"The song is about the love of the down ass sistas from my hood, and those across the country that believe in what I believe," explains Fatal. "It's a true revolution through disciple love – it sounds weird, but for those that know, they know." Atop the Kuddie Fresh instrumental, a staggered, synth- and guitar-laden affair, Fatal raps, "Oh yea they women, but these women just like me," while the hook serves as the song's caveat, with Fatal warning, "I know she thick folks/ But I ain't trying to hit those/ Front if you want and get slumped over, big bro."
Santigold’s 2012 take over has officially begun! Following a pair of hometown shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg that sold out in five minutes, she is releasing “Big Mouth,” from her forthcoming album Master of My Make Believe, due out this spring on Downtown Records/ Atlantic Records.
Santi calls out all trash-talkers on “Big Mouth” with a schoolyard taunt melody backed by an explosive carnival beat that will shake the streets from Bed-Stuy to Baja. The track is available for free download at www.santigold.com. The video was directed by Cody Critcheloe.