Hip-hop artist, emcee, and television personality, BiA (aka Perico Princess) incorporates Latin and trap music into her brand of rap. Rapper Fam-Lay discovered the Boston native and immediately introduced her to super-producer Pharrell Williams.
Lying bandaged and unable to walk after experiencing a near-fatal motorcycle accident, Pharrell called her for a verse on an upcoming project. Despite her physical state, she insisted she could work, proving her skill and determination. Williams realized her talent and signed her to his creative collective, i am OTHER, in collaboration with RCA Records under Peter Edge.
Last year she released a mix-tape called #CHOLASEASON which debuted on Datpiff.com. She has a debut album executive produced by Pharrell Williams on the way.
Los Rakas is comprised of cousins Raka Rich & Raka Dun, pioneering Panamanians by way of the Bay Area on the frontier of a new Latin urban sound. Known for their fresh mix of hip-hop, plena, reggae and dancehall music with both Spanish and English lyricism, Los Rakas represent the cutting edge of Pan-American flows. Taking their name from the Panamanian word "Rakataka" – a negative slur used to describe someone from the ghetto – Los Rakas have set out to both inspire fellow "Rakas" by empowering them to become successful despite their circumstances, turning the current Latin hip-hop world on its head. They are part of a growing movement of DIY artists opening new spaces for true urban music to flourish worldwide in the Internet Era.
Los Rakas had a busy year, having appeared on "Sway In The Morning," as well as performing in huge festivals like "Rock The Bells" and "Central Park SummerStage," have their song "Hot" placed in the biggest video game in the world - FIFA 14 (via Latinol), and collaborated with Major Lazer (Desorden) & Scoop Deville (Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg). The group were the first independent band to have their logo on a major brand sneaker - the Raka Puma - as part of Modelo Especial and Complex Magazine's "Blank Canvas Project" released last year in stores. Currently 2014 Converse Cons ambassadors, Raka Rich & Raka Dun are featured prominently as part of the brands' national ad campaign shot by famed photographer Ari Marcopoulos.
Los Rakas have been covered widely in the press across their 7 year career, with mentions in the NY Times, NPR's All Things Considered, Complex Magazine, The FADER, Washington Post, AOL & much more. They've shared the stage with Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, Manu Chao and have toured nationally with SOJA, Collie Buddz, and The Grouch as well as internationally at festivals like Mexico City's "Festival Corona Capital," Colombia and Chile.
Their debut album "El Negrito Dun Dun & Ricardo" - released on Universal Musica after building independently and internationally - is out now!
"As their music switched among hip-hop, reggaetón and dancehall beats, their fast rhymes proclaimed solidarity across the hemisphere." - NYTimes
"This Oakland, Calif., duo — rapping cousins Raka Rich and Raka Dun — prove that some of the most exciting dance music on the planet is still coursing through the Afro-Latin diaspora." - Washington Post
"The bilingual hip-hop crew has caught the eye of Snoop Dogg and Major Lazer. Their CONS list has videos that caught THEIR eyes, like Murs, ASAP Rocky, and Schoolboy Q." - Vevo
"The Panamanian cousins, Raka Rich and Raka Dun, are the embodiment of the new millennial Latino MC—bilingual, genre-bending and, of course, lyrics for days." - Latina Magazine
"Los Rakas is one of the most talented & multi-faceted globalized voices in hip hop & R&B." - Austinist
"Truth is, there's only Los Rakas really doing this. The bilingual rap and reggae duo out of Oakland (via Panama) are putting all the pieces together: rapping in both Spanish and English over rhythms (and riddims) from a faraway isthmus and from around the block. They draw lines between the immigrant experience and the urban experience; between the black and the brown experience. They rhyme about partying and looking fresh and smoking fine Cali weed, but also about what's really going on, about struggle, about identity." - MTV Iggy
Cam & China
Two members of the formerly five-piece all female group Pink Dollaz, who collectively broke at the height of the Jerkin craze years ago after releasing the highly underrated Pink Drugs mixtape, have re-emerged as a duo with a new sound and direction.
Red Bull Sound Select
Red Bull Sound Select Presents: New York is a new monthly live music showcase that highlights some of the city's most exciting new artists. The event series, curated in partnership with AFROPUNK, East Village Radio, Brooklyn Bodega, and Brooklyn Vegan, will feature one headliner and three local artists on the rise. Each month, the showcase will rotate to a different iconic venue in New York and will introduce an exciting new line up of artists.
Red Bull Sound Select is designed to support emerging musicians and elevate local music – we believe that's as simple as bringing artists that matter and fans that care increasingly closer together. The program is launching in New York, Nashville, Chicago, Austin, and LA with an exclusive group of artists chosen by top tastemakers in their markets.