News: Los Rakas, HBK Skipper, and Rey Res to Perform at Slim’s On May 8th
The Bay Area Artists Will Hold the Show at Slim’s With Special Guest DJ Amen
Fresh from their performances at Coachella, the Bay Area natives with Panamian roots, Los Rakas are teaming up with fellow local artists HBK Skipper and Rey Res for a show on Friday, May 8th at Slim’s.
Known for their mix of hip-hop, plena, reggae, and dancehall music with Spanish and English lyrics, Los Rakas represent the cutting edge of Pan-American flows, single-handedly moving the Latino hip-hop capital of the U.S. to the Bay Area. “As their music switched among hip-hop, reggaetón, and dancehall beats, their fast rhymes proclaimed solidarity across the hemisphere,” stated the New York Times, while NPR added that “it’s beautiful to remember what true love for music feels likes.” San Jose rapper Rey Res is also no stranger to the game, having opened up for legendary artists including Souls of Mischief, Bone Thugs N Harmony, and Hieroglyphics. Kicking off 2015 by landing the cover of this hometown newspaper, the San Jose Metro, Rey Res also released his latest project, Heart of the City, in January.
Catch Los Rakas, HBK Skipper, Rey Res, and special guest DJ Amen this Friday at Slim’s in San Francisco.
Los Rakas, HBK Skipper, Rey Res, & DJ Amen
Friday, May 8th at Slim’s
333 11th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
Los Rakas Background:
Los Rakas is comprised of cousins Raka Rich and 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 represents 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. In 2012, Los Rakas released their EP, Raka Love, touring nationally and internationally. Their debut album on Universal Latino, El Negrito Dun Dun y Ricardo, released in 2014.
HBK Gang Background:
If you haven’t yet heard of the HBK Gang, it’s time to get acquainted. Producer and rapper Iamsu! is considered one more of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful young independent artists in rap with his hits with E-40 (“Function”), Wiz Khalifa (“Bout Me”), 2 Chainz (“Livin’”), LoveRance (“Up”), and more. Producer P-Lo (of The Invasion) has the driving force behind the West Coast’s current, radio-dominating sound; he’s produced singles for Yo Gotti (“Act Right”), Wiz Khalifa (“‘Bout Me”), and more; Sage The Gemini has been equally prolific, with the above-mentioned single, “Gas Pedal” and now “Red Nose,” which was certified gold and is charting on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. The rest of the crew includes members Skip, Rossi, CJ, Jay Ant, and Kool John, who were all featured on the recently released crew mixtape, Gang Forever.
Rey Res Background:
California rapper/producer Rey Res comes with a smooth laid back style over a combination of original compositions, nostalgic samples, and heavy drums and synths. Rey Res has been on the move lately, making a lot of noise in the States and beyond. Paying homage to the old classic golden era sound, while moving forward with a new twist, he dubs his sound “Old Rust New Bang”. While simultaneously strengthening his internet buzz, Rey Res has recently toured with the Hieroglyphics crew on the Hiero Imperium 2012 Summer tour, and Los Angeles recording artist Bambu on the Rent Money Tour, Fall 2012. Rey has also independently released projects in conjunction with The Bangerz (JBWKZ Records), Nima Fadavi, Cukui Clothing, Breezy Excursion Clothing & Clout Graffiti Magazine.
Rey Resurreccion: http://www.audibletreats.com/rey-resurreccion