Oakland, Cali is home to one of the most rich, diverse musical scenes of any city in the world. Panamanian Jamaican born hip hop duo Los Rakas, recently named by Billboard magazine as “10 Artists to Watch” call Oakland home and rhyme in Spanish and English. Korean born, Oakland-based Joowan Kim is a classically trained composer who heads up the group Ensemble Mik Nawooj (EMN) and perform hip hop music including brand new compositions and some covers of Wu-Tang and Snoop Dogg. EMN released a 5 song LP, called Ensemble Mik Nawooj: A Hip-Hop Orchestra last month, while Los Rakas released their project, El Negrito Dun Dun y Ricardo this spring. The two groups paths cross at times and for URB, they broke down topics like rapping in Portuguese, changing the face of pop music, and repping Oakland for life!