By the time you read this, the unveiling of Ratking's debut album, "So It Goes," will have unleashed to the public one of the most anticipated "New York" hip-hop projects in recent memory. In fact, it's ironic that the name Ratking implies that these guys remain in the underground, when they've more than cracked the upper echelon of performers we could label 'the next big thing.'
The trio of Wiki (aka Patrick Morales), Hak (Hakeem Lewis) and Sporting Life (Eric Adiele) have a catalog of hits under their belt that has set them apart from others on the New York hip-hop scene. Which is why they're certainly far from bothered when names like A$AP Nast or Joey Bada$$ creep into the conversation. There's simply not a group more prominent right now than Ratking, thanks to a youthful passion and vibrant sound.
Where else will you look to the labeled 'New York music' scene and find such a mix of alt rock, drum and bass, jazz and even reggae? Combined with their sped up vocal samples mashed up with other stray sounds, there's nothing that can touch the soundscape that is Ratking. From the electric piano and saxophone on "Snow Beach" to the horn riff on "One In a Million," the tracks that combine to make up "So It Goes" solidify the opinion many have had of Ratking for quite some time.
If you're looking for the future of New York sound, you'll find it walking the urban edge of this group that is not so much up-and-coming. Ratking has fully arrived.
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date city state venue 12/18/2012 New York NY The Studio at Webster Hall