Ugh, don't bother trying to keep up with all the precocious rap talent coming out of New York. Four piece Harlem crew, Ratking, are just the latest in a run of exciting artists coming out of the city.
Their debut EP, 1993, which immediately had rap backpacker nerds sniffing round them, has conveniently disappeared from the internetz, and reappeared sounding A LOT glossier. No surprise then to learn that XL Recording's imprint, Hot Charity, picked up on them and will be officially (re?!) releasing it in November. Smooth move guys, smooth move.
Anyway, if you're not already au fait with this cut, frontman Wiki ushers us in with an on-a-soapbox-like introduction, over a jerking, stoner beat before it shifts into an unashamedly dusty hip-hop track. It's the kind of thing I would say is "dope" if it didn't just make me sound like a dick with an estuary English accent.
2013: A Year In Which Some Music Happened
A year’s art starts on Day One of the new year. If we don’t quantify it somehow by December, who are we as a people and what is our worth?
If R. Kelly Makes Us So Uncomfortable, Why Do We Keep Listening?
This is art we're talking about, and it's as real as you allow it to be.
Britney Spears: Capitalism's Last Stand
At last, the Queen has found her domain.
The Real Rick Ross Stands Up
We met with the ex-crack kingpin, who told us stories from his drug dealing days and gave us an exclusive excerpt from his upcoming autobiography.
Sorry, Dudes. The Ladies Won Punk This Year.
These are the women who kicked a particularly large amount of ass in 2013.
2013: The Most OK Year Ever
Kitty Pryde reflects on her sort of shitty, sort of amazing 2013.
Cam'ron is Still Harlem's Diplomat
We met with the Golden Boy and spoke wi
YG: Krazy, Sexy, Kool
As he readies his debut studio album, the Cali rapper talks about just how krazy his life is.
When Kellz Freezes Over
We flew down to Atlanta to interview R. Kelly. Like everything in the world of Kellz, nothing went as planned, but it still felt right.
Frank Turner Dragged Me to the Weirdest Show I've Ever Been to
Sometimes you end up at interactive dance parties in Brooklyn basements with cat people.