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Ratking: "Wikispeaks"

By Jo Fuertes-Knight

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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.

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