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Ratking - "Canal"

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New York hip hop trio Ratking drops a new track, and announces the release of their forthcoming album So It Goes. The LP is looking at an April 8th release date. From the looks of the tracklist, it seems King Krule will be appearing on the record as well! It would seem the previously mentioned "100" isn't going to be making the cut, though. Regardless, I'm expecting a grimy release from these guys that'll far surpass the EP they dropped a while back. Enjoy!

Ratking - "100"

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NYC rap group Ratking has dropped a dazzling new video and single, "100." It looks as though since the release of last year's Wiki93 EP,  the outfit has matured and refined its glitchy modern take on old-school New York hip hop to the point that "100" is not only their best song to date, but arguably one of the most enjoyable hip hop tracks to drop all year. Watch the accompanying psychedelic music video above and enjoy!

Ratking x Eric Copeland - "Gauchos"

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Well, here's a collaboration that's totally from out of left-field. New York rap group Ratking has teamed up with New York noise musician Eric Copeland (of Black Dice fame) for Converse's upcoming Cons EP Vol. 1. Because Copeland has been moving towards a slightly more accessible style of twisted, psychedelic electronica; the result certainly doesn't approach Death Grips', clipping.'s, or Young Fathers levels of abrasion. Still, what we get is a choppy and colorful piece of alternative hip hop that manages to come off very catchy and very cool. Chill listening!

Ratking- Wiki93


Though New York's up and coming Ratking comes through with a lot of energy, and a pretty grimy sound, the hip hop quartet doesn't show a lot of prowess when it comes to focus and songwriting. I'm not that disheartened, though. From what I can tell, it seems like they're explorative nature will lead them into interesting musical territories.


RATKING- "Comic"

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Experimental hip hop outfit RATKING have a new EP out titled WIKI93, and it's out via XL Recordings. I'm loving the mix of influences coming through on this track. There are elements of glitchy electronica, noise, and grime flowing through the track "Comic." Groups like Death Grips are an obvious comparison, but RATKING's aggression feels more like some punk enthusiasm rather than a dangerous mental illness. All comparisons aside, there's a lot to dig about this track. There's plenty of energy, details in the instrumental, and a gritty aesthetic.