Ratking (group)

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Ratking
Also known as Artking
Origin New York City, New York, United States
Genres Hip hop
Years active 2011−2015 (on hiatus)
Labels
Associated acts
Website ratkingnyc.com
Members
Past members
  • Racerra
  • Ramon
  • Hak

Ratking (stylized as RATKING) is an American hip hop group formed in New York City, New York in 2011. They are currently signed to HXC Recordings and XL Recordings.

History[edit]

They released their debut EP Wiki93 in November 2012.[1] It was based on 1993, an earlier mixtape produced solely by Wiki,[2][3] which he released in October 2011.[4] 1993 was inspired by Suicide and Wu-Tang Clan.[4] The group were signed by British label XL Recordings following 1993, and they re-released it as Wiki93 through their Hot Charity imprint.[5]

They released their debut album So It Goes in 2014.[6] It was produced by Sporting Life and engineered by Young Guru.[5] The album's title was inspired by Kurt Vonnegut's novel Slaughterhouse-Five.[2][7] The album featured collaborations with King Krule, Salomon Faye, and Princess Nokia.[6]

They have performed with Skepta and toured with Death Grips, and Earl Sweatshirt,[6] as well as Run the Jewels and Despot.[2]

In January 2015 the group announced that their second album 700 Fill would be released in January or February 2015.[2] It was released for free via BitTorrent in March 2015.[8]

On June 21, 2016, Hak announced his departure from Ratking, citing no ill feelings towards Wiki and Sporting Life, but saying the reason for his departure was feeling like he was being left out of the group and wanting to branch out into new possibilities with his music and art.[9] Though, the same day, Wiki posted two vaguely cryptic tweets on his Twitter account possibly aimed towards Hak and his departure, saying "Ima make it clear. Bridges burnt are bridges burnt," and "The amount of times this dude fucked me over..." [10][11] Also on the same day, amid rumors that Ratking had officially broken up, it was confirmed that Ratking would continue as a duo with Wiki and Sporting Life.[12]

Musical style[edit]

Their music has been described as "left-field hip-hop",[2] and the group themselves have stated they wish to reinvent rap music.[13] In addition to being inspired by rap and hip hop, the group has also been inspired by punk rock, and has "many and diverse influences, from Animal Collective to Suicide."[1] Wiki's solo EP 1993, later re-released as Wiki93, was inspired by Suicide and Wu-Tang Clan.[4]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with year released
Title Album details
So It Goes
  • Released: April 8, 2014
  • Label: HXC
  • Formats: digital download, CD

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with year released
Title Album details
Wiki93
  • Released: November 2, 2012
  • Label: HXC
  • Formats: digital download
700-Fill
  • Released: March 4, 2015
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: digital download

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
US R&B
US Rap
"Pretty Picture" 2012 Wiki93
"Comic"
"Piece of S**t" 2013
"100" non-album single
"Canal" 2014 So It Goes
"So It Goes"
"So Sick Stories"
(featuring King Krule)
"Cocoa '88"
"Snow Beach" 2015
"Arnold Palmer" 700-Fill

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Wiki - Rapper (2011−present)
  • Sporting Life - Record producer, rapper (2011−present)

Former members[edit]

  • Racerra - Record producer (2011−2012)
  • Ramon - Record producer (2012−2014)
  • Hak - Rapper, singer, record producer (2011−2016)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Paul Lester (October 1, 2012). "New band of the week: Ratking". The Guardian. Retrieved January 10, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Prashanth Kamalakanthan (November 24, 2014). "RATKING: Gritty, Grimy Hip-Hop That Totally Grows on You". Mother Jones. Retrieved January 10, 2015. 
  3. ^ Ruth Saxelby (January 8, 2013). "King Krule selects Ratking". Dazed Digital. Retrieved January 10, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c Insanul Ahmed (March 28, 2012). "Who Is Wiki?". Complex. Retrieved January 10, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Cole Rachel (April 22, 2014). "Ratking: Here Is New York". The Fader. Retrieved January 10, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c Sam Wolfson (April 11, 2014). "Ratking: 'We're a rap group but we want to be part of the culture of punk'". The Guardian. Retrieved January 10, 2015. 
  7. ^ Jackson Connor (March 27, 2014). "Spring Arts Guide: The Once and Future Ratking". Village Voice. Retrieved January 10, 2015. 
  8. ^ "NYC rap crew Ratking release surprise album 700 Fill on BitTorrent". FACTmag. March 5, 2015. Retrieved March 8, 2015. 
  9. ^ i-d.vice.com/en_us/article/hak-on-life-after-ratking-and-his-sweaty-new-solo-album
  10. ^ "patrick WIKI morales on Twitter". 
  11. ^ "patrick WIKI morales on Twitter". 
  12. ^ "Hak Leaves Ratking - XXL". 
  13. ^ John Calvert (January 15, 2013). ""We don't need hip-hop artists, we need thinkers willing to take chances": New XL signings Ratking plot the reinvention of rap". FACTmag. Retrieved March 8, 2015. 

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