New York rapper Wiki rose to relative underground fame as one third of one the most unique rap groups that I’ve ever heard, RATKING, who are a Flatbush trio that also consists of producer Sporting Life and rapper/singer Hak. While the group have been on a hopefully temporary hiatus, Wiki has been working on his solo career by releasing a critically acclaimed mixtape “Lil’ Me” in 2015, aswell as a collaborative EP with fellow New York rapper Your Old Droog earlier this year.
Following a new record deal with independent label XL Recordings, Wiki has finally released his full length debut studio album “No Mountains in Manhattan”. On first listen I’m seriously impressed with the album, though it might not be as groundbreaking as the music he was making with RATKING, it definitely shows his growth and ability to succeed as a solo artist. With production from Tony Seltzer, Sporting Life, Earl Sweatshirt, Kaytranada, the sound stays true to the city he’s from for the most part, and he’s even managed to bag himself a Ghostface feature to top it all off.
Listen to the album below on Spotify, or find it on Apple Music also.