RATKING, New York City’s fastest-rising new rap crew, will play their first proper headline show in NYC at The Studio at Webster Hall on Tuesday December 18th, 2012. The group, consisting of rappers Wiki and Hak, and producers Ramon and Sporting Life released their debut EP, wiki93 on Hot Charity/XL Recordings earlier this month.
“The clever, sardonic and intense hip-hop crew,” RATKING, exist as New York’s next great band. Like the Beastie Boys and Yeah Yeah Yeahs – local bands that came together as punks before developing into any sound they want – RATKING manage to mix youthful hardcore energy with pure, NY beats and rhymes in a post-hip-hop crew that could only exist in 2012. Visually, the group take influence from New York’s street culture history, working with Ari Marcopoulos, legendary photographer and filmmaker for the Beastie Boys.
Wiki, RATKING’s 18-year old frontman, grew up in Manhattan, playing Germs covers in his school music room (he has their motto NOGOD tattooed across his chest) in a band called the Homo-Thugs. At 13, he was was spotted in the audience by Wu Tang’s GZA and invited to come up onstage and perform, as GZA proclaimed “Wu-Tang is for the babies”. A star was born. Hot Charity/XL Recordings released RATKING’s debut EP wiki93 (produced entirely by Sporting Life) on November 6th.
December 18th at Studio at Webster Hall will be RATKING’s first live appearance in NYC since the record’s release. The show is open to patrons 16 or older, doors open at 7pm and tickets are available via Ticketweb.