After releasing their first EP Wiki93 in 2012, Ratking took an almost-two-year hiatus to work on and release their 2014 debut album So It Goes. Comprised of members Wiki, Hak and Sporting Life, the New York natives have perfected their balance of raw energy, grimy beats and golden era hip-hop. Their debut album paints a vivid picture of the trio’s view of New York and how they mourn the changing city. But amidst Ratking’s palpable sorrow — something that could very well turn a listener off — the group’s youthful spirit shines through and pulls you right back in. You should expect a unbridled, high energy show where Ratking will probably have you at more than just nodding along.
Mon., Aug. 4, 9 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 30, 2014