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We’re finally at that point in our relationship with Wiki that he’s starting to let us in. Where in Ratking, he and Hak bewitched us with visceral depictions of graffiti and skateboarding life from Harlem to Coney, now he’s solo and waxing philosophic. In No Mountains in Manhattan, Wiki tells us how he really feels about everything from publicists to systemic racism. He’s never preachy, and his flow is that perfect meld of NYC street style and afro-futurism. The premier video “Mayor” shows him campaigning the streets dispersing “WIKI for Mayor” stickers while he asserts his indelible connection to his NYC fam. Whether he wins against the incumbent or not, he certainly reigns supreme over the world he creates for us with his expert rhymes.
Having released a collaborative EP (and more) this year, New York rappers Your Old Droog and Wiki will co-headline the next BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show, with a collab set and individual solo sets (backed by DJ Edan).
The lineup for the 2017 edition of MoMA PS1’s annual Warm-Up series has been announced. This year’s includes Roni Size, A$AP Ferg, John Maus, Moor Mother, Evian Christ, SOPHIE, Show Me the Body, Daphni (aka Caribou’s Dan Snaith) and lots more…
The lineup for Danish music festival Roskilde Festival has been released, and features a lot of the big names to be seen at other festivals this summer. The main headliners are Foo Fighters, A Tribe Called Quest, Arcade Fire, Justice, Moderat/Modeselektor, Solange, Trentemoller, The Weeknd, and The XX…
UK R&B singer Jamie Isaac released his debut album Couch Baby last year, and this year he’s releasing a “revisited” version of the album, which features a new version of “Cnt U See” with Wiki and Denzel Curry, a Sporting Life remix of “Beauty” featuring Allan Kingdom, and a new version of “Find The Words” with Salomon Faye. It also features a cover of Alicia Keys‘ “Un-thinkable” which you can stream…
The 2016 Central Park Summerstage shows are underway, and a very cool ticketed rap show is happening this month. It’s presented by Mass Appeal, and hosted by Nas (who founded Mass Appeal Records), and it goes down July 25 with a stacked lineup…
The Hopscotch Music Festival returns in 2016 to various Raleigh, NC venues from September 8-10. The lineup is impressive as always, with Television, Wolf Parade, Converge, Baroness, Yob, Tribulation, Erykah Badu, Young Thug, Sylvan Esso, Vince Staples, Anderson Paak, Beach House, Beach Slang, Andrew Bird, Cobalt, Downtown Boys, Julien Baker, Quilt, Lambchop, Lavender Country, Big Freedia, Wiki, Kelela, The Snails (members of Future Islands), Car Seat Headrest, Eric Bachmann, Japanese Breakfast and more…
Underwater Sound | photo by Samuel Markey Photography
Down Under: The Underwater Sounds take on Underground Arts for the last time tonight. The Philly reggae group has been together playing shows in the area for around six years now, so do not miss this last chance to see them. Everyone who attends the show will receive a copy of Visions Of Love And Light Part II. Also performing will be The Snails and The Rosemary Fiki Band. For more info, check out the link here.
Up until a few years ago, many NYC "indie" venues didn’t book hip hop acts – it still happens in many Manhattan ones. DIY Brooklyn has always being more open to the genre, so much so that this year Bushwick spot Aviv booked a bill of mostly local hip hop artists for their New Years Eve party (together with noisy avant-punk trio Show Me the Body, which isn’t completely foreign to the genre). Wiki (of Ratking) will headline the night with a solo set, which – knowing the character and his talent – is bound to be entertaining. He ...