New York underground rap/production is getting very heavy and Yung Gutted is leading the way with a torch in his hand. The release of the 3rd installment of his Internet Graveyard collection continues to punish your speakers and push the boundaries of bass heavy beats. Gutted holds nothing back this time enlisting Topprraaa and CZARQUAN of Jaguar Pyramids, Wiki of Ratking and Carlos Hernandez of Ava Luna to add vocal textures over his production while showcasing he truly knows how to stay dirty. I highly encourage you to go out and purchase a subwoofer at a store near you for yourself but also to capture the raw power of his ear because Hernandez will not be slowing down anytime soon. The web is full of tombstones and Gutted is responsible for a vast majority of them.
Yesterday, Teklife’s DJ Earl released his festive, four song Reggie Sackz EP. The EP, which premiered on Vice’s electronic music specific channel THUMP, features three more traditional footwork tracks as well as this gem featuring Ratking’s Wiki. It’s not often you hear people spit full verses over footwork tracks, but Wiki tackles the challenge with ease. “Grind” has an inherently New York-like vibe and almost sounds like a spiced up, Ratking track. Could this be the start of a trend of underground rappers flowing over footwork? I sure as hell hope so.
You can peep the rest of DJ Earl’s Reggie Sackz EP below.
New York’s underground rap scene is grimier than ever which is showcased through the development of the new rap group JAGUAR PYRAMIDS. JAGUAR PYRAMIDS consists of Czarquan,Topprraaa and Yung Gutted who have all associated themselves with the darker, hard hitting side of rap for awhile now. Their self-titled debut is brutal, heavy and consistently guides you through growls and 808s unmatched by a lot of the scene. With “Fill Em In” JAGUAR PYRAMIDS is joined by Wiki of Ratking who dropped 700 Fill earlier this year which although is an album cut from a similar fabric 700 Fill a little more dreamy than JAGUAR PYRAMIDS. Yung Gutted is a producer that’s been on the rise for about 3 years now and has not pulled the reigns in on his flattening production. The man seems to be set on blowing as many speakers that aren’t ready for him as he can and is doing an incredible job at it. This new collaboration is put together very well and worth is worth the purchase on their bandcamp. New York is definitely not dead.
NYC rapper Wiki of the trio RATKING dropped his first solo mixtape entitled “Lil Me” yesterday, which comes nearly three years after putting out his debut solo EP 1993. The 18 track tape dominantly features production from RATKING’s Sporting Life with guest producers Madlib, Kaytranada, Sykwlkr, Harry Fraud and many more. The tape is also littered with awesome guest verses from the likes of Skepta, Antwon, RATKING’s Hak, and Jesse James Solomon. Lil Me is at times as punk as much of RATKING’s music but mostly forms its own soulful core. The production stands out on this tape, but it’s impossible to say it does more so than Wiki’s seamlessly effortless rapping. At just 22 years old, the Irish/Puerto Rican grit king from Manhattan has seemed to have mastered the art of spitting fat rhymes through his character fitting busted front teeth. The widely overlooked RATKING debut So It Goes features tons of material old heads would cream to, so feel free to get one to shut up by showing them that or Lil Me. Wiki may not be one of the best rappers out (though I would disagree), but he’s making better music than a lot of the others people would place in front of him.
Wiki of New York’s Ratking linked with Detroit producer Black Milk for the single “Hate Is Earned.” The track is raw and pure funk, Wiki makes being the recipient of hate sound like a badge in this short track of fire. He promises more Wiki is coming soon.
“Any hate man, I won
I take it in like the sun
It’s like vitamin D to me
The hate make me a deity.”