PRODUCED BY NAVY BLUE, FEATURING EARL SWEATSHIRT, MIKE, DUENDITA + MORE
OUT OCTOBER 1 VIA WIKISET ENTERPRISE
ACCLAIM FOR WIKI
No Mountains In Manhattan
FBi Radio Album of the Week
“The gap-toothed New York rapper behind
one of the year’s most innovative and exciting albums”
“A gifted storyteller above all”
The New Yorker
“Tight, diaristic raps and vignettes and grimy production”
“He doesn’t sound like anyone else”
Wiki announces his new album Half God – produced entirely by Navy Blue and due October 1st via Wiki’s own label Wikset Enterprise. Today he shares the new double single + video for ‘Roof / Remarkably’, LISTEN HERE, WATCH HERE.
With the new project, the NYC staple connects with Navy Blue, one of the most refreshing young, acclaimed rapper/producers to break out in recent years, for a project that pushes each of their talents to new heights. Wiki‘s storytelling as the city’s young OG has never been more vivid and Navy Blue’s production pushes further into every sonic corner he’s explored today, providing a perfect canvas for Wiki’s signature voice. The release marks Wiki‘s second full-length release of 2021 after releasing the Nah-produced Telephonebooth earlier this year.
Alongside revealing the release date of his new album, the NYC rapper also shares the announcement of an upcoming collaboration with the brand Warrior Shanghai, which will feature a customized merch line with sneakers, jerseys, t-shirts, and caps. The Warriors brand brings a classic, everyday life, hard-souled sense of style and functionality to the table in a way that connects with Wiki’s art, and upbringing. His collaboration with the brand was intended to pay homage to these characteristics, calling on Wiki to utilise an art project that began as a visual identity in the RATKING days: the Wiki Flag. The green and orange are derived from his mother’s Irish heritage, while set in the shape of the Puerto Rican flag to honour his paternal roots; two ancestries that, like Chinese, are vital to New York City culture and history.
Wiki is a fixture of New York City Hip Hop since 17 years old when he founded the boundary-defying group RATKING, whose aggressive style represented a new generation of city kids and artists, hungry for innovation and raw energy. The epicentre of the group as well as Wiki’s artistic expression through music and style was Chinatown, downtown NYC. RATKING’s breakout single was called ‘Canal‘ named after the iconic, bustling Chinatown street. Coming of age in the neighbourhood, living there for years while creating his solo albums, inevitably laced his music with the culture that permeates the singularly New York, Chinese neighbourhood. His song ‘Chinatown Swing‘ off his first LP No Mountains in Manhattan paints a picture of walking through the neighbourhood and the feelings and sites one encounters. When painting lyrical pictures of New York scenes one gets a sense of Wiki’s skill as a storyteller and visionary, alongside appearances on tracks with Skepta, Madlib, King Krule, Earl Sweatshirt, Run The Jewels, Blood Orange, Princess Nokia, A$AP Ferg, ZelooperZ and many more. He has solidified his role in carrying the torch for NYC’s master MC’s; representing the freaks, weirdos and underbelly culture.
Half God by Wiki
‘Roof‘ / Remarkably‘ is out now via Wikset Enterprise, buy/stream it here.
Not Today (Intro)
Can’t Do This Alone (ft. Navy Blue)
Never Fall Off
Drug Supplier (ft. Jesse James Solomon)
Wik Tha God
All I Need (ft. Earl Sweatshirt)
Gas Face (ft. Remy Banks)
The Promised (ft. MIKE)
Still Here (ft. duendita)