Since discovering Wiki through his group Ratking, the talented New York-based rapper has been someone I’ve been a massive fan of. His music always evokes a sense of nostalgia for me, and transports me to what I imagine life in New York would be and sound like. His 2015 debut solo mixtape Lil Me and his 2017 debut album No Mountains in Manhattan really picture the sound of New York so well to me, that I’ve always returned to his music. His sophomore album OOFIE is an interesting step for the young MC, who still ponders about life in New York, with honest and visceral raps that are backed by heavier, trap-influenced production.
The singles “Pesto” and “Grim” featuring Lil Ugly Mane & Denzel Curry are highlights on the album, with him flowing effortlessly over both, with the menacing beat on the former being one of my favourites on the album. “4 Clove Club” is a hard-hitting track that sees Wiki delve into personal lyricism about making it and trying to navigate through the complicated life around him. The gorgeously Sadhugold produced “Way That I Am” featuring Your Old Droog is another fantastic cut, as both emcees talk about what defines them and their identity. “Promises” featuring Duendita is a reflective cut, as Wiki’s honest lyricism shines through, bringing a relatable energy to the record. While I don’t feel this album is as cinematic as No Mountains in Manhattan (this album had truly mesmeric production and woozy, jazz-heavy tonalities throughout, something I didn’t get as much of on OOFIE), it’s still a profound and honest body of work reflecting Wiki’s state of mind and true artistry. It’s a quality album and it’s great seeing Wiki’s continuous growth as an artist because he deserves his shine.
Listen to Wiki’s brand new album OOFIE below via Spotify and don’t forget to support! Released through his very own label Wikset Ltd.