"On an island trying to peep the horizon from the highest peak in the sky and Puerto Rico, Ireland, Manhattan chimed in by him every place i been.
Give you a taste of the pace on this Island, little giant, little defiant Really a riot spew the saliva lived with the jews man a Upper West Sider Mixed in the stew and he tired" - Islander
In 2009 Patrick 'Wiki' Morales, a Puerto Rican-Irish mutt teenager, was looking to explore beyond his born neighborhood of the intellectually rich, culturally diverse area of the Upper West Side of Manhattan. And like every kid his age, Wiki was itching to explore the underbelly of the island - downtown Manhattan. It's a migration that's cultivated the 23-year-old young rapper we know today: an authentic New York City analyst who has become the voice of a generation, making Wiki one in a million.
Out of the dark, damp basements and hot crowded galleries of downtown Manhattan, is where Ratking defied the odds and began to sprout. Through the guidance of downtown creatives Aaron Bondaroff and Ari Marcopoulos and like-minded outsiders, Wiki, Sporting Life, Hak formed Ratking soon releasing 'Wiki93' (2012) and 'So It Goes' (2014). Released to rave reviews, Ratking catapulted into a world of local underground success, proving to a new generation of hip hop listeners that the rules of the past can be broken albeit with respect. Out of Ratking grew new genres of hip hop, a resurgence in DIY production and a shrewd lyricist in Wiki, whose youthful observations of Manhattan's chaotic ecosystem were extraordinary.
No longer under the protective shelter of adolescence, Wiki accepted his destiny and stepped out on his own. Using the lessons of his collective efforts with Ratking, Wiki took on adulthood and independence within Lil Me, his 2015 mixtape on Letter Racer. Tackling issues of life on the road, coming of age in Manhattan, first loves, bad blood, and all the emotional reckoning in between the two extremes. Bringing on board old friends - producer Alex Epton, Sporting Life, King Krule - and experimenting with some new ones too - Skepta, Kaytranada, Black Mack - Wiki stepped out and up on Lil Me turning to himself, instead of Manhattan, to be the protagonist of his first solo effort.
In 2015 Wiki retreated to XL Recordings downtown Manhattan studio to
start work on his first, official album 'No Mountains In Manhattan'.
During the year and a half process, Wiki worked with past contributors and the team naturally around him, to focus on creating a new sound for his beloved city. To drive at the intended goal, Wik consciously called upon three generations of New York MCs in Ghostface Killa, Your Old Droog, Slicky Boy and ACAB as the only guest verses. To correlate with the perspectives of the city, Tony Seltzer, KAYTRANADA, Sporting Life, Earl Sweatshirt, Alex Epton and others worked along with Wiki to provide a variety of sounds that speak to the chaotic atmosphere of the city itself.
'No Mountains In Manhattan' is Patrick 'Wiki' Morales thesis on present day Manhattan. Provided by his studies of the streets of his city. Illuminated by the hyperbole of his imagination. A bibliography filled with names from the community that nurtured him. Bringing to life the sounds of his city that give pulse to the cast of characters that give Manhattan it's soul, 'No Mountains In Manhattan' demonstrates that Wiki is the city's bard, telling the stories of now to be heard by generations to come.
28 Feb, 2019
Wiki teases with a visual for new track 'Cheat Code', produced by Tony Seltzer and taken from his forthcoming album.
14 Sep, 2018
Wiki's track 'In The Park' featuring Gloss Gang is featured in Pitchfork.
04 Sep, 2018
Wiki's 'No Mountains In Manhattan' features in Pitchfork's list of the 'Top 20 Rap Albums of 2017'.
15 Jul, 2018
Wiki shares a new video to accompany 'Litt 15' featuring fellow New Yorker Your Old Droog.
Taken from Wiki's 'No Mountains in Manhattan' available now on XL Recordings
21 Feb, 2018
Wiki releases two new tracks through Spotify, 'Hands Out' & 'Ballin on the Low' feature Suspect & Antwon.
04 Nov, 2017
Wiki presents the new video for 'Stickball', taken from his album 'No Mountains In Manhattan', out now on XL Recordings.
26 Oct, 2017
See Wiki interviewed by puppies in Pigeons & Planes.
04 Aug, 2017
Wiki teams up with Faze Miyake, for a freestyle on the 'Warm Up Sessions' for SBTV.
19 Jul, 2017
Wiki recently wrapped up a tour of New York's five boroughs, with a performance at Nuyorican Poets Cafe in Manhattan. During that July 16th show he announced that his new album is called 'No Mountains In Manhattan' and will be out soon.
A press release from XL Recordings today, July 18th, confirms that the Ratking rapper will release his first album on the label. A release date is not available at the time of writing but the album is described as, "a journey through the trials and tribulations of a coming to age experience in New York's most populated borough."
28 Jun, 2017
Wiki's new single 'Pretty Bull' is released on XL Recordings, and premiered at The Fader.