Today, New York City’s Wiki has shared a new track ‘Elixir’ out now via XL Recordings / Remote Control Records. ‘Elixir’ sees Wiki taking a new direction, encompassing sounds from across the globe with a track that features two of London’s most exciting voices, Obongjayar and JJ (Jesse James Solomon), giving fans a glimpse of what to expect from new music in 2019.
Wiki says “I’ve known Jesse for the longest. He’s one of my oldest friends out in London. We had this song together for a minute and reached out to Obongjayar to bring it to the next level.”
‘Elixir’ is produced by Felix Joseph, aka ProducedbyFelix, and follows Wiki’s recent one-off song ‘In The Park’ featuring Gloss Gang, which marks a new chapter for Wiki after touring the world in support of his critically-acclaimed New York opus No Mountains in Manhattan.
Wiki‘s long-standing connection to London dates back to his relationship with King Krule, with whom he has been collaborating with since 2012. His admiration for the city has been evident since then — featuring on the US remix of Skepta‘s hit ‘That’s Not Me,’ bridging the gap for the grime star to establish a foothold in America, in addition to his collaborations with UK artists from veterans like Suspect, to up-and-coming talents like JJ, both of whom have been featured on recent releases from Wiki.
ANNOUNCES FIRST EVER SOLO SYDNEY & MELBOURNE SHOWS FOR JAN/FEB
Frontier Touring and I OH YOU are stoked to announce that New York City rap prodigy Wiki will head Down Under for two special headline shows at Sydney’s The Lansdowne and Melbourne’s The Toff this summer.
Wiki returns to Australia for the first time in three years, last on our shores in 2015 with his former rap outfit Ratking for slots at Laneway Festival and headline shows in Melbourne and Sydney.
Formed in Harlem in 2011 when Wiki was just 18 years old, Ratking signed to XL Recordings and went on to perform with Skepta and tour alongside Death Grips, Earl Sweatshirt and Run the Jewels.
Since Ratking’s split in 2016, Wiki has rapidly grown as a solo artist, garnering a massive following worldwide and collaborating with the likes of King Krule, Princess Nokia and A$AP Ferg, and in December 2015 put out his debut solo album Lil Me (out now through Letter Racer Records) to rave reviews:
‘The sooty atmosphere, the complex rhyme structure, the tactile combination of claustrophobia and swagger: New York rap is a religion in decline. That makes Wiki’s devoted practice of it all the more striking… he’s pure texture: His voice is raspy and nasal, and he clusters his syllables tight, as if huddling under a large coat in cold weather.’ – The New York Times
In August of this year Wiki put out his second solo album No Mountains in Manhattan (out now through XL Recordings). Featuring collaborations with Earl Sweatshirt, Kaytranada and Ghostface Killa, the LP has received critical praise and is being heralded as Wiki’s most cohesive and diverse body of work to date.
‘No Mountains doesn’t reinvent New York rap, it buries itself in it.’ – Pitchfork
‘His love letter to the city, No Mountains in Manhattan is the most New York-ass sounding rap record all year.. No Mountains in Manhattan is Wiki’s best project yet.’ – Pigeons and Planes
This may be your only chance to see Wiki command the stage in such intimate venues. Don’t miss out on seeing this poetic master in his debut solo Australian visit this January/February.
JANUARY – FEBRUARY 2018
Frontier Touring, I OH YOU & Thank Guard
WIKI Drops new album No Mountains In Manhattan Shares video for ‘Mayor’
After sharing the video for new track ‘Mayor‘ yesterday, Wiki is back today to release his debut No Mountains in Manhattan. Out now via XL Recordings / Remote Control Records, the album features fellow New York natives, both legend and novice, including Ghostface Killah, Lakutis, ACAB, Slicky Boy, Your Old Droog and more. Production credits include Ratking’s Sporting Life, Tony Seltzer,Kaytranada, EarlSweatshirt, and Wiki himself.
No Mountains in Manhattan is a journey through the trials and tribulations of a coming to age experience in New York’s most populated borough. Entirely crafted in XL’s New York City studio, the album is New York to the core – featuring local emcees, from legend to novice. While Wiki’s 2015 mixtape,Lil Me, was a snapshot into the youthful energy of an artist on the brink of adulthood, No Mountains in Manhattan finds the now 23-year-old artist facing his demons head on as he tackles topics such as addiction, relationships, identity, and responsibility.No Mountains in Manhattan is an introspective narrative of Wiki’s life over the past year – a narrative that all young adults can relate to – a journey of peaks and valleys, of loss and gain, with a conclusion of understanding.
Stream / Download Wiki – No Mountains In Manhattanvia
Wiki – ‘Mayor’
Wiki – No Mountains in Manhattan
3. Pretty Bull
4. Made For This ft. Ghostface Killah
5. Chinatown Swing
6. Litt 15 ft. Your Old Droog
7. Face It
8. Stick Ball
10. Pandora’s Box ft. Evy Jane
11. Wiki New Written
13. Nutcrackers ft. Lakutis
14. Baby Girl
15. NMIM ft. ACAB, Slicky Boy
16. Leppy Coqui
Today, New York City based rapper Wiki is back with a new song ‘Pretty Bull,’ available everywhere now via XL Recordings / Remote Control. The music video for ‘Pretty Bull,’ directed by Ben Solomon, sees Wiki in his element at home in downtown Manhattan, surrounded by friends for a party at the local bodega.
Over the weekend Wiki, known for his role in Ratking, made his Glastonbury debut, an electrifying performance which saw Wiki joined by Suspect OTB, Jesse James Solomon and Skepta, who’s ‘That’s Not Me’ remix Wiki guested on in 2014. Skepta ran over after his own show to join Wiki on stage to perform ‘God Bless Me’ from Wiki’s debut mixtape Lil Me.