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New York hip-hop’s tradition of dense sonic collages, pioneered by Public Enemy’s production team the Bomb Squad and maintained by Def Jux honcho El-P, is given a fresh spin by rap trio Ratking on their fine debut.

Booming bass and producer SportingLife’s messy layers of looped samples – jazz, Caribbean steel drums, stabbing tropical horns – mimic blaring city streets while rappers Hac and Wiki weave in and out of focus with murky, New York-centric verses.

Ratking

So It Goes

(HXC Recordings)

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