Since his first forays into music with Ratking: a project which deftly wove together New York city’s parallel histories of boom-bap rap and No Wave noise, Wiki (AKA Patrick Morales) has set course as an uncompromising eccentric; an artist who rallies under his own (Wiki) flag, leaving others to heed the call. Few rappers embody the spirit of New York City as much as Wiki does. With his debut solo album on XL Recordings, Wiki is committed to showing this new album off. His love letter to the city, ‘No Mountains in Manhattan’ is is the most New York-ass sounding rap record all year.
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, Earl Sweatshirt 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. True to the twin themes of Wiki and his city, the album features minimal guest contributions, electing to keep the focus zeroed in on Mr Morales himself. But, where they do pop up, Wiki keeps things close to home, abandoning the pond-crossing eclecticism of 2016’s Lil Me in order to shine a light on the NYC