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.