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For all the millennials out there, Ratking's So It Goes is the album we've all been waiting for since 2012's Wiki93 EP. The New York based hip-hop trio of 20-something rappers - Patrick 'Wiki' Morales and Hak, and 32-year-old producer Sporting Life - redefine what it truly means to be a noise-rap group in 2014. As soon as listeners press play, the opening track '*' sets the bar with a spoken word introduction about the future of hip-hop and rap within the current generation.

Critics have acclaimed So It Goes as "a portrait of modern-day New York City," and this might be the most accurate statement to describe it yet. If someone asked me to describe the vibe of New York, I would tell them to listen to So It Goes without hesitation. For me, listening to this album was like drinking a hot beverage before you let it cool off first - burning your tongue as it goes down. Only in this scenario the wounds are inflicted internally as all 11 tracks go in deep and hit hard.

'Snow Beach' gets the realest with lead MC Wiki questioning the identity of New Yorkers behind a smooth jazz instrumental for a solid six minutes. The outro of 'Remove Ya' contains a disturbing freestyle from a female vocalist who sings, "NYPD miney-mo/ Catch a black boy by his sole/ Hang him, put him up for show/ Take him down, keep up the roll."

The grimy verses like this keep listeners in check, a reminder that as glitzy and glamorous as New York can be, it is city built under people that have fallen through the cracks of a system that seeps into discrimination, racism and poverty. Ratking exposes the line between fantasy and reality, uncovering the façade perpetuated by American society, media and government.

Unfortunately, 'So Sick Stories' doesn't cut it for me. The King Krule supported track doesn't live up to the hype and to be perfectly honest, it's a bit of a snoozer song, almost too chill for it's own good. (Definitely crank it up if you're feeling some type of way and want to stay in for an evening and reflect by yourself.) Other artists featured on the album include Wavy Spice/Princess Nokia ('Puerto Rican Jude') and Salamon Faye ('Take').

Ratking make a lot of noise from the underground, but they keep your attention above the surface because you want to hear what the group has to say next. They share the raw experience of living in the city, from Harlem to Brooklyn to Manhattan, and they keep it 100. Despite the darkness, there is some light at the end of this tunnel because at long last, a new rap crew that authentically represents New York has emerged, and they do it in a way that feels organic. So It Goes leaves a refreshing aftertaste on the musical palette and feeds the masses a full course of east coast education.

Regardless of what part of the concrete jungle they originally came from, Ratking is New York born and bred, and this album proves it.

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