Ratking Release Surprise EP 700 Fill Via Bit Torrent

Experimental hip-hop trio Ratking dropped a surprise EP called 700 Fill today via the even more surprising conduit of BitTorrent. The number of Brooklyn millenials who install BitTorrent today will probably be close to the company’s current user base. It’s not No Love Deep Web, but for musicians to willingly work with a torrent client is a subversive act in itself, and I love how tongue-in-cheek it is. Composed of rappers Wiki (Patrick Morales), Hak (Hakeem Lewis) and producer Sporting Life (Eric Adiele), Ratking’s debut album So It Goes came out last year via XL’s imprint Hot Charity. 700 Fill is the follow-up, and it features Remy Banks of World’s Fair, the anime-mystic female rapper Princess Nokia, Despot, Slickyboy, and Teddy.

Along with nine new songs and instrumentals, the trio included a video by Ari Marcopoulos called “700 Drop” in the free bundle. In case you were wondering what 700 Fill means, it refers to a type of North Face jacket, specifically the amount of goose down included. Listen to the beginning of album opener “American Gods” and the end of track six “Lenape Lane” to catch shout outs to the tape’s name, and “Steep Tech” for yet another meditation on the importance of jacket types. Given the eternal winter New York has been draped in, Ratking’s fixation on outerwear couldn’t feel more timely; it’s also a jump from the morbid Kurt Vonnegut allusion of their last release’s title.

Of course, 700 Fill mostly concerns itself with NYC, and the beats are woozy, chilling skeletons that occasionally gobble up jazzy brass or the twinkling synthesizers that Sporting Life seems to prefer. Wiki and Hak rap with just as much alacrity and acidic quickness as they did on So It Goes, cementing their place as leaders of New York’s next generation of rap. Download it here.

Check out the full list of their tour dates below:
03/03 Brooklyn, NY @ Palisades
03/04 New York, NY @ Webster Hall Marlin Room
03/05 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
03/06 Toronto, CA @ Studio Bar
03/07 Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
03/08 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
03/09 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
03/12 Vancouver, BC @ Korean Hall
03/13 Portland, OR @ Star Theater
03/14 Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
03/16 Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s
03/17 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
03/19 Fresno, CA @ Strummers
03/20 Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
05/24 Bristol, UK @ Loves Saves the Day
05/25 Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera (Opening Party @ Apolo)
05/29 Berlin, Germany @ Berlin Festival
05/30 Mullingar, Ireland @ Life Festival
05/31 Nimes, France @ This in Not a Love Song
06/05 Athens, Greece @ Plissken Festival
06/06 London, UK @ Field Day
06/07 Suffolk, UK @ Boom Bap Festival
07/01 Roskilde, Denmark @ Roskilde Festival
08/21 Tondheim, Norway @ Pstereo
08/28 Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival
08/30 Reading, UK @ Reading Festival