OOFIE is the second solo album from former Ratking and Secret Circle member Wiki, and one which ought to further boost his already impressive reputation. The New York-based rapper is joined by Denzel Curry and Lil Ugly Mane on the record’s lead single ‘Grim’, and the LP itself contains guest spots from Princess Nokia and Lansky Jones.
Vinyl LP £17.99 WIK003LP
LP on Wikset Enterprise.
CD £11.80 WIK003CD
CD on Wikset Enterprise.
Former Ratking and Secret Circle member Wiki returns with his second album ‘Oofie’, a record which boasts a wide-ranging appeal for all corners of the hip hop sphere. It asserts absorbing and experimental beats, expert lyricism and wordplay, an overarching hardcore East Coast feel, and a few elements of trap rap, grime and UK club sounds.
Wiki’s voice falls somewhere between each of the nasally raps of the Beastie Boys members combined, and the relaxed confidence of fellow Secret Circle expat Lil Ugly Mane and Action Bronson. He’s got charisma in ounces, delivering wordy flows which detail leaving major labels and finding his feet on his own imprint, and wrestling with getting older as a performer whilst memorialising the days he was making waves with Ratking. The instrumentals range from the grimy and gritty (‘Pesto’, ‘4 Clove Club’) relaxed, introspective pieces (‘Promises’), and dreamy psych-jazz (‘Freaks’). The guest-spots add a sense of variety, with each MC bringing out the best in the craft and persona. Princess Nokia’s culinary raps on ‘Dame Aqui’ are mouth-watering, whilst the squad cut ‘Grim’ with Denzel Curry and Lil Ugly Mane is a highlight which will make you want to hear a full album to see what this trio could offer in a full-length.
Wiki sits near the top of a pile of MCs who can channel the old-school and the new, the experimental and the traditional, the hardcore and the introspective, and regional styles with sounds from over the pond. ‘Oofie’ is an exceptionally listenable record which will leave you wanting to replay it a few times within the same week.
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