Beastie Boy Ad-Rock Remixes Canal By Harlem’s Emerging Crew Ratking (Audio)

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Harlem, New York’s Ratking is one of the Hip-Hop group’s thriving in 2014, beneath the mainstream radar. The trio of Wiki, Hak, and Sporting Life have risen through the ranks throughout the last two years, dating back to the Wiki93 EP. The group balances an appreciation for the ’90s’ rawness, especially in NYC folklore, with a Punk-inspired delivery and aesthetic. The group’s 2014 album, So It Goes, was released on XL Recordings (Gil Scott-Heron, Tyler, The Creator, and M.I.A.).

Building their base without cosigns, the group teamed with Beastie Boys’ co-founder Ad-Rock to remix their album’s second song, “Canal.” Ad-Rock, who previously remixed and produced under the alias of 41 Small Stars, has been a longtime producer on The Beasties’ material, alongside producer Mario C. The “Canal” Remix bridges the gap, and shows why in a NYC Hip-Hop group so hard to pin down in the 2010s, there really only may one inspiration/influence that makes perfect sense…

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