Chicago! A triple threat, emerging Hip-Hop lineup is featured at this month’s Red Bull Sound Select. Curated by Empty Bottle Presents, and with performances by Ratking (NYC), Fat Tony (Houston), & Antwon (Bay Area) the show is essentially a sampling of the current US alternative Hip-Hop scene.
Headliners Ratking released their debut LP So It Goes (XL) back in ’14, and followed up earlier this year with the free BitTorrent project 700 Fill. With a sonic & lyrical aesthetic which draws inspiration from the grit and grime of NYC streets, group members Wiki, Hak, & Sporting Life are relentlessly rough around the edges and are all the better for it. Or as Sporting Life puts it: “This is New York as soon as you walk out of your doorstep.” The group has performed / recorded with Run The Jewels, King Krule, Despot, & Earl Sweatshirt, and have been touring the world since last year. A Lolla appearance is on the horizon, but this intimate Chicago headline set just might be the better way to experience their music.
Get familiar with their latest release 700 Fill & the Ad Rock (Beastie Boys) remix for “Canal” at the links below. & If you’re in the Chicagoland area on July 23rd, be sure to RSVP here for discount entry now!