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How Wiki Found the Inner Peace Needed to Make His New Album ‘Half God’ – Rolling Stone

Summary

Despite being only 27-years-old, Patrick “Wiki” Morales is something of an OG in terms of New York hip-hop. As a teenager, he and the members of the group Ratking made waves in the city’s rap scene for their youthful energy and flair for sonic experimentation. Even then, Wiki stood out as a preternaturally gifted young MC, delivering nimble, tongue-twisting bars in a quintessentially New York — or, rather, “New Yawk” — register. The Manhattan native raps with a palpable love for…….

Despite being only 27-years-old, Patrick “Wiki” Morales is something of an OG in terms of New York hip-hop. As a teenager, he and the members of the group Ratking made waves in the city’s rap scene for their youthful energy and flair for sonic experimentation. Even then, Wiki stood out as a preternaturally gifted young MC, delivering nimble, tongue-twisting bars in a quintessentially New York — or, rather, “New Yawk” — register. The Manhattan native raps with a palpable love for his city and much of his work since becoming a solo act is fueled by a perspective born in the five boroughs. He even declared himself the mayor on his aptly titled 2017 album, No Mountains in Manhattan. 

These days, Wiki channels the perspective of a lifelong New Yorker, both hardened by a city in constant flux, and centered in his own sense of community. On the rapper’s latest album Half God, Wiki is as concerned with finding peace from within as he is with making sure transplants treat his hometown with respect. The result is one of the year’s most compelling rap albums. Wiki strikes a perfect balance between the hyperactive energy of his earlier work and a newly measured perspective which arrives partly thanks to production work from the rapper and producer Navy Blue (also known as the professional skateboarder Sage Elsesser). Over Zoom, Wiki describes how the emotional clarity at the heart of Half God came to him during the past year of lockdown. “This whole process has been about a certain energy building in myself and coming out of a place where I was feeling a little stagnant about my life and music and just everything,” he says.

The album’s rhythmic palette, replete with gentle sample loops and slow rolling melodies, provides a space for Wiki’s talents to shine in a way they haven’t before. He’s long displayed a gift for building spell-binding verses over just about any beat, but here he dives deeper into the writing, constructing intricately self-reflective raps that linger like poetry. “What I gotta do to get through without copping a brew/Twist off the top for a brief moment, put a stop to the blues,” he raps on “Can’t Do This Alone. “But then it turn into a cycle, ain’t no stopping the blues/So I had to put a stop to the booze, popped me some shrooms.”

Wiki spoke to Rolling Stone about finding a new sense of himself in his creative process, being in New York during the pandemic, and the importance of community.

For you, was there a moment when you realized you were putting together a full album?
I was out in L.A. working with my friend Dom, who is in Mount Kimbie, and then Sage [Navy Blue] brought me through to the Alchemist’s studio. And I felt like I was with …….

Source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/wiki-new-album-interview-1238229/