Wiki: “The first shit I actually recorded was 1993. We had two written songs on YouTube of me spitting but they weren’t official songs. That was like the first time we [made songs]. We worked on that all together and Sporting Life did all the production.”
SPORTINGLIFE: “We started working together on this project called RATKING. Back then it was just me and Wiki. The stuff we were doing then was way more experimental.
It was kind of influenced by Suicide, kind of like post-punk. Suicide and The Wu were the biggest inspirations for that. If you combine those two, that’s what that stuff was.
“It was kind of influenced by Suicide, kind of like post-punk. Suicide and The Wu were the biggest inspirations for that. If you combine those two, that’s what that stuff was. So we did that for a while.
“People get beats from everywhere, so if we don’t do that and instead we talk and make it a cohesive thing, not only will we make something that we believe in, but something people will believe in. I’m not an idiot, and you’re not an idiot. If we make it like this, someone who thinks like us is gonna feel it.”
Wiki: “Then we kind of took a break for a minute. After a while, I was trying to do a solo project and I was just trying to get beats from people. I wanted to have beats that were made for the project but I couldn’t find any ill beats.
“The shit I got was from kids from high schools that I knew. They could have been good in a couple of years, like good enough, but they were just a little elementary, not fully developed.
“So then I was like to Sporting Life, ‘You gotta help me with this solo project.’ At first he was kind of just like, ‘Yeah I’ll help you with a couple of beats.’ As we started meeting, he was like, ‘Alright I’ll help you with the project.’
“Then it just became like, ‘Alright we’re back together. From there it was like it’s kind of a RATKING project because all of us were working on it.
“My boy Hak, he’s in RATKING too, he’s on that project. So in a way, it is a RATKING project, but it’s kind of like Wiki’s solo project because it doesn’t have the other elements. When we made it, it wasn’t meant to be a group project so it comes off like a solo project.”
“We started that the beginning of last summer and we put it out in October. We were working on it for a while. The thing is we were trying to figure out where to record it.
“We ended up recording [at RATKING headquarters], just like on a mic. We had it recorded for mad long but we were trying to figure out who could mix it. Sporting Life ended up mixing it himself and he doesn’t have a lot of experience doing that, but he was like, ‘Fuck it.’”
SPORTINGLIFE: “It was mixed on Ableton, Live with studio monitors. And it was recorded and mixed completely [at RATKING headquarters]. It came out pretty good. I still think when I hear major label records, [they sound so] clear. So our mixing will definitely step up. We’re big on sonics anyway.”