Live Performance

Wiki: “RATKING performs with two SP’s with two guys on beat machines doing beats, and then me and Hak are spitting. It’s not just a beat or an instrumental played, which a lot of people do these days. One time I saw Cam play and they were just playing the song, not even an instrumental. Rap shows are wack in general. We’re trying to make a dope show.”

 

We wanna play ill hip-hop, with the power of bands. So when we say we play our stuff over, it’s not even the samples that are on the pads, it’s how we think the music should sound to a person in the audience. - SPORTINGLIFE

 

SPORTINGLIFE: “They’re not wack to the people though. People think that’s what a show’s supposed to be. That’s why we’re gonna smash it. A show is not supposed to be playing 40 seconds of a song and stopping it. Or maybe that was how a show was, but it’s not how we see it.”

Wiki: “We’ve all been involved with other scenes of music. So it allows us to look in on the hip-hop world and then compare that to other shit. We’re not just solely hip-hop heads. For me hip-hop is number one, but it’s good to have a lot of different perspectives.”

SPORTINGLIFE: “So you know what a dope live show is. You know when you see Bad Brains perform, that’s what a fucking live show is. Now you might not be able to do exact same things in hip-hop, because some of the attendants in hip-hop keep you cool, but you can bring it back in some ways. That’s what we’re trying to bring, how do you leave the stage sweaty? Like rockers performing.

“That doesn’t matter and shit, but we wanna play ill hip-hop, with the power of bands. So when we say we play our stuff over, it’s not even the samples that are on the pads, it’s how we think the music should sound to a person in the audience.

“That’s important to us and we’re just gonna get better at that over time. We treat our live shows seriously. I think we can attract enough people to even change the way hip-hop shows are done. We perform with punk bands all the time, and it’s not like we’re on some Rap/Rock shit.

“That’s what I want to see in New York come back. That organic, just giving people dope shit—fuck a genre. I would like more people in positions of power to make things like that happen. Because that’s what we are in this room, the differences between us. A show can be put on with the bands and we’ll all enjoy that. And that to me is New York back.

“This whole New York back hip-hop, I’m talking New York back idea wise. Motherfuckers need to start takings risks. New York is scared yo, New York is shook.”