So It Goes

You won't hear any attempts to remake Reasonable Doubt or Illmatic on this hotly tipped New York rap trio's debut – these street rats are telling a new story. Producer Sporting Life's lush, chaotic beats back the group's two young MCs as they deliver intricate incantations about being high in church and staying warm in subway tunnels. Wiki's flow is like a paint gun blasting out beautiful graffiti; Hak's warm hooks balance it all out. Full of the perils and loneliness of youth, So It Goes is an urgent call to arms. "Think the city has let up?" Wiki asks on standout track "Canal." "Better check up/Kids that's fed up, instead of bitching and moaning, they get bucked and get up."

From The Archives Issue 1209: May 22, 2014