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Half God

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New York rapper Wiki had been consistently active for years leading up to third album Half God, but he finds a new level of expression here with a combination of inspired lyricism, masterful production, and evocative depictions of city life that tie it all together. Produced entirely by genre-shaping producer Navy Blue, (who before this worked on boundary-pushing albums by Earl Sweatshirt, MIKE, and others), the instrumentals on Half God update the wistful string samples and steady hi-hat grooves of classic East Coast hip-hop, folding in subtle atmospheric touches while keeping things minimal. Cinematic tracks like "Drug Supplier" and the gripping opener "Not Today" barely have drums at all, while "Still Here" and "Remarkably" offer a new approach to the kind of dusty rhythms that RZA might have used for his beats in the '90s. Wiki's rapping is charged and personal, zipping between an unguarded portrayal of the inner workings of his mind on "Roof," scathing take-downs of gentrification and the bridge and tunnel crowd on "The Business," and moments of raw storytelling, giddy wordplay, and non-stop ingenuity throughout the album's 16 tracks. On its surface, Half God could be misconstrued as another "love letter to New York" with Wiki consistently painting a striking picture of the experiences unique to the Big Apple. Looking more closely, however, Half God becomes much more than Wiki's tribute to his city because of how much of himself he puts into the songs. Much as Nas' Illmatic, Wu Tang's 36 Chambers, and The Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready to Die all defined New York hip-hop by offering individualized perspectives on an ungovernable metropolis, Wiki also puts himself in the center of it all on Half God, and in doing so becomes an inextricable part of New York's magic, suffering, and boundless inspiration
© Fred Thomas /TiVo

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1
Not Today
00:02:37

Patrick Morales, Composer - Navy Blue, Producer - Wiki, MainArtist - Benjamin Julia, Mixer

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2
Roof
00:03:05

Patrick Morales, Composer - Navy Blue, Producer - Wiki, MainArtist - Benjamin Julia, Mixer

2021 Wikset Enterprise 2021 Wikset Enterprise

3
Remarkably
00:03:56

Patrick Morales, Composer - Navy Blue, Producer - Wiki, MainArtist - Benjamin Julia, Mixer

2021 Wikset Enterprise 2021 Wikset Enterprise

4
Can't Do This Alone
00:02:43

Patrick Morales, Composer - Navy Blue, FeaturedArtist - Wiki, MainArtist - Benjamin Julia, Mixer

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5
Never Fall Off
00:03:37

Patrick Morales, Composer - Navy Blue, Producer - Wiki, MainArtist - Benjamin Julia, Mixer

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6
Drug Supplier
00:03:42

Patrick Morales, Composer - Navy Blue, Producer - Wiki, MainArtist - Benjamin Julia, Mixer - Jesse James Solomon, FeaturedArtist

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7
Wik The God
00:04:36

Patrick Morales, Composer - Navy Blue, Producer - Wiki, MainArtist - Benjamin Julia, Mixer

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8
Ego Death
00:03:29

Patrick Morales, Composer - Navy Blue, Producer - Wiki, MainArtist - Benjamin Julia, Mixer

2021 Wikset Enterprise 2021 Wikset Enterprise

9
The Business
00:04:18

Patrick Morales, Composer - Navy Blue, Producer - Wiki, MainArtist - Benjamin Julia, Mixer

2021 Wikset Enterprise 2021 Wikset Enterprise

10
Home
00:02:32

Patrick Morales, Composer - Navy Blue, Producer - Wiki, MainArtist - Benjamin Julia, Mixer

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11
All I Need
00:02:49

Patrick Morales, Composer - Earl Sweatshirt, FeaturedArtist - Navy Blue, Producer - Wiki, MainArtist - Benjamin Julia, Mixer

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12
Gas Face
00:04:09

Patrick Morales, Composer - Navy Blue, Producer - Remy Banks, FeaturedArtist - Wiki, MainArtist - Benjamin Julia, Mixer

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13
Promised
00:03:00

Mike, FeaturedArtist - Patrick Morales, Composer - Navy Blue, Producer - Wiki, MainArtist - Benjamin Julia, Mixer

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14
New Truths
00:04:57

Patrick Morales, Composer - Navy Blue, Producer - Wiki, MainArtist - Benjamin Julia, Mixer

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15
Still Here
00:04:54

Patrick Morales, Composer - Navy Blue, Producer - Wiki, MainArtist - Benjamin Julia, Mixer - Duendita, FeaturedArtist

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16
Grape Soda
00:04:21

Patrick Morales, Composer - Navy Blue, Producer - Wiki, MainArtist - Benjamin Julia, Mixer

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Album review

New York rapper Wiki had been consistently active for years leading up to third album Half God, but he finds a new level of expression here with a combination of inspired lyricism, masterful production, and evocative depictions of city life that tie it all together. Produced entirely by genre-shaping producer Navy Blue, (who before this worked on boundary-pushing albums by Earl Sweatshirt, MIKE, and others), the instrumentals on Half God update the wistful string samples and steady hi-hat grooves of classic East Coast hip-hop, folding in subtle atmospheric touches while keeping things minimal. Cinematic tracks like "Drug Supplier" and the gripping opener "Not Today" barely have drums at all, while "Still Here" and "Remarkably" offer a new approach to the kind of dusty rhythms that RZA might have used for his beats in the '90s. Wiki's rapping is charged and personal, zipping between an unguarded portrayal of the inner workings of his mind on "Roof," scathing take-downs of gentrification and the bridge and tunnel crowd on "The Business," and moments of raw storytelling, giddy wordplay, and non-stop ingenuity throughout the album's 16 tracks. On its surface, Half God could be misconstrued as another "love letter to New York" with Wiki consistently painting a striking picture of the experiences unique to the Big Apple. Looking more closely, however, Half God becomes much more than Wiki's tribute to his city because of how much of himself he puts into the songs. Much as Nas' Illmatic, Wu Tang's 36 Chambers, and The Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready to Die all defined New York hip-hop by offering individualized perspectives on an ungovernable metropolis, Wiki also puts himself in the center of it all on Half God, and in doing so becomes an inextricable part of New York's magic, suffering, and boundless inspiration
© Fred Thomas /TiVo

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