Hak Leaves Ratking
A rep for Ratking tells XXL that while Hak has indeed left, Ratking is still a group.
It shouldn't exactly come as a surprise to the average Ratking fan, but in a new interview with i-D today, Hak revealed that the group has broken up.
When asked why, he says, "Too many cooks in the kitchen and too many men. I need balance." Later on he says, "It's all love that I project towards them, but I just felt like I wasn't being treated nicely to keep it a hunnid, they didn't see me for me."
You didn't have to be paying close attention in 2015 to suspect that something was up. Sporting Life, the driving force and producer behind the group, dropped a phenomenal solo project called 55 5's, and soon after that Wiki followed with his official solo debut project Lil Me. The latter had two appearances from Hak and plenty of production from Sporting Life, but something seemed off. Wiki even joined a new group weeks ago with Antwon and Lil Ugly Mane. Now it appears like Hak has left the group, and what was known as Ratking is no more.
On Twitter, Wiki seemed to allude to the situation. "Ima make it clear. Bridges burnt are bridges burnt," he tweeted earlier today (June 21). "The amount of times this dude fucked me over. hahaha," he continued.
For many it felt like Wiki and Sport were the core of the group, while Hak seemed to lighten their load and provide some singing to Ratking records. Now Hak has struck out on his own with a new album June, out today.
XXL has reached out to Ratking and their record label XL for comment and will update this post when we hear more. For now, we're a little sad to hear such a groundbreaking trio like this split up. New York benefitted from the harsh sounds of Ratking. Hopefully we haven't heard the last of them.
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