Had the recent pleasure of interviewing treacherous trio Ratking about some of their favorite recordings for RBMA Radio . In other words, stuff Wiki, Hak and Sporting Life, “use as inspiration for writing and just listening to and having fun to” (self-deprecating afterthought: ‘Having fun to?’ I don’t know what that means…” – Sport). Amongst the artists/songs discussed: Rammellzee vs. K-Rob’s “Beat Bop,” State Property-era Beans, G-Dep and the underrated post-B.I.G. Bad Boy era, and differentiating Chinx Drugz’s “Hitta” versus his “Couple Hittaz.” Also, how early 20-something Wiki shed his habit of listening only to “old stuff” (i.e. Biggie, Jay, Dipset) to draw from the energy and influence of the crew’s contemporaries.