Statik Selektah-Extended Play (Full Album Stream)

With an incredible number of collaborations, joint albums, productions for other artists and much more under his belt, one of hip-hop’s hardest working men is gearing up to release his 5th solo studio album next Tuesday (18th).

It’s been fun watching Statik’s reputation grow from a bubbling-under producer to one of hip-hop’s premiere acts behind the boards, and it appears most of the genre feel the same way; features are beyond plentiful here, with appearances from Raekwon, Joey Bada$$, Black Thought, Talib Kweli, Blu, Joell Ortiz, Mac Miller, Flatbush Zombies, Bun B, Prodigy, Action Bronson and many, many more in what is a fantastically-stacked lineup. Of course, there are several producers/DJs who tend to get a slew of guest spots on their albums (Khaled, Drama etc.) but given their tendency to hire predominantly mainstream or ‘pop rappers’, it’s refreshing to get Statik projects that are generally full to the brim with MCs that do the genre justice. Stream the full project over at NPR below, and be sure to support next week if you’re a fan.

Statik Selektah-Extended Play (Album Stream)

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Joey Bada$$-Word Is Bond

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On 12th June last year, Joey dropped off his 1999 project. Taking many hip-hop heads by surprise, its throwback nature was impressively nostalgic, and given how much his stock has risen, it’s an opinion shared by a great number of folk. This year, 12th June sees Joey drop off his Summer Knights EP, with this effort scheduled to be its first single.

Statik Selektah helms the production, and does a fantastic job. Combining scratches and booming percussion right out of the DJ Premier playbook, Statik adds his own reflective twist with a sombre piano melody and a touch of atmospheric, airy synth where required. It’s a beat that’ll tick a lot of boxes for the heads, and clearly one Joey relishes with another strong performance- his flow bounces along the strong percussion line well, whilst his lyricism maintains his streak of brash, confident releases, with the two combining to tame what would be an overbearing beat to a less forthcoming rapper. Arguably, a little lyrical introspection might have brought out those reflective melodies more, but it’s a harsh criticism; this is a good performance from Joey over a chunky production, and a strong sign ahead of that EP.

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Jared Evan and Statik Selektah-Boom Bap Blues

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About as descriptive an EP title as you could ask for in truth. Statik’s hip-hop stylings combine with Jared’s pop/R&B work for this crossover project, with plenty of big names in tow lending their support.

Is it me or does almost everyone who works with Statik want to put an EP out with the guy? It’s a huge compliment to him in truth, and credit where its due as he’s certainly becoming a go-to producer in circles beyond hip-hop. Here though, his rap influence is apparent as Joey Bada$$, Lil’ Fame, Termanology, Action Bronson, Hoodie Allen and Wais P make appearances (several of whom have worked with Stat before, of course), whilst Jared’s strong vocals and versatility will surely help offer a good balance to that. I’ve caught a couple of tracks from this to date and have been suitably impressed, with Jared’s once hugely-diverse sound seeming as though it’s been refined and improved a little more. Stream and download over at Jared’s website.

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1982 (Statik Selektah & Temanology) ft. Freddie Gibbs & Crooked I - Make It Out Alive

Latest drop from the Boston emcee and the hardest-working producer in the game. This can be found on their upcoming aptly-titled project 2012 which hits stores on May 22nd. This has got that military feel to it, slightly up tempo and sharp keys to boot. The verses are on point and each hold their own whilst Crooked exercises his lyrical muscle as to be expected.


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Statik Selektah & Slaine-State Of Grace Mixtape

I’m without a personal laptop, headphones, and iPod this week, so I can’t give a review of this mixtape just yet.

On the plus side, you know what to expect when it comes to these two. Statik Selektah has been consistently putting out solid mixtapes for years now and to add to that, Slaine has been on a mission as of late (as I mentioned here the other day), and will no doubt bring his own brand of Boston hip-hop to the Statik Selektah sound.

It’s also something to hold us over until A World With No Skies, and with features from Ill Bill, Termanology, and Action Bronson, fans can probably guess what they’re getting here.

Slaine and Statik Selektah-State of Grace

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1982 (Statik Selektah & Termanology)-Still Waiting [Video]

Visuals for another track from 1982′s self-titled album due to drop October 26th.

A very watchable video with a couple of cameos thrown in for good measure.

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