Statik Selektah – Extended Play


Statik Selektah - Extended Play

Brooklyn DJ / producer Statik Selektah recently dropped his newest LP – Extended Play. The album features an all-star / up-and-coming lineup with almost all production handled by Statik himself. Overall, the album is pretty damn good but leaves a little to be desired. Almost all the beats are dope and most of the MC’s shine. However, the hip-hop generation gap is very evident with some of the pairings. A lot of the up-and coming artists (that are supposed to be the next big things) literally get blown out by their veteran counter parts. For a full track-by-track review, peep the below:

  1. 1. Reloaded (featuring Pain In Da Ass, Action Bronson, Big Body Bes, Termanology & Tony Touch) Haven’t heard the name Pain in Da Ass for over 10 years! Regardless, Tony Touch and Action Bronson both drop hot verses on the intro.

  2. 2. Bird’s Eye View (featuring Raekwon, Joey Badass & Black Thought) Originally released as the single to the album. Extremely dope with Black Thought having the best verse.

  3. 3. East Coast (featuring N.O.R.E. & Lil Fame) N.O.R.E. surprised me on this one! His verse was notable plus he speaks on the east/west coast beef of the mid-90s.

  4. 4. 21 & Over (featuring Sean Price & Mac Miller) – Sean Price bodied the track and made Mac Miller sound like Wack Filler.

  5. 5. The Spark (featuring Action Bronson, Joey Badass & Mike Posner) Hottest song on the album. Recipe for greatness – dope verses from Bronson and Badass, dope, horn-driven beat, and catchy hook from Mike Posner.

  6. 6. Make Believe (featuring Freddie Gibbs, Easy Money & Termanology) Mellow, 90’s type hip-hop. Termanology is the standout.

  7. 7. Pinky Ring (featuring Prodigy) Trademark P, with his aggressive, yet laid back style of rap. Sounds like something that would have been included on his new LP.

  8. 8. Funeral Season (featuring Styles P, Bun B & Hit-Boy) Weird scratched/sampled hook, but nice verses from Styles and Bun B.

  9. 9. Bring ‘Em Up Dead (featuring Joell Ortiz) Trademark aggressive raps from the Slaughterhouse favorite.

  10. 10. Camouflage Dons (featuring Smif-n-Wessun & Flatbush Zombies) Flatbush Zombies have a decent fanbase and their association with Pro Era is helping to push them forward. But sorry, Smif-N-Wessun made this track sound like “Dah Outshinin“. (If you don’t get the joke, look at the name of their first LP).

  11. 11. Big City of Dreams (featuring Troy Ave, Push!, Meyhem Lauren & AG Da Coroner) Meh…

  12. 12. Gz, Pimps, Hustlers (featuring Wais P & Slaine) Average song and beat. Slaine is the standout.

  13. 13. My Hoe (featuring Blu, Evidence & Reks) Beat is kind of annoying but the underground line-up of MC’s helps.

  14. 14. Love & War (featuring Easy Money & Freeway) Freeway’s voice changed? Regardless, song is a little boring too.

  15. 15. 100 Stacks (featuring JFK & Strong Arm Steady) – Dope beat and some nice verses from Strong Arm Steady.

  16. 16. Live From The Era (featuring Pro Era) Easily the wackest beat on the album and guess who produced it – Alchemist!? I guess he used all his good beats for the new Prodigy album. Still a decent track thanks to the skills of Pro Era.

  17. 17. Game Break (featuring Lecrae, Termanology & Posdnuos) Extremely weird combination of rappers, but Posdnuos of De La Soul shows you, he will still rip a mic properly.

  18. 18. Home (featuring Talib Kweli) Woah… I read in a recent interview Talib was tired of being known as the “conscious” MC and was going to branch out but I wasn’t expecting this. Talib sounds overly-happy. I would expect this song at the end of a Christmas special.

Overall, if you like real hip-hop, this album is for you. While it may drag on during the second half of the LP, the stand-out tracks and the beats are enough to warrant purchasing.