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. 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. 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. 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. 21 & Over (featuring Sean Price & Mac Miller) – Sean Price bodied the track and made Mac Miller sound like Wack Filler.
- 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. Make Believe (featuring Freddie Gibbs, Easy Money & Termanology) Mellow, 90’s type hip-hop. Termanology is the standout.
- 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. Funeral Season (featuring Styles P, Bun B & Hit-Boy) Weird scratched/sampled hook, but nice verses from Styles and Bun B.
- 9. Bring ‘Em Up Dead (featuring Joell Ortiz) Trademark aggressive raps from the Slaughterhouse favorite.
- 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. Big City of Dreams (featuring Troy Ave, Push!, Meyhem Lauren & AG Da Coroner) Meh…
- 12. Gz, Pimps, Hustlers (featuring Wais P & Slaine) Average song and beat. Slaine is the standout.
- 13. My Hoe (featuring Blu, Evidence & Reks) Beat is kind of annoying but the underground line-up of MC’s helps.
- 14. Love & War (featuring Easy Money & Freeway) Freeway’s voice changed? Regardless, song is a little boring too.
- 15. 100 Stacks (featuring JFK & Strong Arm Steady) – Dope beat and some nice verses from Strong Arm Steady.
- 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. 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. 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.