Profit & Benefit announced that they would become a duo known as the Co-Defendants about a year ago and now we’re getting to see more of their work together as they drop “Turn It Up” produced by none other than Statik Selektah.
The last time 2 Chains and Statik Selektah connected, we were gifted with the excellent “Smoke Break.” Teases of an EP have come and gone. But that doesn’t mean that the work these two put in would never see the light of day. Statik Selektah drops “Man of the Hour” which features 2 Chains and Wiz Khalifa as a single off of his forthcoming album 8. Let’s hope we get to hear more from these two.
Joey Bada$$ and Statik Selektah complete the trifecta of new song drops with “500 Benz.” Nah, we’re not sure why these were loose but all of these songs are dope.
Oh, you thought Joey was done delivering heat? The tandem of Mr. A$$ and Statik Selektah drop off another goodie with “Too Lit.”
Before embarking on tour with Logic, Joey Bada$$ drops off some new grooves for your eardrum. With Statik Selektah providing the backdrop, Mr. A$$ delivers “Love Is Only A Feeling.”
Smoke DZA, Trademark and Young Roddy have formed The Burn Unit and with Statik Selektah providing the beats, you can imaging how fire (pun intended) this project will be. First, have a taste of “How Many?”
Not only did Statik Selektah lie to us when he said that his Lucky 7 album would be his last, but he’s gone ahead and signed a deal with Roc Nation and announced that a new album will be arriving soon. In an interview with Billboard, the producer and DJ dropped science on the new management deal. But, more importantly, gave insight on his new album 8, the whereabouts of Nas’ next album and his collaborative project with 2 Chains.
You’ve mentioned being in the studio with Nas. What’s the latest on his new album?
Some of it is top secret but I will tell you that he’s working on Fashawn’s album. He’s signed to Nas’ label Mass Appeal. They got a new studio over [at the Mass Appeal office], so I’ve been going over there and working with him. Nas has been working on this album for a long time so at any given moment, he can change his mind. I’m not even really sure where he stands with the album, but I will tell you that we have some joints in the stash. So, hopefully, one of those either makes that, or I know that Lost Tapes 2 is eventually coming out. It’s just if the vibes are right.
Your album 8 is slated for a late summer release. What can we expect in terms of artists and sounds on the new project?
I’m really excited about it. I’ve been really stepping up my game musically. You know, you can expect that Statik sound, but it’s just a lot bigger. I got 2 Chainz on there. Me and him have a project that’s dropping really soon. Of course, the fam like Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Termanology, Run the Jewels, The LOX, Wale, Black Thought, Raekwon, Freddie Gibbs, Westside Gunn and Conway — who just signed to Shady Records. I’ve been messing with them since the beginning. I’m really excited about that. G-Eazy, Royce Da 5’9′, and obviously, the late, great Sean Price. You know, me and Sean have been close so I’m happy I got something underneath for this one.
You and 2 Chainz have a project on the way. What did he bring to the table that amazed you the most as an artist?
He’s been killing features and his own records for a long time. When you hear these records, it’s just so different. No one has ever done what he did with this project. First of all, he’s rapping like he’s from Brooklyn. It’s just very New York. Basically, a down South guy made a New York album, so I’m excited for that.
Do you have a name for the project?
Yeah, we got a name, but I gotta let Chainz announce that one.
ANoyd gets a production boost from Statik Selektah, Jake One and SWISH on the ode to hydration titled “Name Brand Water” where the Connecticut emcee uses the water as a metaphor for life’s challenges.
Statik Selektah recently sat down with Genius to break down the creation of the Joey Bada$$ and J. Cole collaboration “Legendary” off of Joey’s album. We get some insight on how he found the sample, how he retooled it for the song and what Nas said when he heard the beat.
Conway, Benny and Prodigy show up on Statik Selektah’s show to show off their freestyle ability in a dope session that’s just under ten minutes of raw dopeness.