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.
Funk Flex presents “5 Minutes of Funk”. Every week, Funk Flex will invite an elite DJ to scratch, blend and show some of their skill set. The first guest is none other than Statik Selektah, who proceeds to deliver that goodness.
Ruff Ryders affiliate Quadir Lateef puts the entire industry on notice with an absolutely bananas display of lyrical dexterity on the Statik Selektah produced “Exorcism.” Off of Quadir and Statik’s upcoming Ugly Face EP. Gotdamn.
Randy Reimer returns with another Statik Selektah produced joint that features the vocal linguistics of Slaine on “Roll Up.”
Another one from Statik Selektah’s A3C remix project. This one comes courtesy of Dave East’s “Stretched Out” with a touch of the Statik one’s flavor.
Statik Selektah takes a swing at remixing G-Eazy’s “Rebel” and the results are just as good as his crack at Action Bronson’s “Muslim Wedding.” Off of The Best of A3C (Remixed by Statik Selektah) project.