Artist: Dj Statik Selektah
Featuring: Joey Badass, Raekwon, 2 Chainz, Prodigy, Jadakiss, Royce da 5'9", Wiz Khalifa, Wale, Action Bronson, Joyner Lucas, G-Eazy, Juelz Santana, Currensy, PnB Rock, Millyz, Cousin Stizz, Termanology, Run The Jewels, Styles P, Sheek Louch, Lil' Fame & Phil Adé.
Production: Statik Selektah & The Alchemist
Label: Duck Down Music & Showoff Records
DJ's and Producers are the soul of Hip Hop. They usher in new sounds and borrow from the past to establish the music we vibe to. In today's Hip-Hop climate there are few individuals that are able to effectively capture the essence of the 90's and present it to where it doesn't sound dated. With this his 8th studio release appropriately titled "8" Statik Selektah brings back that beloved sound from the golden era of Hip-Hop. With it's classic drum patterns, jazzy undertones, and soulful spirit Statik returns us to a time where so many fell in love with the culture. When I was nine I stumbled across Wu-Tang Forever. What was compelling to me about this album was the collective of MC's spitting with no hooks, just barrage of bars. This approach was common throughout the 90s. Statik taps into this blue print on the record "What Can We Do" featuring ANoyd, Crimeapple, Avenue, Nick Grant, Millyz, and Chris Rivers where the artist's collectively deliver a verbal onslaught. We also see some notable rappers taken out of their element, 2 Chainz and Wiz Khalifa both rise to the occasion on the record Man of the Hour. The record has boom bap elements that some may be unaccustomed to hearing from either Chainz or Wiz. Similar to a DJ Khaled, Statik gives you what you don't quite expect. When I first looked at the list of featured artist's my eyes almost popped out of my head.
Throughout the album there is memorable moment after memorable moment from legends of the rap game. Statik was able to enlist the services of Run the Jewels, Termanology, Lil Fame, The Lox, Raekwon, Royce da 5'9'', B-Real, No Malice, and Juelz Santana. We also got a feature from Curren$y where spitta rhymed on a beat tailored made for the jet setter, "Slept to Death" was reminiscent of the Curren$y and The Alchemist project Covert Coup. Out of the who's who of featured legends two features stand out to me in particular; Prodigy and Sean Price who have both left us in 2015 and 2017 respectively. Despite their untimely passing both very much live on through their music. With them being featured on "8" it's a testament to their legacy in Hip Hop and its refreshing to hear new verses from the New York legends.Throughout the project Statik puts on for newer artist's allowing them to strut their prowess on his platform. Frequent collaborator Joey Badass does his thing on "Ain't a Damn Thing Change" which also features the smooth delivery from G-Eazy. Arguably the most impressive feature on the album tho comes from fellow Massachusetts native Joyner Lucus on the record "Don't Run" in which Joyner delivers Kendrick Lamar like verses almost effortlessly, giving listeners a bit of insight to his come up. This album joins multiple eras and gives true hip-hop fans gold from bonafide legends, veterans, and newcomers alike. Producer albums often give us unique features that fans may never expect to see. Producer albums are for the culture. Statik Selektah is for the culture. We at Critix Music give "8" 4 out of 5 X's.