14 June 2013

REVIEW: Statik Selektah - Extended Play

In the last couple of years Statik Selektah has made collab albums with Saigon, Freeway, Action Bronson and of course Termanology. Extended Play is his 5th EP and essentially boasts a who's who of emcees. Statik has a way making beats that both rookies and vets can rap over. His old school Hip-hop and Soul influences are visible with the way he chops up and selects samples. For the most part he has a cooled out vibe to his instrumentals. If you're a true Statik fan, this album does not disappoint.

Normally I run through a few tracks and report back to uall. But this 18 track album has such an eclectic gumbo of emcees that I honestly wouldn't know where to start. This is a review of "Statik Selektah's" album, but it's hard to review him without taking into account the various artists that bless each track. To get an idea, here are some of the features: Action Bronson, Termanology, Joey Bada$$, Black Thought, Raekwon, Mac Miller, Prodigy, Styles P, Joell Ortiz, Blu, Posdnuos and Talib Kweli. See what I mean? Crazy. Lyrically, each emcee brings their own unique style and flow to each and every track.

And to review Statik on just beats alone? Fuego for days. The range from soulful tracks like Bird's Eye View to gritty raw tracks like 21 & Over show Statik's exceptional ear for music. He has also mastered the art of paring the right emcee to the right beat. With the list above you see that this album features legends, newcomers, underground and vets in the game. And many tracks mix and match these emcees with the greatest of ease and care. Statik has a clear vision for each track and the album as a whole. Each track seems tailored to each emcee, which makes each track seem as if they were taken from an LP of each emcee. Can't really think of what more to say. Cop this. It'll make your day, whether you lounging in the crib or driving around the block. Preview album below!

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