Extended Play

Extended Play

by Statik SelektahStatik Selektah


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Following work with Strong Arm Steady, for his second full-length with N.Y.C. label Duck Down, DJ/producer extraordinaire Statik Selektah taps into the golden age boom-bap beats of Pete Rock and DJ Premier and recruits a huge cast of classic-era and modern rappers to back up his endeavor. With nearly 40 high-profile guests -- including Action Bronson, Posdnous of De La Soul, Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Talib Kweli, Freddie Gibbs, Black Thought, Blu, and Noreaga -- the album packs in as much talent as a volume of Lyricist Lounge, and Statik Selektah does a good job of reining it all in and showcasing the various rhyme styles with his beats. Standout single "Bird Eye's View" bounces between new- and old-school artists with Joey Bada$$ and Raekwon trading verses, before Black Thought delivers one of his all-time best 16 bars, and "21 & Over" maintains the same balancing act, with young Mac Miller keeping up with the hardcore rhymes of veteran MC Sean Price. Elsewhere, "The Spark" musically mirrors Kanye's soul-jazz production work with Common and "Make Believe" features a Fender Rhodes keyboard line and snappy breakbeat that would make Ali Shaheed Muhammad blush. Turntable scratching and a glaring lack of digital manipulation make this feel more like a throwback, but despite the fact that this is the fifth album completed in six years, Statik Selektah's Extended Play doesn't seem sloppily thrown together. Instead, it's a dense, imaginative outing that pays tribute to classic East Coast hip-hop lovingly.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/18/2013
Label: Duck Down Music
UPC: 0693461233522
catalogNumber: 2335
Rank: 97253

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Statik Selektah   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Alchemist   Producer
Lou Smith   Promoter
Kenneth Montgomery   Legal Counsel
JFK   Executive Producer
Statik Selektah   Executive Producer
DJ Sherazta   Marketing
J. Nicholson   Promoter
Matt Conaway   Publicity
Mazza   Marketing
Brandon "Bedlam" Matthews   Marketing
Shucky Ducky   Marketing
Eli Evnen   Marketing
Alvin Akinti   Promoter
Matt Blakely   Marketing
Shane Gill   Marketing
Reuben Rodriguez-Robbins   Marketing
Bram Van Leuken   Marketing
Guy Belloch   Marketing

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