Producers are getting a lot more public recognition in hip hop these days, and Statik Selektah is a name many are familiar with now. The Bushwick-based artist releases a steady stream of beats in an updated version of the classic East Coast crate digging style. There’s always new material from him out there, but he’s seeking to present concise list of what’s really good these days with his upcoming album, Population Control. “Everybody thinks they’re a rapper,” he tells HipHopDX, “everybody thinks they’re a deejay, producer or whatever, and [this album is] just me saying like, ‘Listen, in our world this is who gets the co-sign.’”
The release will feature a number of big names, including some from the area like Joell Ortiz, Termanology, and Bed-Stuy’s Skyzoo. He’s released a few free records since the first single on the album dropped last month, but the single is by far the best of the recent crop. Featured below, it’s got Mississippi’s Big K.R.I.T. and Gary, Indiana’s Freddie Gibbs burning the mic like it’s some dour. Gangsta Gibbs beasts it as usual with lines that explore his hustling days, reflecting with thick rhymes and a tuff delivery on the damage he’s done to families and his deserving of meeting Satan.
Statik Selektah “Play The Game” feat. Big K.R.I.T. & Freddie Gibbs