The deejay/producer talks a new album, working with Bun B and DJ Premier, and blockbuster Q-Tip mixtape.
Statik Selektah [click to read] has added to his resume greatly in the last year. The Boston-native deejay has relocated to New York, and built his Showoff imprint with a string of acclaimed independent releases. Starting with last year's Spell My Name Right: The Album [click to read], Statik recently released Reks' Grey Hairs earlier this month, featuring production by him, DJ Premier and Large Professor.
Later this year, Statik will release his second album, Stick To The Script. "It's a lot different than [Spell My Name Right] 'cause I have a lot of west coast cats, down south cats," he told HipHopDX at Chicago's Rock The Bells date, while deejaying for Q-Tip. "People are gonna bug out. I've got a record with Bun B and Cory Mo. Cory Mo is like the new cat with UGK. Shit's incredible; people haven't heard Bun B rap like this. It's funny, 'cause Bun just did a record with Termanology and DJ Premier too. Bun B is literally the realest dude I've ever met." Little Brother [click to read], Skyzoo, Joell Ortiz [click to read], Talib Kweli and G Malone [click to read] are other confirmed guests.
In addition, Consequence [click to read] announced to DX earlier this year that he was starting a group with Statik Selektah, Paula Campbell, Rik Cordero [click to read] called Band Camp. "Band Camp is like a Hip Hop Lucy Pearl. We've got a few records done. Consequence is seeing if we can get Rik to spit a couple things," revealed Statik, with a chuckle, speaking about the famed Hip Hop video director.
Working with Premier, Statik also did the scratches on the Gang Starr producer's biggest hit yet of this year, Fat Joe's "That White" [click to listen]. "Preme's just my man, so I just be in the studio with him a lot. Reks was there [with me] that night. Preme's like, 'I need you to [record] the cuts on the Fat Joe shit.' Most of the time, he runs back and forth from the boards to recording his cuts, so I just recorded the cuts from him, and came up with [scratch-chorus] and shit." The producer and deejay added that he frequently uses Headcourterz Studios, Premier's recording home, which was formerly the D&D Studios used by Alchemist [click to read], Da Beatminerz and D.I.T.C.
With Q-Tip [click to read] at the time, the deejay added that he would remain touring with the A Tribe Called Quest icon. The two remain at work on a promotional mixtape for Tip's next solo album. In addition to a reported bulk of J Dilla beats, the mixtape features Statik Selektah production inspired by Hip Hop sample classics. "It's crazy, we're taking old Protools sessions from like Isaac Hayes and reworking them. It's going to be crazy."
Reks' Grey Hairs is in stores now.