(AllHipHop Features) In part two of AllHipHop.com’s exclusive interview with Statik Selektah, the production maestro reveals some of the upcoming projects that may feature his work.
Besides Joey Bada$$ and Action Bronson’s respective albums, fans could hear the Statik Selektah drop on songs by 50 Cent and Q-Tip in the near future as well.
Statik also shares some of the fellow producers he is checking for at the moment and the five tracks from his own catalog that stand out for him. He also talks about hooking up with Major League Baseball and why a track he possesses with A Tribe Called Quest and Consequence will never see the light of day.
I read you have a track with A Tribe Called Quest and Consequence in the stash. Do you think you’ll ever drop that?
No. Just the way that Consequence and Tribe happened to fall out, I want nothing to do with that. Q-Tip’s a really good friend of mine. I would never disrespect that. I don’t rock with Cons no more like that, so it is what it is. I’ll let that stay in the stash.
Are you working with Q-Tip on his album?
I've been in his sessions. I've definitely did some scratches, and I played him some beats. I’m not going to lie, I ain’t been to his crib in a couple of months. But I’m definitely going to be involved.
We've definitely sat down a lot of times and talked about the album. I just don’t know where he’s at creatively on the album yet. I've heard a couple of songs that were really, really dope, but I’m not sure where he’s at right now.
How did that MLB All-Star remix come together?
I bumped into some dudes from Major League Baseball I think at the Action Bronson show at Irving Plaza. One guy said, “It would be real dope if we could work one day. I do MLB Network, and they need to put something with baseball sounds.”
I said, “That’s easy.” I think from the beginning the idea was to do the All-Star break anyway, so it worked out on time. But it was in the works for a while.
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Who are some of your favorite producers out now?
Definitely Jake One. There’s this kid named AntMan Wonder that’s really dope. He’s not really out there like that, but I think he’s going to make a really big impact. He works with Justice League and myself. Whenever we need a sample replay he does it, but he also does his own beats.
You know my man Kirk Knight from Pro Era. I think !llmind gets me the most excited when I hear some new music. The kid Theophilus London, he’s dope.
If you had to pick five quintessential Statik Selektah tracks, which ones would you choose?
Probably “For The City” by Jadakiss and M.O.P. that I did. “Stop, Look, Listen” which is featuring Q-Tip, Styles P, and Termanology. Definitely “Bird’s Eye View” with Joey Bada$$, Raekwon, and Black Thought. I would say “Carry On” off the new album featuring Joey and Freddie Gibbs. And “So Close, So Far” with Bun B and Wale.
Have you done any production for other artists outside of What Goes Around and the Joey Bada$$ project that we can expect from you in the near future?
Action Bronson’s album. The Underachievers' album. I’m on that, and that’s kind of a different style beat for me. I've been really invested in Action and Joey’s albums. A lot of it is on there.
My artist Ea$y Money is dropping real soon. I’m executive producing that. There’s a lot of people on there - 9th Wonder. I definitely produced a lot of that. Me and Jared Evan are dropping another R&B project. I got a lot s**t coming out.
I just did a joint with Brother Ali. I heard 50 is writing a couple of joints. We’ll see what happens with that.
For Street King Immortal?
I don’t even know what it’s for. I just know I've been dealing with his A&R, and they picked a couple [of beats]. He said he was writing.
Download Statik Selektah’s new album What Goes Around via iTunes.
Read Part 1 of AHH’s exclusive interview with Statik here.
Stream the What Goes Around album below via Spotify.
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