Since 2011’s Population Control established his distinct brand of boom bap, Bostonian producer Statik Selektah has been busy bringing together some of the game’s finest to bless his instrumentals. On What Goes Around the Pro Era tour DJ and Showoff Records founder continues that tradition, boasting an illustrious line-up of dream collabs spanning from NY street anthems with rap legends to weeded-out jazz flips led by the new generation. As the title cut sets things off with huge horn loops, Lil Fame and Ea$y Money pen heavy bars, while Joey Bada$$ shines on Carry On and stand-out anthem Slum Villain. The Thrill Is Back sees Statik layer crisp breaks under lounging piano lines for Styles P and Talib Kweli to exalt with eloquent flows; while Dilated Peoples get busy on Back For You‘s DJ Honda-inspired Golden Era bounce, and Ab Soul and Jon Connor pen killer features on the laidback funk of Alarm Clock.
Pro Era emcee’s CJ Fly and Nyck Caution drop fly rhymes alongside Black Dave and Josh Xantus over My Time’s mellow horns; then Statik uses his influential position to introduce Sincere’s gifted wordplay on Fugazi, loops crystalline sax notes over two different breaks to back Jon Connor and Ransom’s distinctive lyrical styles on The Chopper; and unites D Block, Organized Konfusion and Slaughterhouse on Down Like This. Killafornia veteran B Real slays on Overdose, penning one of the freshest rhymes on the album, before Boldy James gives you Something to Cry For, and Astro and Dessy Hinds flow fluid on Rise Above‘s melodic chops. Once this ill LP finalizes it’s all-out lyrical attack with a Bun B and Posdenous feature, it’s clear that integrity’s the name of the game for Statik Selektah; as he continues to drop genre-defining dopeness with every new release, keeping the realness in the forefront for 2014.
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