Statik Selektah on the Troll Power of Putting Mac Miller and Sean Price on the Same Song
Statik Selaktah promises his upcoming album, Extended Play, will "remind you of the hip-hop you grew up on, but it's like the new fresh version of that." To hit his goal, the Brooklyn-based producer has called on vocal favors from a royal rap line-up: Raekwon, Bun B, Talib Kweli, Joey Bada$$, Black Thought, Action Bronson and Sean Price all grace the project. Ahead of the album's June release date, we talked to Statik about the trolling consequences of pairing Mac Miller with Sean Price on a track, Black Thought's four-minute recording session, and the so-very-important Trader Joe's versus Whole Foods debate.
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I think this is the sound that, if you take all my albums and grab the best songs and put them together, it's on that vibe. I basically took all the feedback I got from the last four albums and put it into this. It's aggressive.
What was the most common sort of feedback you got about your other albums?
The last album I tried to reach out to a lot of new artists and new names in hip-hop and some of my more older fans were kinda thrown off by it. A lot of the new artists are less hardcore and less street than my fans are used to -- like the M.O.P.s and the Sean Prices and instead I went with the Mac Millers and the Chris Webbys, which I think threw people off. So this album I worked with new cats like Joey Bada$$ and Action Bronson, but it's really grimy and I kept a real underground vibe. It's real sample heavy and it's got the feeling I always wanted to put into an album.
Which studio session stands out in your mind?
Black Thought was amazing. He had a car waiting outside, got out of the car, spit his verse -- 32 bars -- then was like, "Yo, I gotta go." He literally did it in one-take, like he was in my house for four minutes. That was the craziest shit I ever seen. I've never seen anything like that. He was so laid back when he walked in, I pressed record, and he went into it. It's one of the best verses I've heard in a long while.
They're on a song together, "21 & Over." It's funny, 'cause Mac's a superstar at this point, and when you're that big you're gonna get crazy criticism, and especially when you're a white rapper that came out of nowhere and blew up like that. I guess Sean works with more underground rappers. Hip-hop heads are so funny, man, 'cause they're so sensitive. If you do one little thing they don't like they take it personal like it's their own career. Sean is just trolling on Twitter that he's done a song with Mac. He loves that shit.
Where's this mythical vegetarian Popeyes?
Ha ha, it's funny 'cause I live right around Broadway and Myrtle and there's two Popeyes on the block so it comes from that.
Whose idea was it to put Sean and Mac Miller on the song together?
I saw Mac and he said, "Yo, next time I do a song with you, I wanna be on the record with Sean Price." I had the perfect record, like the hook is saying, "If you're under 21 you shouldn't listen to this," and it was like two weeks before Mac's birthday, before he turned 21. Sean was down with it.