Release Date: Jun 18, 2013
Record label: Duck Down Music
Genre(s): Rap, Underground Rap
Beantown's main man on the ones and twos is back with yet another star-studded slab of fresh rap, with Statik Selektah serving up a healthy dose of scratches, loops, soul samples and no-nonsense drums for his slew of guests to stretch out comfortably over. With everyone from Action Bronson, Black Thought, Joey Bada$$, Flatbush Zombies, Sean Price, et al. (the list is too long) stopping by to drop some gems over Statik's stellar production, Extended Play easily warrants repeated listens in the whip.
Following work with Strong Arm Steady, for his second full-length with N.Y.C. label Duck Down, DJ/producer extraordinaire Statik Selektah taps into the golden age boom-bap beats of Pete Rock and DJ Premier and recruits a huge cast of classic-era and modern rappers to back up his endeavor. With nearly 40 high-profile guests -- including Action Bronson, Posdnous of De La Soul, Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Talib Kweli, Freddie Gibbs, Black Thought, Blu, and Noreaga -- the album packs in as much talent as a volume of Lyricist Lounge, and Statik Selektah does a good job of reining it all in and showcasing the various rhyme styles with his beats.
Statik Selektah’s across-the-board industry presence has yielded more than a handful of releases like Extended Play. In a lot of ways, not unlike his weekly radio show on Eminem’s Sirius XM station Shade 45 or his current duty as Pro Era’s in-house deejay, Statik’s compilation approach to these types of “solo” outings acts as a simply-defined platform for as much rapping as possible. This time, per usual, the album’s features are a cross-section of its producer’s contact list and current working relationships (there’s a little more Action Bronson and Pro Era this time around).