Release Date: Jul 10, 2015
Record label: Duck Down Music
Like many of his previous efforts, Statik Selektah's seventh album Lucky 7 features the respected producer's hard-edged East Coast production backing a mixture of veteran and up and coming MCs. Given his tour duties for Joey Bada$$ in recent years, it's no surprise that the prolific MC shows up on three tracks, while Pro Era cohorts CJ Fly and Kirk Knight show up elsewhere on the record. Lyrically, it's evident the death of crew member Capital Steez still weighs heavily on this collective, and Joey particularly shines on the Big K.
Lucky 7 is Statik Selektah's seventh and supposedly final producer compilation album. The title might be a joke, but it also signals an uncomfortable familiarity. Statik, whose real name is Patrick Baril, has unceremoniously pumped out hour-long projects like this for the last eight years, and just about all of them feature some three dozen rappers.
At some point in the lifespan of the genuine hip-hop connoisseur, a fan is inevitably met with the reality of apathetic industry czars overlooking talented voices in exchange for lucrative clutter in the mainstream realm. A sweeping pandemic of shiny suits in the late 1990s essentially lobotomized a generation accustomed to high-level lyricism and ingenious producers, with its return coming only in stops and starts. Sometimes the consequential hemorrhage is so severe that even the most avid hip-hop head permanently leaves to find sanctuary in another genre.
On his seventh solo LP, producer Statik Selektah shows no signs of slowing his prodigious output, gifting a vast crew of underground rap talent with a new batch of his finest instrumentals. The formula’s not new, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing given Statik’s ability to mold his crisp, soulful sound around his collaborators’ strengths. A jazzy trumpet is the beacon that leads Your Old Droog’s verses through the funky groove on “Hood Boogers,” just as a loose flute flutters above the punchy drums on “Crystal Clear,” featuring a standout verse from Royce Da 5’9”.