Two of the most exciting names in the New York underground hail from Buffalo, a town that's received little exposure when it comes to hip-hop, but one that inspires some gripping street stories, as evidenced by the two Griselda Records signees.
19 years ago to the day hip-hop lost one its most beloved icons when Notorious B.I.G was gunned down senselessly in Los Angeles. While many fans & supporters have already taken to social media earlier today to pay tribute to the late Brooklyn King, fellow hometown spitter, Joey Bada$$, decided to pay his homage on wax instead.
Joey Bada$$ has been met with critical and popular acclaim since he dropped 1999 in 2012. But he still feels like the world is unprepared for the steady torrent of flames he intends to unleash over the course of his career. That is the matter at hand in "Ready," his new record that dropped Monday evening by way of Ebro's Beats 1 radio show. Ebro mentioned that Joey's been working on another album that'll likely drop at the end of 2016... they ain't ready.
February 12 (Part 2)
Statik Selektah & KXNG Crooked
On Monday, Statik Selektah and KXNG Crooked released "February 12 (Part 1)," a reference to the release date of their joint album Statik KXNG. Today, they release Part 2, another gift for the fans that serves to illustrate Statik's bottomless supply of beats and Crooked's bottomless supply of bars. Crooked might be the first rapper in years to reference '80s synthpop band Depeche Mode in his lyrics. "Coke game is rocking like Depeche Mode," he raps. "Texting codes so feds don't know about the next load."
February 12 (Part 1)
Statik Selektah & KXNG CROOKED
Statik Selektah and KXNG Crooked have already released a pair of singles -- "Everybody Know" & "Dead Or In Jail" from their upcoming album Statik KXNG. Statik and KXNG remind the people when the project is dropping with a new freebie called "February 12."
Statik Selektah Feat. Westside Gunn, Conway, Your Old Droog & Termanology
Statik Selektah brought together a gang of emcees for his latest cut. Featuring emcees form New York City, New England and Upstate New York, “The Curve” is an classic sounding cut. It starts out with Westside Gunn and Conway exchanging bars before Your Old Droog and Termanology get into a succession of stanzas.
Statik Selektah & KXNG Crooked Feat. Termanology
Statik Selektah and Kxng Crooked continue to roll out new music in support of their upcoming joint album Statik KXNG. After hitting us with tracks like “Everybody Know” & “Dead Or In Jail,” the duo decide to come thorugh today and share another one for us called “Let’s Go” featuring Termanology.
Statik Selektah & KXNG CROOKED
Just yesterday, Statik Selektah & KXNG Crooked announced that their joint album Statik KXNG will arrive on February 12. This morning, they folllow up those good tidings with a new offering from the album entitled "Everybody Know."
Latino Unification (Remix)
Termanology & Manny Garcia Feat. Noreaga, Chris Rivers, Ea$y Money & Statik Selektah
Last July, Manny Garcia and Termanology united to express their Latino pride with a track called “Latino Unification." It was a quality track to ride to to be sure, but with only two rappers on the mic it wasn't a true Latino unification.
Black Thought & Statik Selektah
Statik Selektah's Lucky 7, released in July, is undoubtedly one of the most slept-on albums of the year. This afternoon, Statik shared "Couldn't Tell" feat. Black Thought, a song recorded during the Lucky 7 sessions that somehow didn't make the album cut.
Dead Or In Jail
Statik Selektah & KXNG CROOKED
Statik Selektah is working with KXNG Crooked (aka Crooked I) on a joint album, STATIK KXNG, and today they've decided to drop off their first single from the album. The record has jazzy vibes, and it's altogether smooth, from KXNG Crooked's flow, to Jessica Quintero's soft background vocals. Crooked keeps the listener on their toes with his dexterous lyrics and word play, while teasing the fact that he gets to listen to unreleased Eminem records.
Get Off The Ground (DJ Premier Mix)
Termanology Feat. Sean Price, Lil Fame, Papoose, Ruste Juxx & Reks
The final song on Termanology's Term Brady EP is a seven-and-a-half minute party cut called "Get Off the Ground" that features EIGHT different rappers, most of whom hail from New York City: Sean Price, his protege Ruste Juxx, Lil' Fame of M.O.P., Justin Tyme, Hannibal Staxx, Papoose, & Term's fellow Lawrence, MA emcee Reks. As the cherry on top, it also features some scratches from the venerable DJ Premier.
Termanology is an avowed Masshole and as such is a devout Tom Brady fan. His ode to Brady tha Gawd Term Brady EP is scheduled to drop today, and yesterday Term teased the project with a quality track called "World Tour." First off, the song is produced by Statik Selektah, who pretty much never misses (Gostkowski-esque). Sounds like like some prog rock, Steely Dan-type sample here. Good beat, good verse, you can tell why Term and Statik are frequent collaborators.
Massachusetts rapper Termanology has a project coming out soon called Term Brady EP -- an ode to New England Patriots superhuman quarterback Tom Brady. (Who just beat a charge!) The first offering from Term Brady is classy number by the name of "Grade A." With 9th Wonder on the MPC an Statik Selektah on the vinyl scratches, the track is a lock to not suck. Term drops solid bars as always.
Admiral Greets General
Sean Price Feat. Jakk Frost
While he sadly left us way too early, Sean Price’s legacy will always live on through his music. Today, producer Statik Selektah decided to pay homage to the late emcee by sharing an unreleased track of his on his soundcloud page titled “Admiral Greets General,” featuring Philly's Jakk Frost. Over the sampled production by Statik, Sean showcases his aggressive delivery & impressive wordplay, reminding us of his overall greatness & strong presence as an emcee. Take a listen and let us know what you think.
Termanology & Manny Garcia Feat. Statik Selektah
Termanology and Manny Garcia have joined force for "Latino Unification," a celebration of their heritage produced by DJ Ready and Phil Coyle. "We all stand strong together than we can make it" is the mission statement, but there's plenty of straight-up brag-rapping as well, with Statik Selektah cutting into the party to supply some scratching.
In The Wind
Statik Selektah Feat. Joey Bada$$, Big K.R.I.T. & Chauncy Sherod
Tomorrow, on 7/7, Statik Selektah will release his new album Lucky 7, but first, he's giving us one more track to tide us over. "In The Wind" is a warm, uplifting cut from the album's first half, and it features Joey Bada$$ (one of his three features on the project), Big K.R.I.T. and Chauncy Sherod (who contributed vocals all over Action Bronson's recent Mr. Wonderful).
Statik Selektah Feat. Royce Da 5'9"
Statik Selektah and Royce Da 5'9" are a match made in heaven. Hailing from Boston, Statik has always had a New York-leaning style, but as we've seen on "Detroit Vs. Everybody," he works well with the Motor City's best as well. On "Crystal Clear," Statik provides a sample that darts left-and-right unexpectedly, but ties it together with some hard kicks and snares. Royce gets the challenge he deserves, riding the fluttering flutes and strings with his own technical flurries.
All You Need
Statik Selektah Feat. Action Bronson, Ab-Soul & Elle Varner
Statik Selektah's new song "All You Need" feat. Action Bronson, Ab-Soul, and Elle Varner is third in a string of dope AF singles off his upcoming album Lucky 7, the first two being "Beautiful Life" feat.
Statik Selektah Feat. Bun B, Styles P & Sean Price
Statik Selektah is one of those producers who doesn't discriminate when it comes to OGs and newcomers. He's just as likely to work with Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, or Your Old Droog as he is Eminem or Onyx. His latest record finds him firmly planted in the vet category, as he teams with Sean Price, Styles P, and Bun B. The assemblance of rappers is a pretty good representation of Statik's music in general-- very much rooted in NYC styles, but not afraid to venture outside of them once in a while either.