10. Statik Selektah - Extended Play
Since 2013, this Massachusetts superproducer has released one solo album per summer, and the reason Duck Down Music has supported this move is most likely due to the success of the project that kicked off that spree, Extended Play. Technically, it was Statik's fifth full-length project, but it's his first to reflect the greater influence he's had on East Coast boom bap since guys like Joey Bada$$ and Action Bronson took off with his help. Statik's prior releases act as great showcases for his local underground scene, but it's hard to stack that up alongside a tracklist that includes Raekwon, Black Thought, Mac Miller, Freddie Gibbs, Prodigy, Styles P, Bun B, Flatbush Zombies, and Talib Kweli.
Despite the fact that Statik was producing one-off joints and full projects for MCs at the time of its release, Extended Play seems like a stockpile of his finest instrumentals-- the soulful "Bird's Eye View," the tough-as-nails "East Coast," the jazzy "Make Believe." He gets knocked for being a by-the-books classicist quite a bit, but this release showed that unlike most of his peers, Statik could've been just as big if he was doing this shit 20 years ago.