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Billboard caught up with the Boston-bred producer to ask him about his new management partnership with Jay Z’s company.
“Honestly, I wanna pick my placement game up. I’ve worked with everybody from Eminem to 2 Chainz to Nas — a lot more recently with Nas. I’ve been in the studio with him,” explained Statik on signing with RN. “The next level to me is like being on every album that comes out that matters. I grew up looking up to DJ Premier, who would have the illest hip-hop joint on everybody’s album. That’s exactly what I want to do.”
Up next for Statik Selektah is an album titled 8 scheduled for release this summer.
His previous effort, 2015’s Lucky 7, featured appearances by regular collaborators Action Bronson and Joey Badass as well as Big K.R.I.T., Royce Da 5’9″, Talib Kweli, Ab-Soul, Dave East, and more.
8 is expected to feature Bada$$, Bronson, Termanology, Run the Jewels, The LOX, Wale, Black Thought, Raekwon, Freddie Gibbs, Westside Gunn, Conway, G-Eazy, Royce Da 5’9′, and Sean Price.
Statik also revealed he is working with 2 Chainz on a joint project.
“No one has ever done what he did with this project. First of all, he’s rapping like he’s from Brooklyn. It’s just very New York. Basically, a down South guy made a New York album, so I’m excited for that,” Selektah stated.
Over the last decade, Statik Selektah collaborated with artists like Termanology, Freddie Gibbs, Action Bronson, Jared Evan, Ransom, and KXNG Crooked for full bodies of work.