This post may shock some readers that are familiar with the majority of dancey tracks found within the HIP-HOP category of DKGL.
It’s been a long time since I purchased an entire album by a Hip-Hop artist (or anyone for that matter). As I listened through STATIK SELEKTAH’s POPULATION CONTROL LP, it became apparent that I needed to have the whole thing. It contains 19 jams and features vocal collaborations from a load of lyricists whom you won’t be hearing on any Top 40 radio, but who hold it down, nonetheless. You’ll find the MCees on any individual track have quite different styles, so from verse to verse, you get a completely different take on the smooth, jazz-funky, head nodder beats that Statik is known for. This is Hip-Hop the way it was originally intended to be. Creatively compiled sample loops over serious beats, combining with lyrically complex flows that tell stories or explore life, bridged together by catchy hooks that stay locked in your mind after the jam is finished.
One of my favourite tracks, on the album, is an ode to New York City, as described by 2 NYC veterans, STYLES P and SAIGON. Statik blends the songs chorus with his loops so well that you’ll swear it’s a sample from some 70s Yacht Rock jam, but it’s actually an original, laid down by JARED EVAN. I love the difference in the song’s verses. Styles P hits you with a barrage of references to life in NY, from Yankee baseball caps, to the Statue Of Liberty, with plenty of day-to-day stuff in between. Saigon takes a different road, rapping about his own experiences growing up in The Big Apple. New Yorkers need to add this jam to their collection, and the real Hip-Hop headz need to take some time and check out the ENTIRE ALBUM.
DOWNLOAD: Statik Selektah ft. Styles P, Saigon, & Jared Evan – New York, New York (RIGH CLICK>SAVE AS)
Incase you can’t tell, I’m totally geeked to be writing about some intellegent shit for once. Now, back to the dancey dancey, yaaaa!