Few people in hip-hop show the consistency of Statik Selektah and, with a contact list that reflects his decades in the game, the Massachusetts mastermind puts together some under-the-radar classics. Putting Conway and Westside Gunn together with Your Old Droog and Termanology is a stroke of static-laced brilliance as they hit any mean muggers with “The Curve” to let ‘em know what real hip-hop sounds like.
The chemistry between Gunn and Conway is well-documented in these pages and their back and forth set the throwback production into motion on another level. Once Droog and Term lace the cut with their savagery, the bars are too much to keep up with. Between the nostalgic beat and the bars-on-bars flows, you better pull up a seat before cranking this one.
“Too much rust on the hammer gotta wear gloves
Shaved knuckles and hands – about to kill the plug
Tried to trade in my guns but I was still in love
I’m Young Vito – running numbers and stealing rugs
Half a brick on the table in all dubs
My hands all stiff from the razor and all numb
My click them boriqua cats that stab thugs
My whole team Cypress Hill fans – we blast mugs”
On the low, Statik is putting together the kind of catalog that sneaks him into the upper echelon of hip-hop without ever making a blip on commercial radio. If audio dope like this is the blueprint to getting there, we’re all ears.