Guess who’s back?
Following his seventh album, 2015’s Lucky 7, Statik Selektah said that that would be his final studio album. In the years since he remained true to that salvo, producing for a myriad of artists from ANoyd to 2 Chainz, executive producing Joey Bada$$‘ sophomore effort All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ and touring with the Pro Era emcee as well, among other things.
Now, the founder of Showoff Records has found a new home: Roc Nation.
Announcing that he has signed to the house that JAY Z built, Statik has also revealed that he will return with a new compilation album, the appropriately-titled 8. Once again to be released on Showoff/Duck Down Music, with the likes of 2 Chainz, Joey Bada$$, Run the Jewels, The LOX, Wale, Action Bronson, Black Thought, Raekwon, Freddie Gibbs, Westside Gunn and Conway, the late Sean Price, and others making appearances.
Sitting down with Billboard, Statik spoke on the deal, his future plans, working with Nas, 2 Chainz and more.
You’ve mentioned being in the studio with Nas. What’s the latest on his new album?
Some of it is top secret but I will tell you that he’s working on Fashawn’s album. He’s signed to Nas’ label Mass Appeal. They got a new studio over [at the Mass Appeal office], so I’ve been going over there and working with him. Nas has been working on this album for a long time so at any given moment, he can change his mind. I’m not even really sure where he stands with the album, but I will tell you that we have some joints in the stash. So, hopefully, one of those either makes that, or I know that Lost Tapes 2 is eventually coming out. It’s just if the vibes are right.
You and 2 Chainz have a project on the way. What did he bring to the table that amazed you the most as an artist?
He’s been killing features and his own records for a long time. When you hear these records, it’s just so different. 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.
Congrats to Statik!