Published Aug 19, 2014Back again with his latest slab of throwback rap sprinkled with a healthy amount of dope underground emceeing is Beantown's producer extraordinaire Statik Selektah. On his latest offering, What Goes Around, Statik brings in boatloads of vintage horns, skittering hi-hats and plenty of low end for the stable of star power to coast over. Entirely produced by Statik himself, the album features a strong and lengthy guest list: Action Bronson, Black Thought, Sheek Louch, Pharoahe Monch, Crooked I, Joey Bada$$, Sean Price and fellow Duck Down staple Rock (to name a few) all drop heat over Selektah's ill production.
While definitely solid from start to finish, the album kicks into high gear after the midway point with the Harlem Uptown swagger served up on "The Chopper," featuring young guns Jon Connor and Ransom, who trade rapid-fire rhymes over Statik's double-time backbeat and sax and horns. If a negative can be found in the album, it's that due to the sheer amount of different emcees all clamouring for the mic, the album lacks a cohesiveness; however, who cares about that when you can easily bounce from banger to banger on this dope record? Statik continues to bring it and this album reaffirms that. (Show Off Records/Duck Down Records)