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Statik Selektah

Establishing his own spot among the ranks of East Coast hip-hop's seminal figures, DJ/producer Statik Selektah utilized his turntabling skills and ingenuity in PR and promotions to break some of the region's most promising artists, bearing his own influence on the national mixtape circuit. Born January 23, 1982 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Patrick Baril was exposed to production equipment at a very early age, tinkering with his parents' eight-track machine, cassette recorders, and turntable. By middle school, he was already DJ'ing school functions, but he was inspired to be a true wheels-of-steel artiste after hearing DJ Premier scratch and mix records on Funkmaster Flex's Hot 97 radio show.

Soon after, at 14 years of age, he purchased his first turntables and mixer. Calling himself DJ Statik (the "Selektah" surname came later), he started to work clubs and private parties up and down the New England coast. In 2000, after living in New Hampshire, he moved back down to Massachusetts to enroll in the audio production program at Boston's New England Institute of the Arts. That same year, Selektah started putting out mixtapes, namely his Spell My Name Right series.

With his mixtapes and DJ gigs, Selektah never passed up the opportunity to champion local hip-hop from Boston and the surrounding New England area. In particular, Selektah was responsible for introducing fellow Lawrence, Massachusetts native Termanology to the East Coast, helming his Hood Politics mixtapes in the mid- to late 2000s. Managing all of these tasks became much easier when he established his own PR/marketing firm, ShowOff, in 2003. In 2006, he turned ShowOff into an official record label, with Termanology's Out the Gate LP as its first release. By this time, though, Selektah's prestige had grown considerably. His radio shows were playing in several places, from London to Mobile, Alabama; he produced beats for many artists, including G-Unit, AZ, and Joell Ortiz; and most importantly, the DJ dished out tons of mixtapes with big-name and up-and-coming artists, such as Nas, Q-Tip, John Legend, Royce da 5'9" (The Bar Exam, co-hosted with DJ Premier, a noteworthy standout), and Saigon.

In fourth quarter 2007, Selektah finally got to promote himself and his beats, entirely producing his official Spell My Name Right debut album. Stick 2 the Script followed in 2008, with guest rappers ranging from Jadakiss and Freeway to Q-Tip and CL Smooth. His 2010 effort, 100 Proof: The Hangover, featured East Coast veterans (Kool G Rap, M.O.P.), underground favorites (Talib Kweli, Evidence), and up-and-coming lyricists (Wale, Torae). The year 2011 saw collaborations with both Action Bronson (Well-Done) and Freddie Gibbs (Lord Giveth, Lord Taketh Away) as well as Selektah's fourth studio album, Population Control. In 2012, he collaborated with Termanology under the name 1982, releasing an album titled 2012, and he also worked with Strong Arm Steady for the Stones Throw album Stereotype, as well as Bumpy Knuckles on the album Ambition. The Proposal, a collaboration with Ransom, arrived in 2013, as well as the guest-heavy Extended Play. What Goes Around followed a year later with an even longer guest list that featured De La Soul, Action Bronson, Freddie Gibbs, and many more. Selektah's seventh album, Lucky 7, was released in 2015, with guests including Mick Jenkins, Royce da 5'9", Joey Bada$$, and others. In 2016, Selektah and KXNG Crooked released an album titled Statik KXNG. ~ Cyril Cordor
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Selected Discography

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Track List: What Goes Around (Explicit)

1. What Goes Around (Feat. Lil Fame, Ea$y Money)

2. Carry On (Feat. Joey Bada$$ & Freddie Gibbs)

3. The Thrill Is Back (Feat. Styles P & Talib Kweli)

4. The Imperial (Feat. Action Bronson, Royce Da 5'9" & Black Thought)

5. All The Way (Pimp Hop) (Feat. Snoop Dogg, Wais P, Ransom & Charliered)

6. Back For You (Feat. Dilated Peoples)

7. Alarm Clock (Feat. Ab-Soul, Jon Connor & Logic)

8. My Time (Feat. Black Dave, CJ Fly, Nyck Caution & Josh Xantus)

9. Fugazi (Feat. Sincere)

10. Long Time (Feat. Action Bronson)

11. Drunk & High (Feat. Noreaga, Termanology & Reks)

12. The Chopper (Feat. Jon Connor & Ransom)

13. Down Like This (Feat. Sheek Louch, Pharoahe Monch & Crooked I)

14. Slum Villain (Feat. Joey Bada$$)

15. Heltah Selektah (Feat. Sean Price & Rock)

16. Overdose (Feat. B-Real & JFK)

17. Something To Cry For (Feat. Boldy James)

18. Rise Above (Feat. Astro, Dessy Hinds)

19. Get Away (Feat. Joe Scudda & Colin Munroe)

20. God Knows (Feat. Bun B, Jared Evan & Pos Of De La Soul)

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Track List: Extended Play

1. Reloaded (feat. Pain In Da A**, Action Bronson, Big Body Bes, Termanology, Tony Touch)

2. Bird's Eye View (feat. Raekwon, Joey Bada$$, Black Thought of The Roots)

3. East Coast (feat. Noreaga, Lil Fame of M.O.P.)

4. 21 & Over (feat. Sean Price, Mac Miller)

5. The Spark (feat. Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, Mike Posner)

6. Make Believe (feat. Freddie Gibbs, Termanology, Ea$y Money)

7. Pinky Ring (feat. Prodigy of Mobb Deep)

8. Funeral Season (feat. Styles P, Bun B, Hit-Boy)

9. Bring Em Up Dead (feat. Joell Ortiz)

10. Camouflage Dons (feat. Smif N Wessun, Flatbush Zombies)

11. Big City of Dreams (feat. Troy Ave, Push!, Meyhem Lauren, AG Da Coroner)

12. Gz, Pimps, Hustlers (feat. Wais P, Slaine)

13. My Hoe (feat. Blu, Evidence, Reks)

14. Love & War (feat. Ea$y Money, Freeway)

15. 100 Stacks (feat. JFK, Strong Arm Steady)

16. Live from the Era (co-produced by The Alchemist) [feat. Pro Era]

17. Game Break (feat. Lecrae, Posdnuos of De La Soul, Termanology)

18. Home (feat. Talib Kweli)

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Track List: 100 Proof: The Hangover (Explicit)

1. Inside A Change

2. So Close, So Far

3. Critically Acclaimed

4. Night People

5. Follow We

6. Do It 2 Death

7. Come Around

8. Drunken Nights

9. Life Is Short

10. 100 Proof

11. The Thrill Is Gone

12. Get Out

13. Laughin

14. The Coast

15. Fake Love

16. Eighty-Two

17. Walking Away

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Track List: Stick 2 The Script (Explicit)

1. Stick 2 The Script (Intro)

2. To The Top

3. For The City

4. Get Out The Way

5. All 2gether Now

6. Interlude

7. Church

8. Talkin Bout You

9. On The Marquee

10. Mr. Popularity

11. Interlude

12. This Is It Remix

13. So Good

14. Streets Of M.A.

15. Sounds Of The Street

16. Destined To Shine

17. Cali Nights

18. Take It All Back

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Track List: 21 & Over (Single)

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Track List: Alarm Clock (Single)

7. Alarm Clock (Feat. Ab-Soul, Jon Connor & Logic)

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Track List: Bird's Eye View (Single)

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Track List: Carry On (Single)

2. Carry On (Feat. Joey Bada$$ & Freddie Gibbs)

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Track List: Lucky 7 (Explicit)

1. Intro (Feat. Hannibal Buress)

2. Another Level (Feat. Rapsody)

3. Beautiful Life (Feat. Action Bronson & Joey Bada$$)

4. Hood Boogers (Feat. Your Old Droog & Chauncy Sherod)

5. The Locker Room (Feat. Dave East)

6. In The Wind (Feat. Joey Bada$$, Big K.R.I.T. & Chauncy Sherod)

7. Crystal Clear (Feat. Royce Da 5'9")

8. How You Feel (Feat. Mick Jenkins)

9. Murder Game (Feat. Smif N Wessun, Young M.A & Buckshot)

11. Bodega! (Feat. Bodega Bamz)

12. The Trophy Room (Feat. Skyzoo, Ea$y Money, Domo Genesis & Masspike Miles)

13. Sucker Free (Feat. JFK)

14. Wall Flowers (Feat. Your Old Droog, Termanology & Lord Sear)

15. Top Tier (Feat. Sean Price, Bun B & Styles P)

16. Silver Lining (Feat. A$AP Twelvyy, Kirk Knight & Chauncy Sherod)

17. Cold (Feat. Wais P & Jared Evan)

18. All You Need (Feat. Action Bronson, Ab-Soul & Elle Varner)

19. Scratch Off (Feat. CJ Fly, Talib Kweli & Cane)

20. Alone (Feat. Joey Bada$$)

21. Harley's Blues

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Track List: The Imperial (Single)

4. The Imperial (Feat. Action Bronson, Royce Da 5' 9" & Black Thought)

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REAL HIP-HOP S**T!...@$#
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Dope
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I like your music
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It's beantown hip hop Bruv..
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Nice work like always
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NY hip hop at its finest
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Love this tune whoop whoop
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This beat is ridiculous son....real hip hop....lovin it yo....
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No he went to school in exeter
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Statik really from New Hampshire. Exeter to be exact but either way he's probably top ten producer in the game. DJ Premier-esqu e with mostly cuts for hooks representing 603 978 and 617!
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BEAN-TOWN RESPECT 3'T's SON MUCH♥
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"She 24 but look 19 wit no panties on".....love that line....
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Statik keep Repin 1!
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follow me ill follow you back
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Realest rap ever written. So so tru
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It is Mac miller.
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Good track sounds alot like Mac miller
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Ya hot no joke, digg
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S**t is hot!
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Lawrence, MA is full of talent. Holla, soundcloud.c o m / s t y l e s _ g
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Mixing hip hop and Pat Methany....G E N I U S ! ! ! !
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Please add the Spell My Name Right album!
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thank god for cats like this
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Mo' Better Blues
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reppin the bean kid, and lawtown, he's nasty, sick dj/ producer,... . get them 3's up!... peace....
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The great hope for hip hop today!
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cmc347
Statik is the man, repping boston/MASS right. Keep it up man, avoid them corporate leaches. It seems like he knows this though, keeping it all indie. Love his sh*t.

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