Here’s another hot one from 1982 (Statik Selektah and Termanology) ft Ghetto and Ea$y Money. This one’s called Shut it Down (Virgin MegaStore Boys) ft Ghetto and Ea$y Money.

Statik Selektah’s track features a nice flip of one of Chante Moore’s quiet storm classics as one of the samples.  For more on 1982, including a free EP, click here.

And, here’s the Chante Moore (and Keith Washington) song that was chopped (and sped) up quite nicely:

 

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AZ is still putting in quality work 17 years after his killer cameo with Nas. Check out the video for the remake of Gimme Yours which was produced by Statik Selektah.

Statik Selektah has quietly become one of the hardest working producers in the game.  This is a good look for both him and AZ:

If you missed the 1982 album, it’s one of the doper ones of the year (and that’s saying a lot). They just released a free EP bonus album. Check it out.

In case you missed it, 1982 is the group formed by Statik Selektah and Termanology.  Here are some previous posts about them to give you a taste.  These are 2 of my favorite joints (0nly on the album, not the EP):

Click here to download the EP.  Tracklist is below.

1. The Lottery
2. All Night feat. Kali
3. The Darkest Cloud feat. Chace Infinite
4. Weird Science
5. Put It Down f. Ghetto & Ea$y Money
6. Never Gonna (Interlude)
7. Word Up
8. The Dream feat. REKS
9. 82 92 feat. Mac Miller (Bonus)

Statik Selektah and Termanology’s album 1982 dropped on 10/26. If you haven’t bought it, here’s another reason why you should.

I’ve been posting a lot about 1982 over the last few weeks.  They have dope tracks, dope rhymes and lots of good guests.  What’s not to like?  They are also bringing a lot of creativity to the game.  Check out the video for People Are Running.

Click here to buy the album.  Support (good) hip-hop.

AZ is another MC who has been severely underrated over the years. Maybe it’s because most people heard him for the first time with Nas. Whatever the case, his new song The Calm is hot.

The fact that the song is produced by Statik Selektah (dude is on his grind) doesn’t hurt either.  AZ has always been best at riding those dark soulful tracks that you could imagine hearing in a blaxploitation film.  The Calm is on of those.  Click here to check it out.

 

Remember Saigon? He had a ton of heat about 3 years back with a recurring role on Entourage, a deal with Mark Ronson and tracks with Just Blaze, and then…label drama stopped him in his tracks. He’s back with…yep Statik Selektah proving Life is What You Make It.

Saigon was very underrated as a rhymer.  After spending some time in prison, he returned as a “hood” philosopher.  His rhymes always had a depth to them that were far beyond just gangsterism.  Like some of the greats, his street tales were often accompanied with a touch of melancholy.  This verse is no different.  Right click here to download Life is What You Make It ft Saigon & Freeway.

Also, here are a couple of other memorable tracks from Saigon:

Statik Selektah has been putting in work. In addition to his own upcoming project with Termanology called 1982, he produced this jazzy throwback cut called Self-Titled by REKS.

The scratches and sample used on the track are very reminiscent of DJ Premier.  And REKS??  His name stands for Rythmatic Eternal King Supreme and he truly wrecks the mic on this.  It’s a winning combination.

In case you haven’t heard about Statik Selektah’s 1982 project, here’s a crash course: