Brooklyn, NY – Veteran producer Statik Selektah has worked with everyone from Nas and Talib Kweli to Action Bronson and KXNG Crooked over the course his extensive career. Simply put, the Roc Nation affiliate knows his way around a studio.
On Tuesday (March 20), after he popped up in an Instagram video with 2 Chainz, the new music featured in the clip was labeled by some as “’90s-inspired.” Subsequently, the Massachusetts native aired his grievances about the current state Hip Hop on Twitter.
“Why is anything that’s not a synth with 200 hi hats a second considered ’90s or old school’??!” he wrote. “Y’all gotta stop that shit. Bad for hip hop. Y’all don’t do it to Kendrick and them. Don’t do it to the east.”
Expounding on the topic, Statik told HipHopDX, “Itís bad for Hip Hop when people try to label anything with soul or a raw element to it as Ď90s or old school. It creates a separation. It makes the young kids look at sampling music as dated.”
He added, “The funny thing is none that in the clip] was sampled. Thereís a whole industry labeling anything that isnít EDM or Auto-Tune as Ď90s or old school. But if Kendrick Lamar] or Drake does it, they donít call it that. They just wanna label certain people. They do it to Joey Bada$$. They do it to Action Bronson. They stay doing it to me laughs].”
Statik, whose latest solo project 8 was released last December, has always adhered to the†jazz and funk-laced†boom-bap beats purists have embraced since Hip Hop’s inception. No matter what he puts out, it will naturally have a touch that classic East Coast sound but he remains frustrated by the “’90s-inspired” and “old school” labels that seem to shroud anything that’s not part the popular mainstream.
“Hip Hop was never supposed to be for everyone a.k.a. the biggest audiences,” he explains. “It was a thing you used to feel part . You would earn respect. Everyoneís entitled now. Social media does that. It’s hard to get around.”
“Itís 2018,” he continued. “Nothing is Ď90s. JAY-Zís] 4:44 is not Ď90s. Kanye Westís] Dark Twisted Fantasy isnít Ď90s. PRhyme is not Ď90s. Westside Gunn and Conway ainít Ď90s. Itís like brainwashing the new generation that they have to make whatís popular or they wonít win. We need to start checking the bullshitters calling it out its name laughs].”
But he does fer a solution.
“I think everyone should promote the stuff they love more instead promoting how bad shit is or how much joke a certain artist is,” he said. “Thereís a lot negativity. I used to be on it, too. I was] mad at the Lil Yachtys, etc. Now, itís like I ignore the shit I donít like.”
He adds, “Stop making stupid people famous though. Itís all hype f nothing.”
Several fellow†artists also chimed in on the topic, including 9th Wonder,†2 Chainz, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, Termanology and Lord Finesse.
Check out their comments below.