Today, renowned DJ and producer Statik Selektah unveiled his new single “Play Around (feat2 Chainz, Killer Mike, Conway the Machine and Allan Kingdom),” which is off his ninth solo studio album, The Balancing Act, set to drop on Friday, Nov. 27 via Mass Appeal. Fans can pre-order The Balancing Act HERE as well as on vinyl HERE, and stream “Play Around” HERE now.
“Play Around was one of the first songs that I started on for the album, but the last one that I completely finished,” Statik said. “Conway went in, 2 Chainz talked that money talk and then Killer Mike came through at the last-minute and put that raw energy that I needed on that third verse.”
Beyond his collaborations with 2 Chainz, Killer Mike and Conway the Machine, Statik will have an array of star-studded features on The Balancing Act with appearances by Nas, Jack Harlow, Griselda, Jadakiss, Dave East, Method Man, Joey Bada$$, Black Thought, Bun B, Paul Wall and many more. Most recently, Statik released his inaugural single “Keep It Moving (feat Nas, Joey Bada$$ and Gary Clark Jr.)” along with a new animated video for the song.
The “The Balancing Act” album title is inspired by the way Statik balances his responsibilities as a father, as an artist, as a producer and as a DJ. To execute his vision for the album cover, Statik enlisted famed designers Dom Dirtee and Tristan Eaton, whose work can be seen in the Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) and has been featured across the world from Paris to Shanghai.
The albumfollows Statik’s collaborative album with Bun B in April 2019, when they famously teamed up to release TrillStatik – a joint album that was created entirely from scratch during an 11-hour livestream on YouTube. Prior to that release, Statik released a 2017 solo artist album, 8, which featured heavyweights like Run the Jewels, G-Eazy, Wiz Khalifa, Action Bronson, Wale, The LOX and Raekwon, among many others.
Earlier this year, XXL named Statik Selektah as one of the 48 Greatest Hip-Hop DJs of All-Time. As a producer, he’s known for his work on a slew of standout songs, including J. Cole and Joey Bada$$’s “Legendary” and Eminem’s collaboration with Big Sean, Royce da 5’9”, Danny Brown, Dej Loaf and Trick-Trick on “Detroit vs. Everybody.”
The Balancing Act Tracklist
1. The Healing ft. Black Thought
2. Keep It Moving ft. Nas, Joey Bada$$, & Gary Clark Jr
3. Play Around ft. Conway the Machine, 2 Chainz, Killer Mike, & Allan Kingdom
4. Hard Living ft. Dave East & Method Man
5. Time ft. Jack Harlow
6. Watch Me ft. Joey Bada$$
7. America is Cancelled ft. Jadakiss, Styles P, & Termanology
8. No Substitute ft. Benny The Butcher, Paul Wall, & Brady Watt
9. Off My Mind ft. Rome Streetz, Fly Anakin, & Haile Supreme
10. Welcome To The Game ft. Marlon Craft, KOTA The Friend, & Haile Supreme
11. Soul Custody ft. Evidence & Blu
12. No More ft. Lil Fame, Smoke DZA, & Rim da Villan
13. Ralph Laurens Closet ft. Thirstin Howl The 3rd & Sean Price
14. Balance Beam Ft Nick Grant, CJ Fly, & JFK
15. Way Up ft. Bun B, Havoc, & Haile Supreme
16. Immortal ft. Bobby Sessions & Harley Harl