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Statik Selektah lets karma play out on the sophisticated 'What Goes Around'

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What Goes Around by Statik Selektah


The Massachusetts born producer, DJ, and radio personality known as Statik Selektah has created another masterful compilation album in What Goes Around, his sixth studio compilation to be exact. He is aided by the help of the many emcees who are featured herein, and the beats he has produced prove the perfect foundation upon which they put in work. Supposedly inspired by comments Kanye West made to Statik Selektah during a recording session, What Goes Around rings true to its title. If Kanye believes jazz has lost its mystique in hip hop, then Statik goes in the lab with his friends to make twenty tracks of irresistible jazz beats with supporting lyrics. Statik's beats are formally structured and crafted in the traditional East Coast fashion infused with the swingy, soulful sounds of jazz piano, jazz horns and rugged drum kicks and taps. As for the lyrics, there are copious amounts of advanced rhyme schemes and various styles and flavors. There are tons of rhymes in every song; uninterrupted, steady streams of quality, nonstop rhymes. The more gangsta guests rap about their typical stock-in-trade, but at various points are power raps about aspirations, ambitions, and appreciation like in "God Knows," which gives off obvious traces of gratefulness and gratitude. Some especially good guest verses come from Action Bronson, Ab Soul, and Jon Connor, but everyone on the album deserves applause whether they're obscure and underground or well-established and renowned. From Statik Selektah's impressive beats to the wonderful rap lyrics, the good word is bound to get around regarding What Goes Around.