I remember when I first meet Statik Selektah and Termanology when they came to Philadelphia for a performance back in 2007. It was a show for Termanology when he was really breaking into the industry where everyone was starting to know his name. Being a young journalist just getting my feet wet I even interviewed Statik a couple time in the past as well. One thing I can see about the two for sure is you can’t deny that they are 100% Hip-Hop.
Statik Selektah understands the culture being the dope producer/DJ he is and always pays homage to legends like DJ Premier and Pete Rock. Termanology on the other note is an emcee who loves to rhyme and keep it raw Hip-Hop even in this age of dumbed down lyrical content. It’s obvious when you see these two the Hip-Hop culture is something they live and breathe.
Statik Selektah and Termanology have collaborated on a good deck of projects so far and it will only continue. With the follow up project to 1982 with 2012, the group released once again a plethora of Hip-Hop heat with the new project.
2012 is a year that has a lot in store from the Presidential election to all this conspiracy end of the world frenzy but at least Statik and Term will offer a dope project.
Statik Selektah and Termanology what’s going ya’ll, talk about the new project 2012?
Statik: Well, this is the follow up to our first project 1982, which kind of became the group name. We were both born in 1982 as well so we look like the beginning of 1982 to 2012. 2012 is already a crazy year with the election coming and all this end of the world talk.
Statik, you’ve been working with Termanology for some time now, why after all this time you think the chemistry is still great?
Statik: He is just a dope Hip-Hop artist and we came from the same era. We have a lot of the same morals when it comes to this Hip-Hop music. The chemistry we have is great which is why we done so many records, his passion for it shows he wants to do things the right way.
Term: He is pretty easy. Sometimes you can get in the studio with somebody and the vibe is there, it’s like rocket science. With me and Statik it’s easy man, he throws on a beat, I pick what I like and that’s it.
I’m a fan of Statik myself, I have his first self-titled album and I have Stick 2 The Script. I love the record on there with you, Cassidy and Saigon titled Take It To The Top. What it like looking back as those projects?
Term: It’s great man! I was there since the beginning, when Statik was making beats and would give them to me on tape. I was there from the beginning of Statik’s career just like he was there from the start of my career. To see him evolve to where he is doing videos with Cassidy and Saigon throwing me in the mix to working with Eminem to shopping his beats to Nas is great man. I’m very proud of my brother you know.
So Statik, was DJing something you used as avenue to get into the industry to promote your production down the line?
Statik: My passion was DJing the whole time, I never cared for production till 2005/2006, but they are both dope. I toured the world DJing playing records that I’ve produced.
So who would you name as DJ influences?
Statik: DJ Premier, Kid Capri, DJ Roc Raida (R.I.P.)… it so many influences man.
Termanology you been on the grind for some time and released many projects over the years, what would you say is your label situation right now?
Term: There’s no label really. I have my own label ST Records, which I started in 2003 when I kept going through wack record deals. A lot of deals I was offered just wasn’t working out so I’ve been releasing my own projects on ST Records. I have my Hood Politics mixtape series and we are now up to six of those. I linked with Statik and he has his own label Showoff Records… we really don’t need anyone else.
Statik, you put out many projects, which were dope, but did you ever consider going the DJ Drama and DJ Khaled lane with those superstar artists on your projects?
Statik: It’s people out here that are superstars in their own right, like Bun B is a superstar, Mac Miller is a superstar, it’s a lot of superstars I worked with. I think people look at me for a different sound. Drama does the big hit street records, DJ Khaled does a lot of club records, I do more Hip-Hop shit.
As far as new artist, who you two are feeling right now?
Term: I’m a big Kendrick Lamar fan. Me and Statik is also working with this cat named Easy Money, we like what he’s doing.
Statik: I like Kendrick as well, it’s a lot of new dudes who dope.
- By Q The Question