Statik Selektah, Prodigy & J-Zone’s Official NYC Listening Party [Exclusive Coverage]
New York, NY -- Last Thursday was a night of celebration as emcees, entrepreneurs and enthusiasts gathered for the official NYC listening party for not one, but three hitmakers. Post-modern haunt Stay Lounge was the perfect venue for the triple-header; with free-flowing drinks, celebrities, and new music from J-Zone, Prodigy and Statik Selektah, guests weren’t going anywhere.
Statik Selektah’s Stick 2 Tha Script was one of the LPs that was introduced to the crowd for the jam-packed evening. Despite being best known for his compilations with hip hop wordsmiths, the Lawrence, Mass. DJ said that this time around there will be a lot more homage paid to lyricism and beat-making. “Expect better production, more tracks, and great lyrics from great artists this time around,” Statik said.
Stick 2 Tha Script offers both underground and mass appeal, blending mixtape veterans like Termanology with big-names like Bun B and Q-Tip. “Alchemist and Tony Touch have had [compilation albums too], but mine will be different because there will be a lot more cuts on this album,“ he said.
Consequence showed love for the album, as his track “Mr. Popularity” has received lots of buzz online within recent months. From the ruggedly-sensitive ivory-tickling of DJ Booth favorite "To The Top," to the soulful hook singing on the M.O.P. and Jadakiss-assisted “For the City," and the calm complexity of “Cali Nights,” featuring Glasses Malone, Mistah Fab and Novel, everyone agreed that Stick 2 Tha Script is much appreciated.
The next album was Prodigy, Big Twins and Un Pacino’s collaborative effort, Product of the 80s. Although there are only a few appearances by P’s cronies on the album, the H.N.I.C shows love for 80s break-style beats and arcade-like sounds via producers Sid Roams (Bravo and Joey Chavez), Jake One, and Sebb.
“Cold World” is a solo track which allows P to break out angst-ridden rhymes about his time on the inside, while the dark “Sex, Drugs & Murder” features the Big Twins shining over a sinister beat, revisiting classic productions by Mobb Deep and G-Unit simultaneously. The fifteen-track album features diverse sounds, interesting song titles (“Test Tube Babies” and “Damn, Daddy”) and intense beats, and has gained a minimal buzz as a result of the rapper's current incarceration.
The final artist to hop into the spotlight was J-Zone- DJ, producer, freelance writer, comedic hip hop storyteller, and CEO of Old Maid Entertainment-, who showcased his newest album Chief Chinchilla: Live @ the Liqua Sto. The LP is produced entirely by the man himself, and promotes at least three fake malt liquors (“Pimp Potion,” feat. Celph Titled, “Hillbilly Beer” feat. Jethro the Rappin’ Redneck, and “Calvin’s Hard Lemonade” feat. Breeze Brewin’ of the Juggaknots). The beats knock, but the stories, voiceovers and snippets are laugh-out-loud hilarious. As J-Zone simultaneously rejoices in and denounces the effects of items from the liquor store, the album is sure to provoke both laughter and thought.