Producer Spotlight: Statik Selektah

Patrick Barel, better known to the world as Statik Selektah, is a hip-hop DJ and producer who hails from Lawrence, Massachusetts, a small city about 30 minutes north of Boston. This is where young Patrick developed his craft and love for music at a young age. Playing with his parents’ 8-track machine and recorder as kid, his love for music was on the right track. As a teenager he purchased his own turntable and mixer, and started nurturing his craft dj’ing local parties and events. Over time, the name “Statik” was acquired, which later evolved into Statik Selektah.

Statik’s skills got him several DJ gigs for local radio stations in New Hampshire and Boston. It was apparent then his love for music would lead him into the music biz. In 2003 Statik started his own PR/Marketing firm ShowOff. Gaining clientele wasn’t an issue, especially when the CEO had his pulse on hip-hop with an endless Rolodex of contacts he’d gained through DJ-ing. ShowOff was able to clench big name clients such as G-Unit, Reebok, Virgin Records, Capital, Universal records, and Diddy’s Vote or Die campaign, just to name a few. With high profile clients generated under his belt, ShowOff was added to the list of successful and reputable PR/Marketing firms.

This local kid continued to expand his empire. In 2006, ShowOff transitioned into a record label releasing its first album Out the Gate, for local favorite artist Termanology. Who also reigns from Statik’s old stomping grounds, Lawrence, MA. Since then Statik Selektah has released five independent albums; Spell My Name Right (2007), Stick 2 the Script (2008), 100 Proof: The Hangover (2010), Population Control (2011) which reached number 11 on billboard, and his latest album Extended Play (2013) — all in addition to producing numerous tracks for fellow artists. Statik Selektah has worked with veterans of hip-hop, who all find his music to be delicious, while staying true to the authenticy of hip-hop. Considered an underground artist, Statik has mainstream pull.

His new album, Extended Play, has received positive feedback from fans, critics, and hip hop loyalists. It’s no wonder with a roster of hip-hop’s last authentic kings. Featured artists include Raekwon, Black Thought, Mac Miller, Prodigy, Joey Badass, Styles P, Bun B, Talib Kweli, Hit Boy and a slew of other notables. Extended Play reached 41 on the billboard charts, with potential to climb. The first single off the album “Bird’s Eye View” features Raekwon, Joey Badass, and Black Thought ripping over a classic Statik Selektah beat that reminds you of summertime and playing in the water hydrant. With the line that sets the tone by Raekwon, “Statik ill, bring the havoc, this is magic,” who raps first. This single is definitely another classic by Statik, to add to his roster of hits.

These days you can find Statik Selektah DJ-ing for your favorite artist on tour, parties, and attending industry events in New York where he resides, or tune in to Enimem’s Shade 45 XM/Sirus radio on Thursday nights to catch his show. Not bad for a local guy from Lawrence, who once was on the 1’s and 2’s at WERS.

By Tashanea Whitlow

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