They say sleep is the cousin of death so it’s a good thing Termanology and Statik Selektah don’t indulge in resting. Fresh from performing a few dates, finishing up their debut collabo album and developing their own artists, these two insomniacs are ready to reintroduce us to the golden era of hip-hop. With their new album, 1982, they’re giving us amazing features with Xzibit, Inspectah Deck, Cassidy, Bun B, Styles P and Freeway–just to name a few.
Clearly the album is star studded, but with the production of one of the hottest producers out–Statik Selektah — this album is sure to go down in the hip-hop history books.
Born on the same day, in the same hospital in the same year, this album is all about fate. Their lives took them in opposite directions, but you can’t fight your destiny. Their destiny is music and it’s like taking a breath, listening to them fulfill their purpose.
Let’s talk about 1982. You and Statik have worked together through the years, but you’ve always wanted to do an album together. How did that come about?
I think it was in 2007/2008, a lot of fans were asking us to do an album together. It made sense because we were always in the studio together. It worked out.
Were you always a fan of his style of production?
Not really. Statik used to be the worst producer of all times. [laughs] He was the worst when we were kids. I met him when I was 15 years old. I keep it 100 with him. I’m part of the reason he got so good because he [played] me like 100 beats and they all sucked. I told him to let me know when he got some good ones. That made him step it up. Sometimes when you give people harsh words, it [helps] to motivate them.
The truth hurts. There’s a lot of features on 1982. Was there someone you really enjoyed working with in particular?
My favorite person to work with on the album was Lil Fame of M.O.P. just because he’s my friend. I’m cool with [other people], but it’s different when you hang tough with someone in the industry. The most exciting to work with was Xzibit. Everybody else on the album, I’d worked with before. I never worked with him, so I was happy about that.
That song, “Going Back” with Xzibit was really dope. I was shocked. I guess I’m used to seeing him on ‘Pimp My Ride.’ It was nice to hear that he’s lyrically amazing.
I already knew. I’ve been an Xzibit fan since 1996. Just because he’s on TV doesn’t mean he raps different. I knew he was going to come with it. I didn’t know what to expect. I was impressed though.
Are you and Statik going to be making more albums?
I think the response was so good, we’re going to have to do at least one more. Right now, they’re calling us hip-hop’s new duo in XXL. Funkmaster Flex put up something [about us] on his blog, MTV Jams and MTVU is playing our video and DJ Enuff is playing it in New York City. With that type of success, there’s no looking back. We’ve got to keep going.
What have you been able to learn from teaming up with a producer exclusively to work on an album?
It’s good and bad. Bad because it’s no longer your album… You can fight to the death, saying how you want it, but at the end of the day, it’s not only your decision. That’s the hard thing. I’m used to getting my way. At the same time, there’s a lot of benefits to it. [You] don’t have to wait on mixes from all these producers and people. You save money because you don’t have to pay all these people to come in and work with you. I had my boy right there, doing it for free and we were doing it just to do it. It has its ups and downs.
What do you like mostly about Statik’s beats now?
**read his response and the rest of hte interview here**