Love is love, right? After DJ Premier provided us with his top five hottest producers in the game right now, XXL reached out to one of the chosen five to pay homage to the hip-hop God. Statik Selektah is a hip-hop aficionado, who came up in the school of the boom-bap. His uncanny wit and ability to flip your favorite sample into a hip-hop classic became his trademark and elevated him in the realm of production.

With his new album, What Goes Around, officially out, Statik took time out to give us his top five favorite DJ Premier beats of all time. You might want to grab some popcorn for this. —Carl Lamarre


"New York State Of Mind"

Statik Selektah: I don't have to say why. I mean, it's a classic. That beat might be the most perfect hip-hop beat like ever—for me at least. Like the drop, the way the filter comes in, and the way he just did that whole beat with the sound in the beginning. To me, that's just one of the best hip-hop songs of all time.


"Above The Clouds"
Gang Starr

Statik Selektah: I mean, it's probably like the best sample flip of all time, literally. Like, if you hear the original sample and the way he did it, it's just like literally the best sample flip of all-time. I don't know how—Primo is just in another world the way he thinks with his ears and how everything sounds.


"Ten Crack Commandments"
The Notorious B.I.G.

Statik Selektah: Just cuz the way he incorporated the scratch and the beat. Even with the original sample to that, he used like literally 1/45 of a second and made a whole song out of it.


"So Ghetto"
Jay Z

Statik Selektah: I think that was when Premier, like that was the peak of his versatility. You knew it was Primo the way he chopped the sample, but it was one of those beats where he didn't really use claps or drums. He flipped it up on that one. And it fit it on an album with so many big hits. It was still grimy but it sounded like a billion dollars. That was an important song in my life.


"Watch How It Goes Down"

Statik Selektah: Just for personal reasons, I gotta choose this beat because I was a major part of that happening. It came out of my label and what happened was after years of asking for a beat from Primo, he gave us that beat. But he lost the disc. So when we went to record it, he was like, "Yo, the disc ain't working." And we were like, "What?" And he actually remade the beat on the spot in front of us. He kind of did it better than the original. So, that beat, it means a lot to me just 'cause it really helped launch my record label. I directed the video, too. It has like 1.4 million views or something.

Previously: DJ Premier’s Top Five Producers In The Game Right Now
DJ Premier's Five Favorite Beats Of All Time
Statik Selektah Builds The Perfect Rapper
Premiere: Listen To Statik Selektah’s New Album What Goes Around