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Statik Selektah, 100 Proof: The Hangover

Statik Selektah
100 Proof: The Hangover

Beats: L
Lyrics: XL
Originality: L

Though the title might indicate otherwise, Statik Selektah’s third album, 100 Proof: The Hangover, is about more than just poppin’ bottles. Instead, the producer/DJ uses his latest project to give a collection of MCs he frequently collaborates with the opportunity to rap about things they go through everyday when the party stops. Coupled with Statik’s solid sample-laden production efforts, those ordinary things often produce extraordinary results.

On the album’s hopeful lead single, “So Close So Far,” Bun B and Wale spit about car notes, credit and foreclosures as they picture the perfect place to live. Meanwhile, Freeway and Red Café lament about doing dirt to survive under the cloak of darkness on the frenzied “Night People,” while M.O.P.’s Lil Fame uses the aptly-titled “Critically Acclaimed” to question other rappers’ intentions.

At times, though, The Hangover’s loose concept makes it feel like one. In particular, “Fake Love (Yes Men),” featuring underground artists Reks, Kali, Termanology and Good Brotha. Similarly, Souls of Mischief’s coming-of-age tales on “Laughin’” sound out of place next to the reality raps showcased elsewhere. But for every hiccup, there are shining moments like Smif-N-Wessun’s incredibly dark “Follow We” or the soulful “The Thrill Is Gone,” featuring Styles P and Talib Kweli. So while some of the guest spots ultimately reveal that 100 Proof might not be the strongest stuff on the shelf, there’s still more than enough here to give it a shot or two. —Chris Yuscavage

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  • AZ40

    I haven’t heard the album but i find it hard to believe it’s only an L, I’m sure the beats are an XL as well as originality. It sounds like the only problem is the mix of artist on the album

  • HERM

    I agree AZ40, Statik is always dropping dope beats, certainly XL worthy. The last two albums were hot, so I’m definitely looking forward to this one.

  • http://bones_42@hotmail.com Doobie42

    I also find it incredibly hard to believe it’s only an L.

  • http://xxlmag.com Ben

    I have not heard this yet.

  • IG

    I’ve heard the album and it’s an XL at least. There is only one track that I don’t like. Statik did it once again!!!

  • CJ2792

    Definately an XL. Beats the shit outta anythin Khaleds gonna come out with….

  • Curtis75Black

    I copped it Friday, This shit is definitely an XL !! This shouldn’t suprise any of y’all dealing with this Mag/website. Truth be told, listen to the music 1st of any artist before you read their review.

  • mrproh

    “the coast”…good to see statik workin with westcoast cats….fashawn is always good..the dude is half mexican but you cant even tell lol..good good

  • Scodie

    Got this last night…flames. XXL for sure. This review reads like it was written for People magazine or something…

  • Tony Tone

    The beats on statiks new joint are XXL or XL atleast…how the hell can you give L for beats? i`ve been banging statiks new shit on spotify and statik never disapoint me.Amazing beats,great verses and lyricist`s on the album. Imma give 100 proof 4,5/5

  • Rafael

    This magazine treats backpack rappers and hard working rappers like a a cold sore. This album is an XL and statik drops some of the greatest work ever. I guess when you have a young money co-sign, it’s hard to show proper respect for TRUE artists.

  • Jack

    XXL is a joke. An absolute joke. Your writers suck and seemingly don’t have the slightest clue of what makes good lyrics. The lyricism on this record is complex, intelligent and socially poignant. Maybe if he had more wordplay about gang bangin yall would give em a higher rating. Yall are backwards and contribute to the death of hip hop, as well as the accelerated ignorance in black culture.

  • texasgood

    Your rating is wrong, very wrong, this Album deserve a XXL, GREAT RHYMES, Rek is always on point with beat, he produces a message that I’ve not heard sense listening to PE; I BELIEVE REKS needs more commercial play, something his TRUTH hurts but its real, great job REKS