Final week Bun B and Statik Selektah launched ‘TrillStatik 2.’
Considered one of my literal properties away from house is Sweet Chick. The unique location, within the Decrease East Facet of Manhattan, is most undoubtedly someplace I am going so usually that I’ve eaten every thing on that menu a number of occasions over. My terribly cool and inventive colleagues, a New York City-based collective often called The Good Life (led by photographer Craig Wetherby), have been doing their legendary household dinner and domino evening each Tuesday for what appeared like ceaselessly. Pre-legalization, this evening and site was clutch for New York Metropolis stoners in-the-know, because the kitchen workers would faux to not see teams of the homies stroll previous them and open the again door to blaze it up in our non-public smoking part.
At present in New York Metropolis, the hashish legal guidelines are progressive. We will smoke the loud wherever cigarette smoke is allowed, which makes this restaurant (owned by John Seymour, Kyle Martin, and hip-hop royalty Nas) the proper spot for the inventive vibes to move. With that being stated, it was no shock to see that the beloved Candy Chick LES location ended up being the official hub for a reside streaming of the creation of TrillStatik 2— a whole album produced by Statik Selektah starring Bun B (of UGK) with particular friends. The total mission was recorded, combined, and mastered in 24 hours and has been out there on all platforms since Friday, December 9. Satirically, it has taken me longer to jot down about this album than it did for them to create it.
Photographs courtesy of Erick Sasso.
Statik Selektah occurs to be one among my oldest pals. In his early years, I personally witnessed him rise throughout the hip hop ranks whereas making the pilgrimage to New York Metropolis from Boston as regularly as he may. Finally, when DJ Drama and Don Cannon’s places of work have been raided and the mixtape sport was declared formally over and carried out, Statik began dropping industrial albums with himself on the helm doing 100% of the manufacturing.
The catalog speaks for itself, with quickly to be 10 studio albums beneath his belt, that includes some spectacular hard-hitting performances from the likes of Wiz Khalifa, Motion Bronson, and Griselda. He has made particular moments occur through the years along with his musical collaborations, such because the time he linked hip hop fallen troopers Sean Worth and Mac Miller on the identical observe, dropping a tune with 2Chainz then making a whole album collectively (launch TBD), after which in fact there’s the TrillStatik sequence with the legendary Bun B.
I used to be planning to go to this occasion as a result of I’ve been an enormous fan of UGK. I used to be tremendous impressed with the primary TrillStatik, and have an general respect for Bun B as an unimaginable artist, activist, and pothead. Nonetheless, I bought much more when my man Matt from The Astor Club hit me with a, “You’re going proper?” textual content. Because it seems, Candy Chick’s places of work have been was a pop-up recording studio, full with an artist lounge with the form of hospitality value writing about. To begin with, Astor Membership had one among their best rollers on web site, rolling VIP friends blunts or doobies of their alternative.
The Astor Membership donated a half pound of some hearth RS-11. However that’s not all, there was a Puffco giveaway which had Proxy’s and Professional’s on deck, as we dabbed out complementary globs from Trichadelics and Pressure Labz. Vibes papers was additionally a sponsor, which got here in useful later within the night once I was launched to The TENCo workforce who allowed me to pattern a few of that Pink Zushi, which is definitely now a brand new favourite. Additionally huge shoutout to Matt from High Mart, Johnny Nunez (who has all the photographs in response to Nas), plus a hashish model Lizm, who has partnered up with hip hop legend Jadakiss.
At a sure level on this beautiful night, I’m completely highed up. I imply, I really feel superb, and I’m able to do some journalism. Nonetheless, that is the place my story turns into a cautionary story. I’m simply going to maintain it a buck right here—I made the terrible mistake of interrupting Bun B whereas he was writing a rhyme. I approached the legend with out hesitation to shoot my shot. “The place are we at within the course of?”, I requested. To which he replied with a smirk, “I simply sat down, wrote two phrases, and also you requested me a query.” Properly, you may as properly have performed the Curb Your Enthusiasm theme music at that time, as a result of I principally simply tripped Shaq whereas sitting courtside.
Statik, Dave East, Paul Wall focus on the Music
Figuring I wore out my welcome within the studio house, I hit the artist lounge to conduct interviews and had the sensible Sasso readily available to seize some tune breakdowns:
Excessive Occasions: Guys, are you prepared for this album to return out tonight?
Dave East: Statik?! When is that this popping out?
Statik: It’s popping out tonight.
East: No, that’s too quick, who’s mixing your music?
Statik: I’m. I combine every thing I do.
Inform us about this document you simply made.
East: The observe I simply did with Bun is unimaginable. This was the primary time that I set to work with him, due to Statik Selektah. Statik simply has my sound. There are just a few producers that I can lock in with that embody my sound. Working with Statik is a layup. I heard the beat and was like, “Let’s go!” I appeared again to see who the engineer was, and it was Stat recording me!
Statik: You need one thing carried out proper, you gotta do it your self.
Mr. East, what are you smoking on?
East: Eastco all day child. Eastlatto and Eastpop coming quickly, ‘bout to hit y’all with the brand new, new.
Spesh, what are you able to inform us about your document on this mission?
38 Spesh: Ah man, the document we simply did was actual hearth. I walked in, heard the beat, and it was my kind of vibe. I had no clue of what they was doing. After I walked in, it was a tempo I used to be usually used to, and it was like a pattern that I might have chopped up personally, so once I heard it I used to be like “Rattling, they made this for me! Bun is somebody who supported me from early on and I actually respect that. He’s truly one of many real ones that I’ve met on this journey.
Nems, what are you able to inform us about your contribution to this mission?
Nems: Bun informed me, “I don’t wish to offend you, however are you able to please preserve it as CONEY ISLAND as attainable? Be vulgar. Be disrespectful.” Statik despatched me the beat to my telephone. I don’t like to jot down with mad individuals round, I prefer to be within the zone. So, I went to my truck with 2 dangerous bitches and wrote the verse in 20 minutes. Bun bought on that ignorant shit as properly, Papoose got here in an hour later and made that shit the entire bundle. BING BONG!
Paul Wall, how was this expertise for you?
Paul Wall: This was a dope expertise. Bun B was the primary individual to ever come to the studio to assist us work out issues once we thought we have been doing one thing. He got here in there and taught us learn how to be skilled at it, so he’s at all times been the large bro and mentor. We’ve been following the chief with him for a very long time—he’s a pacesetter. I truly missed the primary one, and ended up getting on the deluxe version. So, once I noticed they have been doing this, I used to be like, “I’ve gotta be there.”
What are you smoking on?
Paul Wall: I’ve been smoking these Astor Membership pre-rolls all evening, and somebody simply gave me a 911 pack: half bitter diesel, half haze—actual New York shit.
In conclusion, Bun B is a superb artist who ought to at all times be celebrated, however by no means be interrupted. Message to Bun: I apologize for interrupting whilst you have been creating. I by no means bought a Trill burger, and I gained’t relaxation until we smoke out huge time. To be continued…? Trillstatik 2 is out on all platforms now.