Man at work

By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 20, 2010

It's been nearly a decade since Statik was a hungry teenage disc jockey on Boston's HOT 97, where, as ordered, he often spun generic mainstream junk. But instead of bitching about rap's demise, he became the change that he wanted to see in the game like some sort of æsthetic Gandhi. Now, with his knack for pushing crew-minded, sample-based hip-hop across a vast multimedia landscape, he's proving that true-school ethics are welcome in the modern marketplace.

The only catch: dudes need to work a bit faster than they used to. "I'm at a changing point in my career — everything is coming together to make sense. In the last couple of years, I was trying to get my stamp as a producer. To this day, a lot of people just know me as a DJ — which I am, but for the first time the other day, someone said, 'You DJ, too, right?' That person was [Gang Starr Foundation vet] Freddie Foxx, so that was amazing to me. Usually, people ask, 'You make beats, too?' And I'm like, 'Yeah — I was on almost every album that came out last year.' "

STATIK SELEKTAH + BUN B + TERMANOLOGY + REKS + JFK | Middle East downstairs, 480 Mass Ave, Cambridge | January 30 at 9 pm | 18+ | $14 advance/$18 doors | 617.864.EAST or www.mideastclub.com

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