Extended Play (album)
|Studio album by Statik Selektah|
|Released||June 18, 2013|
|Label||Showoff Records, Duck Down Music Inc.|
|Producer||Statik Selektah, The Alchemist|
|Statik Selektah chronology|
|Singles from Extended Play|
Extended Play is the fifth studio album by East Coast hip hop producer Statik Selektah. The album was released on June 18, 2013. The album features guest appearances from Action Bronson, Tony Touch, Raekwon, Joey Badass, Black Thought, N.O.R.E., Sean Price, Mac Miller, Mike Posner, Freddie Gibbs, Prodigy, Styles P, Bun B, Hit-Boy, Joell Ortiz, Evidence, Lecrae, Talib Kweli, and Flatbush Zombies among others.
The first single "Bird's Eye View" featuring Raekwon, Joey Badass and Black Thought was released on April 16, 2013. The second single "21 & Over" featuring Mac Miller and Sean Price was released on May 14, 2013. On June 5, 2013, the music video was released for "21 & Over" featuring Mac Miller and Sean Price. The third single "Game Break" featuring Lecrae, Termanology and Posdnuos was released on June 4, 2013. On September 28, 2013, the music video was released for "Gz, Pimps, Hustlers" featuring Wais P.
Extended Play received positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 83, based on 5 reviews, which indicates "universal acclaim". Jason Lymangrover of Allmusic gave the album four out of five stars, saying "Turntable scratching and a glaring lack of digital manipulation make this feel more like a throwback, but despite the fact that this is the fifth album completed in six years, Statik Selektah's Extended Play doesn't seem sloppily thrown together. Instead, it's a dense, imaginative outing that pays tribute to classic East Coast hip-hop lovingly." Mark Bozzer of Exclaim! gave the album an eight out of ten, saying "Extended Play easily warrants repeated listens in the whip. Hands down, the best track is lead single "Bird's Eye View," which has the venerable Raekwon and "top 5 MC of all time" Black Thought spitting knowledge with young gun Joey Bada$$ over Seleketah's shimmering soul. Other tracks that stand out are (believe or not) are "21 & Over," which finds Sean P linking with Mac Miller, and testosterone-fest "Funeral Season," featuring Styles P, Bun B and Hit Boy shitting on everybody in their way. Do yourself a favor and cop this release. Rap is good nowadays, so indulge." Jay Balfour of HipHopDX gave the album four out of five stars, saying "Extended Play reads much like Statik’s past full-length showcase records—this is the fifth of its kind since 2007—but with 18 tracks and a whopping 38 guests, some of whom make more than one appearance, it’s an inherently tiring listen. At just over 60 minutes, the album is too dense to let the feature production breathe much on its own, and the three separate guest verses per song template dominates much of the project. While the album might incite a little listener’s fatigue in a single session absorption, it functions well as an inspiringly crowded display case of quality Rap in 2013. Statik’s individual partnerships might yield more compelling full-length projects on their own but albums like Extended Play are fine platforms for a little showing off.
Matthew Sanderson of AllHipHop gave the album a seven out of ten, saying "All in all the effort is solid. However, with such a roster of ill MCs, there seems to be some lack luster spitters that should not be on the same track as the others. Almost feels like a little bit of filler. Maybe Statik is trying to shed some limelight to his buddies and I cannot be against that. However, for example, I rather have had extra bars from both the Ghost and Bun on Funeral session, if you get my drift. The beats are there, the greats are on there too. Why not have the All Stars rap the whole piece and X out the gold string?" Steve 'Flash' Juon of RapReviews gave the album a 7.5 out of 10, saying "Extended Play has the comfortable feel of a mid-to-late 1990's DJ Premier P-P-P-Premier mixtape though so I'm not mad at it - I just want Statik to knock his next one out of the stratosphere." Lucas G. of DJBooth gave the album four out of five stars, saying "While you will find no complaints from us about the feature selections, the amount of them makes this feel more like a compilation mixtape than an album. I would have loved to hear some solo instrumentals where Statik really toyed with his sound and flexed his musical muscles. There isn’t much deviation from the winning formula. Each cut follows the same structure and I thought a few standalone beats would have helped to pace the album and prevent the songs from running together. I know Statik can make a beat for any emcee who is lucky enough to get one, but I want to hear what he can do when it is just him behind the boards. The album has great replay-ability, but there is no real overarching structure or progression; it is consistent almost to a fault."
|1.||"Reloaded" (featuring Pain In Da Ass, Action Bronson, Big Body Bes, Termanology & Tony Touch)||2:02|
|2.||"Bird's Eye View" (featuring Raekwon, Joey Badass & Black Thought)||3:34|
|3.||"East Coast" (featuring N.O.R.E. & Lil Fame)||2:47|
|4.||"21 & Over" (featuring Sean Price & Mac Miller)||2:47|
|5.||"The Spark" (featuring Action Bronson, Joey Badass & Mike Posner)||2:56|
|6.||"Make Believe" (featuring Freddie Gibbs, Easy Money & Termanology)||4:01|
|7.||"Pinky Ring" (featuring Prodigy)||2:52|
|8.||"Funeral Season" (featuring Styles P, Bun B & Hit-Boy)||4:00|
|9.||"Bring 'Em Up Dead" (featuring Joell Ortiz)||3:36|
|10.||"Camouflage Dons" (featuring Smif-n-Wessun & Flatbush Zombies)||2:53|
|11.||"Big City of Dreams" (featuring Troy Ave, Push!, Meyhem Lauren & AG Da Coroner)||4:21|
|12.||"Gz, Pimps, Hustlers" (featuring Wais P & Slaine)||4:34|
|13.||"My Hoe" (featuring Blu, Evidence & Reks)||3:51|
|14.||"Love & War" (featuring Easy Money & Freeway)||3:26|
|15.||"100 Stacks" (featuring JFK & Strong Arm Steady)||2:36|
|16.||"Live from the Era" (featuring Pro Era)||5:18|
|17.||"Game Break" (featuring Lecrae, Termanology & Posdnuos)||4:22|
|18.||"Home" (featuring Talib Kweli)||2:57|
|US Billboard 200||121|
|US Billboard Heatseekers Albums||3|
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