Singled Out: "Literally The Whole Place Booed Big K.R.I.T ..."

Tuesday, Oct 4, 2011 12:25AM

Written by J. Bachelor

[SOHH highlights a single each week and offers a unique look at the song. After Roc Nation artist J. Cole told us why Jay-Z chose to shine on the track, "Mr. Nice Watch" , Statik Selektah explains why he decided to ask Freddie Gibbs and Def Jam MC Big K.R.I.T to "Play the Game".]

I've known Big K.R.I.T. for some time now. It's funny, 'cuz how I met him it was at the Highline Ballroom in New York. I think he was opening for Slaughterhouse ... and literally the whole place booed K.R.I.T while he was performing ... it's crazy because he mentions it in the song "Play the Game" because that was the day we met.

They booed him, you know. But less than a year later, he was back in New York sellin' out shows. So it's crazy how far he's come in such a short time. I think it was because no one knew who he was yet, and he was coming out doin' all these South songs and most of the fans were there to see some raw, underground hip-hop sh*t. New York's a tough city, you know? It happens to everybody.

There's no sample on this beat and it took me about 20 minutes to make. Usually my music is very sample-heavy, but with "Play the Game" there's actually a chord in the background that was inspired by a sample, and everything else is built around it. I was tryna go for a [Notorious B.I.G.'s 1994 single] "Juicy" feel with this track, and everything on it is one-hundred percent original. I sent the beat to K.R.I.T, and he sent it back with two verses. I wanted to put someone else on the record, someone that sounds right with K.R.I.T. Based on my chemistry with Freddie Gibbs from working together in the past, it only made sense to put him on it. I feel like Gibbs put a different perspective on the song, too.

I knew it was the first record I wanted to put out once I heard it. It has a positive energy to it ... I think it was something people weren't expecting from me, especially since most of my [music] is East Coast, underground sounding stuff. It's just a whole different sound.

Statik Selektah is an East Coast-based DJ, producer and CEO of Showoff Records. His latest album, Population Control, is set to be released on October 25.

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