[With anticipation for his new collaborative album KXNG Crooked album arriving February 12, Slaughterhouse’s KXNG Crooked tells SOHH what sparked the project’s creation with producer Statik Selektah.]
We always rubbed shoulders at different events. I always would hear these crazy beats Statik Selektah put out and one day we were just like, “Yo, we need to really come together and do a project.”
We kept saying that and kept saying that and kept saying that until we found ourselves at a PRhyme [DJ Premier and Royce Da 5’9] show backstage and it was like, “They’re having too much fun up there. Let’s do it.”
So we just came together and did it. The album came out pretty dope. I think people are going to f*ck with it. People support both of us.
The chemistry is there.
I was personally raised on pure hip-hop so it was never a bias when I grew up out here on the West Coast. It wasn’t like I only listened to West Coast music. I listened to hip-hop across the board.
I was influenced by hip-hop across the board. I do understand that the East is the mecca of hip-hop and when you hear that high-quality traditional sound that Statik puts together, it’s very easy to just go into the booth and let the music take you where you need to go. The chemistry was just easy.
I think we both respect each other on a level where we trust each other. That’s important whenever you’re making a project: trust.
We both trust each other and both understand we’ve been through a lot of sh*t in this game, hip-hop as a whole, and we understand the culture.
We have so many things in common that it made it as easy as 1,2,3 to make a project.