Statik Selektah is unquestionably one of the most consistent, creative beatmakers active today, and on his new track with Baltimore native son Ellis, he proves once again that his ear for vintage-tinged sounds is dialed in to a hair’s breadth of perfection. The two have just released the one-off cut “Super Conscious,” in which both artist’s perform at the top of their game, Statik laying down ominous keyboards and vocals reminiscent of a certain Jay Electronica cut (or are we just crazy?), over all of which the MC goes wild. “They say they want content / I give ’em substance in abundance,” he jabs before rattling off a roster of enlightened-minded rappers, reminding us all all once more of the social progress owed to hip-hop. The Wu Tang Clan, A Tribe Called Quest, Tupac, Kanye West, Black Star, Mos Def, The Roots, Outkast, Public Enemy, Nas, Common, De La Soul, Gang Starr, DMX (“what!?!”) and many others all get shouted out by Ellis.
“Super Conscious” is being released in order to whet appetites for Ellis’s upcoming LP Ocean Grown, which is due to drop later this summer. In a video that reveals the behind-the-scenes making of the track, Selektah details his process of finding and deploying the tiny ad-lib samples that accompany each reference within Ellis’s rap.
Listen to “Super Conscious” below and stay alert for more information on Selektah’s next move as well as Ellis’s Ocean Grown disc. Then, watch the behind the scenes vlog below.