Tuesday, June 15, 2010

So Close, So Far

Statik Selektah is one of the few DJs adding something to hip hop these days. His studio albums have been filled with MC collaborations that I actually care about. He did the best tribute to Guru (of the ones I've heard) for his radio show on Shade 45. He cuts and scratches instead of just screaming over records or throwing in his name drops, and he cooks up unique instrumentals for artists to rhyme over.

"So Close, So Far" featuring Bun B, Wale, and Colin Munroe is probably my favorite track off of his newest album, 100 Proof The Hangover (especially since I'm such a fan of Munroe these days - apparently I'm not the only one as he has appeared on a shit ton of hip hop records in the last year). The song has Bun and Wale just rhyming about real life shit over a nicely structured melody with a short, but addicting sax sample, and Munroe rounding it out on the hook. It's a great song and the video could have been something special too if it stuck to the realism in the words.

But, sadly Statik instead decides to ignore the meaning of the song and act out a laughable situation to feed his ego, in which he cheats on his wife/girlfriend (who is out of his league) with another woman he meets at work (who is also out of his league). The video has absolutely nothing to do with the song, and Statik playing ladies' man is just not at all believable. I guess he just wanted to pretend he could get any chick he wanted for three minutes. I can't fault him for that. But, he could have at least shot this nonsense to go along with a song about cheating on your woman.

That's my rant for the day. The video is below if you feel like laughter and disappointment all at once.

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