Kanye West Told Statik Selektah ‘Jazz Was Dead,’ So He Went And Made A Jazz Album

What goes around, comes around.

What do you do when Kanye West tells you that the entire premise behind your next passion project is dead as a doornail? If you’re veteran hip-hop producer Statik Selektah, you completely ignore him.

The Boston-bred DJ and producer released his sixth studio album, What Goes Around, on Tuesday (August 19), and based the entire LP’s musical backbone on old jazz samples. For Statik, it’s a hat tip to the hip-hop producers that he grew up idolizing, like DJ Premier and Pete Rock.

In March 2010, Statik was invited to one of Kanye West’s infamous My Beautiful Dark Fantasy recording sessions in Hawaii, and at the suggestion of Nas, played one particular jazz-infused beat for Yeezy.

“The first beat I played him was the Nas one; Kanye sat there and listened for like 10 seconds and he pressed stop and he was like: ’It’s cool, but jazz is dead,'” Statik recalled during an interview with MTV News. “I was just happy to be there, but the way he said that to me always stuck in mind. This album was definitely inspired by that.”

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