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Statik Selektah On The Making Of Joey Bada$$ & J. Cole’s “Legendary”

Apr 172017

Longtime Joey Bada$$ collaborator and Monster Energy artist Statik Selektah recently linked up with the Brooklyn MC once again for “Legendary,” a cut off Joey’s sophomore album ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$. Statik Selektah gives us insight into how the “Legendary” beat was created in this breakdown from his home studio. He explains how it all started with a sample of “Thembisa – The People” by South African jazz musician Andile Yenana and was built upon from there adding tuned 808’s, keys and vocal samples from Joey himself.

“(The original sample) Came from my man Cas. He’s a crazy kid man, he goes to the library and gets all these Jazz CDs and studies them. It ended up being this South African Jazz CD and ah…it’s very rare”

“I’m doing my radio show, and Joey’s like ‘Yo, I got a surprise for you,’” Statik recalled. “And J. Cole walks in and we just kicked it for a while, and it’s a unit now. I think Cole was gonna get on a different record, I think ‘For My People,’ or one of those other songs on the album. I wanted to drop it in January because me, Cole, and Joey are all born in the same week and hook says ‘Getting better every January it’s very scary.’ Because it’s important, we all Aquarius babies.” – Statik Selektah


He also explained that as soon as Joey cut the record, Nas‘ manager reached out to try and lock down the beat.