Still 1982: Statik Selektah & Termanology talk new album & Toronto hip-hop
Coming hot off the heels of the release of their latest project, Still 1982, we caught up with New York-based duo Termanology and Statik Selektah to get one-on-one with them about the new album and their thoughts on Toronto’s hip-hop scene.
We recently featured the album, along with the video for the Kendra Foster-assisted “Still,” which was shot by NyjTheOfficial on a recent trip to Havana. A few days ago, they dropped more visual support for the album, enlisting WatsynBeatz Productions to direct the UFO Fev-assisted “Haunted” (S/O Dilln Whytes).
Check out the “Still” video and our Q&A with Statik and Term below.
Q&A: Statik Selektah & Termanology
HipHopCanada: You were originally planning to just release a single, why did you guys decide to put out an album?
Statik Selektah: We had a lot of content on us and when we went through it, we pulled from similar themes and songs we thought would work well for a body of work.
HipHopCanada: How would you describe the sound of the album?
Statik Selektah: It has a New York boom-bap feel, but we weaved in other things so that there’s something for everyone. Hip-hop has so many sounds so we wanted to add in songs that all generations of hip-hop can really fuck with.
HipHopCanada: How has it been, evolving your sound as an artist? Have you found it challenging?
Termanology: It’s what you have to do to stay in it. Hip-hop grows and changes and if you’re a hip-hop artist you grow and change too.
Statik Selektah: We’ll always keep true to who we are as [artists] at the core, but we move into different lanes too with our sound and stay open to how we choose beats, what we write about, you know?
HipHopCanada: What’s your point of view on the hip-hop scene in Toronto? What do you think of the music coming out of here?
Termanology: Dope artists coming out of your city.
Statik Selektah: Good to see talent in that city being recognized. I have lots of contacts and friends in Toronto, [I] was there not too long ago. What’s coming out of Toronto – Canada even – is good and I think will just get better.
HipHopCanada: So, what’s next for you guys? Plans to work with any Canadian artists?
Termanology: We’re always working, always creating, always in the studio. What’s next? We’re already working on it. We [are] always open to seeing what a collab with another artist could look and sound like.
Statik Selektah: Long as it’s a good fit and we want to go in the same direction, we’re always down to connect and see how things go.