Album Review | Hip-Hop

Statik Selektah and Action Bronson, ‘Well-Done’

Lawrence-born producer Statik Selektah has crafted tracks for nearly every credible East Coast lyricist over the past several years, and his sample-based modern boom-bap beats find a natural partner in Queens rapper Action Bronson’s bawdy charisma. Delivered in breathless slang-laced verses, Bronson paints darkly funny pictures of street-level New York life. On “Cocoa Butter,’’ backed by Statik’s horns and crisp snares, he declares himself “the Leslie Nielsen of the weed and the word.’’ Action’s gritty charm and nimble wordplay recall the bodega-superhero exploits of Ghostface Killah, able to deliver aggressive posturing (the monstrous posse cut “Terror Death Camp’’) and bitter heartbreak (“Love Letter’’) without sounding forced. “Well-Done’’ is unapologetically steeped in the classic East Coast sound, but in Statik the album has the perfect maestro. From the funky horn bump of “Keep Off the Grass’’ to the intoxicating vibe of “White Silk,’’ Statik serves up Action’s verses over superb beats that should keep hungry fans satiated for months. (Out today)


ESSENTIAL “White Silk’’