By this fifth time around, Statik Selektah has engineered his solo albums to run like well-oiled machines, pumping out sample-based boom-bap instrumentals and inviting a massive crew of hip-hop’s finest MCs to suitably destroy them. “Extended Play” doesn’t change that formula, but rather tweaks it in interesting ways. After the exhausting “Population Control,” Statik goes back to basics here, with a darker and grittier sound and a roster of mostly East Coast underground heavyweights both veteran and rookie. Smif-N-Wessun link with New York upstarts Flatbush Zombies over the glitch-happy horns on “Camouflage Dons,” while Joey Bada$$ holds his own when placed between Raekwon and Black Thought on “Bird’s Eye View,” though the latter catches the church revival vibe best with an incendiary verse full of fire and brimstone. The wheezy synth and needle pops of “Pinky Ring,” featuring a revived Prodigy of Mobb Deep, and Freddie Gibbs’s lethal presence on “Make Believe” are further highlights of an album that solidifies Statik’s legacy rather than reshapes it. Hearing Sean Price crush bars alongside suburban sensation Mac Miller on “21 & Over” is admittedly jarring at first, but Statik’s ability to bridge generations is the most important addition to his formula. (Out Tuesday)
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