REKS Says Statik Selektah Is Godfather Of His Child, Talks "Straight, No Chaser"

Exclusive: With their first collaborative full-length in stores this week, REKS explains the deep bond with he and Statik Selektah.

Massachusetts native REKS just released his latest works with fellow Showoff Records Hip Hop producer-in-charge Statik Selektah entitled Straight, No Chaser. The emcee, father, and well-known Hennessy-drinker and "2011 HipHopDX Graduate" took a few minutes to speak to HipHopDX about why Statik’s production is such a good fit for his lyrics, where his favorite place in Massachusetts to enjoy his drink of choice would be, and more.

HipHopDX: Straight, No Chaser will be the first project you put out entirely produced by Statik Selektah. What is it about his production that makes him so ideal for you to work with?

REKS: It’s a no brainer. Out of all the producers I’ve worked with throughout my career, he knows what’s best. He’s a close friend also – the Godfather of my youngest child. He has a perfect ear for what needs to come out as a REKS project.

DX: How did you and Statik meet?

REKS: He was doing a showcase in Northern Massachusetts or New Hampshire. He wasn’t looking for me, he was looking for an artist that my manager was also managing at the time. He felt my music though, and we clicked from day one. The rest is history.

DX: You got back from South By Southwest not too long ago, how did that go?

REKS: If you’re an artist trying to make it in the industry, it’s definitely the place to be. It’s a who’s who of talent out there.

DX: If you had to pick one song from your catalog to represent yourself, what would it be?

REKS: “Mr. Nobody.” It’s my most personal song to-date. It deals with what I try to dive into with all my music, which is relating to the everyday person.

DX: You also recently just returned from Europe. What’s different about doing shows out there than doing them Stateside?

REKS: In Europe the appreciation goes beyond the level of notoriety for an artist. It’s not really important, it’s more of a moot point. It’s not what people look for when they listen to the music. They adhere to a different code and are more open-minded. Be it underground or commercial, to them if it’s good music, it’s good music.

DX: The Tupac hologram is the talk of the town these days. If you could bring back a performer as a hologram for one last show, who would you bring back?

REKS: Michael Jackson. I never got to see him. I’m a big fan of Marvin Gaye but if it was for a performance, I’ll definitely say Michael Jackson.

DX: Jackson 5 Michael Jackson? Or Michael Jackson’s more recent self?

REKS: Um, neither? [Laughs] Thriller Michael. Before all the media controversy. Michael in the prime of his career.

DX: Here’s a hypothetical - you’re in your favorite place in your former home of Massachusetts, drinking Hennessy. Where are you, and how are you drinking your Hennessy?

REKS: [Laughs] I’ll probably be in the Stadium projects blasting the music. I’d go around the corner and hit the local bodega. Grab me a big joint of the Hennessy and me and my cousins would kick it. I enjoy it straight with no chaser, all day.

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12 Comments

  • Anonymous

    Reks is fucking AMAZING! By far the greatest undeground rapper with Elzhi and Wordsworth. Statiks is dope, too. Never listened to Grey Hairs?

  • Bootsy Colonoscopy

    I used to think REKS deserved better but if you're judge by the company you keep, dude is guilty of wack wack wackness. @ Anonymous, LOTS of heads think Statik is garbage and I agree. Stoupe, for example, was a master of that retro sound (too about those MCs, mostly), Statik is just horrible and the engineering on even the tolerable beats is almost aways trash. Dude's a stone loser, anyone who thinks otherwise needs to raise their standards considerably.

  • Anonymous

    I think it's that same person putting all the negative comments on the site about Statik. Did he steal your lunch money at school? Let it go.

  • hilarious

    haha, Statik has so many haters. Dude is a no-talent-ass-clown. But REKS is real. REKS should break away from Term and Statik.

  • 10

    both statik and reks are talented as hell the project it dope as is almost anything either of them has put out, fuck the hate

  • MIke Turner

    All three of these bitches above me must be Lil' Wayne dick suckas.

  • Anonymous

    reks is an embarrassment, statik is fucking horrible (all silence >>> any sounds this asshole can make) but... Guru was VERY nice (of course he had to come to BK) and Ed O.G. had some moments too. otherwise yah, fucking Boston!

    • Jayceon

      Callin Edo G. "Ed O.G." shows how much you know about your Rap, you dullard. Step your game up before you talk out of your stinkhole again. Reks is a dope rapper and I am happy he has returned from his slump years ago.

  • Alf Capone

    i dont fuck with massachusetts especially boston. cant stand the state of massachusetts with all there bean eating fucked up accent having ben affleck lovin homos. ny has no love for u niggas

    • Ben Affleck

      Actually, I did shoot my movies in Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan. But yes, that is the hood indeed. - Benny

    • Essex

      Nigga how you gon talk about Boston when you obviously never been there. Boston has boroughs just like NYC idiot. Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, that's the hood right there. Not where Ben Affleck shoots his movies fuckhead.

  • Anonymous

    REKS is pathetic in 2012. I know dude has to eat but he's as bad as these jerkoffs licking Em or Jay's asshole and at least there there is some distant hope for better than bum $$$. Statik is fucking garbage, fat lobotomized Premo biter with dogshit engineering skills and zero soul. If Statik is the 'godfather' of ANYTHING than I'm a double atheist!

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