Stat Quo - Statlanta

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At first glance, Statlanta shows little sign of having retained much of its originally-intended content. Frequent Aftermath collaborators Needlz, Focus... and Sha Money all offered their production services, giving a possible glimpse on what could've been

When Hip Hop heads think of delayed albums, the go-to example is Dr. Dre’s now-mythical Detox. But a more overlooked instance – earning the dubious distinction of being delayed nearly as long as Dre’s third LP – happens to have begun in the house that the good doctor built. This very piece is a testament to Stat Quo's Statlanta’s seemingly endless delays, since this is at least the third time in as many years I’ve been assigned to write this review.

Much has changed since 2003, when only 50 Cent preceded Stat Quo in being an artist signed to both Shady and Aftermath Records. The label’s well-documented dominance until 2006 was followed by a period of just-as-well-documented listlessness. Maybe it was the music industry’s dwindling sales; maybe it was Eminem’s battle with drugs. Or maybe Shady/Aftermath no longer had faith in its roster. Whatever the reason, Stat decided things were headed nowhere fast, and in 2008, the Atlanta rapper took his project elsewhere. But the question remains: is this the same Statlanta fans would’ve gotten had he stayed with Em and Dre?


The appropriately-titled “The Beginning” takes the listener to Statlanta in epic fashion. Thunderous bass and synth choruses accompany Stat as he gets down to the nitty gritty from the get go with a somber delivery: “This is Statlanta with no Em and no Dre / Just nothing but the mothafuckin’ A (okay) / They can’t keep him away, he’s too resourceful / Gettin’ that gwap with the glock by my torso / Young terror from the crack era / I turn never into a guarantee, God speaks through me / This is my bio, read my life / Tune your ears to my soul, let the music bring light / No hype, no gimmicks, Obie told me / There’s no love in this game, most niggas sold D.”

A welcome addition to just about any Rap album is Marsha Ambrosius, and “Welcome Back” is a testament to that fact. The soulful track is a departure from the one that preceded it, but Stat capably rhymes over the silky-smooth beat. “Ghetto U.S.A.” is similarly laid back, and has Statlanta, three tracks in, on its way to something special. Sadly, Stat Quo can’t resist the requisite “thug-love” song. More “Karma” than “Bar Trap,” “Dedicated” finds its place among hundreds of other half-assed cuts about the opposite sex.

“Success (Back to U)” serves as Statlanta’s lead single, and it’s easy to tell why. Producer Phonix does his best Dr. Dre impressions with simple piano and string progressions over satisfying drum claps, while Stat talks shit: “Me and success, we make a pretty fine couple.” “Catch Me” is instantly forgettable with its regrettable '80s-synth aspirations and, while “Cry” covers admirable subject matter, the execution just isn’t there. Nice guest spots by Raheem DeVaughn and Devin The Dude (“Lie to You”) and Talib Kweli (“Alright” ) help elevate the album on the back end, only to be dragged down by “What I Like,” with is typical subject matter and “Drop the World” knock-off beat.

At first glance, Statlanta’s tracklist shows little sign of having retained much of its originally-intended content. Frequent Aftermath collaborators Needlz, Focus… and Sha Money XL all offered their production services, giving a possible glimpse on what could’ve been. But, ultimately, how close this album is to the version that could’ve dropped in ’04 is irrelevant. What is relevant is that Statlanta went from an ensemble cast potential smash to a one-man show that still carries his gifts, even if the second half of the album loses steam. "What could have been" turns a solid page into "what will be."

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  • "What could have been"

    2000 Signing of D12 Signing of Obie Trice 2001 D12 - Devil's Night Obie Trice - Cheers 2002 Signing of 50 Cent Eminem - The Eminem Show Soundtrack - 8 Mile 2003 50 Cent - Get Rich or Die Tryin' Obie Trice - Second Round's on Me Signing of Stat Quo 2004 D12 - D12 World Stat Quo - Statlanta Eminem - Encore 2005 50 Cent - The Massacre Eminem - Curtain Call: The Hits Signing of Bobby Creekwater Stat Quo - Quo City 2006 Signing of Ca$his Obie Trice - Bottoms Up Eminem Presents: The Re-Up Bobby Creekwater - The B.C. Era [EP] 2007 Ca$his - The County Hound EP Bobby Creekwater - A Brilliant Mistake 50 Cent - Curtis Stat Quo - Smokin Mirrors 2008 Ca$his - Loose Cannon Obie Trice - Special Reserve Stat Quo & Bobby Creekwater - The South Got Something to Say [EP] 2009 Stat Quo - The Status Report Eminem - Relapse Signing of Slim da Mobster Ca$his - Shady Loyalty 1st 50 Cent - Before I Self Destruct Eminem - Relapse Refill 2010 Bobby Creekwater - The Birth of a Dictator Eminem - Recovery D12 - Devil's Night 2 Signing of Slaughterhouse Obie Trice - Bar Shots 2011 Ca$his - Youth in Asia Slaughterhouse - Padded Room 50 Cent - Black Magic Slim da Mobster - Project Monster

  • Antonio Valenzuela

    This album is hot.. Sat Could be one of the best Lyricist out of ATL ever

  • Anonymous

    i was expecting more :/ its still ok

  • Kay W

    Can't say there was 1 song I liked on this album , but I can't say they're really wack neither, only thing positive I can say about this shamely high anticipated piece of garbage

  • biggrease187

    This a good cd, I was very suprised. Prior to this I never was a fan of Stat or any of the MC's out of Em's camp (besides Em himself). Being from the South, it's good to know everybody's not making up silly dances, ball out of control in strip clubs or moving 30 bricks while in the studio and doing promo tours. This is honest hip-hop. Please don't sleep on this one folks.

  • 22speace

    Dope, Catch Me was fire, Don't know what DX was talkin bout on that one.

  • warpath

    Dope album. Track 11 is ok but dope album as hell. He spits some real shit.

  • Black Adder

    Is this the cat who made be easy ? That joint was knocking, Jake One gave him a heater...

  • Tdotfromdabronx

    Mediocre which kind of disappointed me since I have been waiting for Statlanta for so long, to me it just sounded like one of his mixtapes with out a dJ....

  • SWADE

    Don't know why everyone is trying to make beef between Stat, Em & Dre! They all should be given props for what they did/doing. I mean Dre & Em still make a big impact on hip hop today and Stat man'd up and took it upon himself to release his album which is dope! Any of you dumb fucks trying to make comparisons don't know what the fuck you talkin bout b/c they all still work together, make good music and are true to their music!!!!! You dick suckas should stay listenin to Drake & Kayne and leave real hip hop alone!!!

  • haha

    havent heard it yet so wont rate but back when it was suppose to come out in 2004 i couldnt wait for it but he probably had to remake this album like 4 times so i dont expect it to be all that good but glad to see it finally got released

  • herbsaac

    this dude had to wait 6 years.. 6!!!! to put out an album after Shady aftermath started caring about only three acts.. This albu is tight but remember that beat and the verse(that was only a snippet for a long while then the whole thing came out and went like this) = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBTXVOhsUxg we coulda had a whole cd like that.. but nooooooooooo jimmy iovine thought he couldnt make money with these guys.. he was so wrong

  • war22

    this album is fuckin dope.. thats all i can say

  • LIFE ACCORDIN' TO DUTCH

    THIS ALBUM IS VERY DECENT...AND HOW LONG HAS EMINEM AND DRE BEEN WASHED UP..REAL TALK..WHO CARES IF DRE GOT A BEAT ON HERE..IM CONVICED HE DOESNT EXISTIM NOT GO..AND EMINEM...IM NOT GOIN THERE WITH U LAMES BECAUSE U THINK HE THE MESSIAH(WHITE JESUS)..WHEN IN REALITY IF EMINEM HAD BEEN ANY NUMBER OF DUDES WHO DIDNT RELEASE QUALITY MATERIAL IN OVER HALF A DECADE..HE WOULD BE CONSIDERED WASHED UP...AS FOR STAT QUO..THE INTRO ALONE WAS WORTH THE WAIT..FUC OUTTA HERE..AND WHAT I LIKE IS A STRIP CLUB BANGER..SOUNDS NOTHIN LIKE DROP THE WORLD AND THERE IS A SECRET DISTASTE FOR DOWN SOUTH MUSIC ON HIPHOPDX RECENTLY..ITS ALL GOOD MUSIC...

    • sdfasdfasd

      That's an example of how great Shady is.....IF IT WAS ANYONE ELSE......said it yourself.

    • NUCCA

      GTFOH racist ass nigga stfu yo mommas titties is washed up wit my man juice

    • 1shotty

      man you suck dick thats all i have to say just cuz u like southern rap (shit is elementary) duznt mean u gotta hate on legends like dre and em. LEGENDS. thats what they are. ur just a dick sucker who likes to suck dick.

  • C-Arson

    Stat Quo should of released an album right along the Aftermath/G-unit wave with mobb deep, Game, Yayo, Banks, and Buck, shame. Good album but but long wait, hard to life up to the hype. Where's the Reformation??

    • IDIOT

      YOU SUCK. "HARD TO LIFE UP TO THE HYPE" IT'S LIVE YOU RETARD. "GOOD ALBUM BUT BUT LONG WAIT" YOU ARE REALLY DUMB. PLEASE GET SMARTER.

  • gurilla jones

    eh,i guess its kinda sad when you sit on the shelf because nobody knows how he may have been received by the public.With that being said i heard him and hes boring nothing about him stands out,nothing about him makes me root for him to win.His name is stat quo for god sakes!!names are important even when they're not your real name!!naming companies is important,naming kids is important to they're character.Hes the average tattooed,looser goon with some slick talk and average beats.Theres already a butthole full of these guys on deck and in the back of the bus waiting for their turn to screw kat stacks and blow some cali weed.Eh when you got thousands selling the same shit,then we can pick and choose who we the consumer like or don't like.Good luck finding a job with all those tats bro!!

  • Trusttee

    I have no clue what ya'll smokin but this album is dope. I been rockin this at the gym for a few days now and its pure hip hop; something the south needs to put out more. Anyways, up that score HHDX - 3.5 is low!

  • CHAMA

    his shit is hot .... he can handle by his own doesnt matter if isnt shady/aftermath STAT QUO IS DA MAN

  • CHAMA

    this shit is hot .... he can handle by his own doesnt matter if is shady/aftermath STAT QUO IS DA MAN

  • TELL THE WORLD MY NAME

    THIS ALBUM ISN'T TERRIBLE, BUT IT DOES NEED WORK BECAUSE ITS AVERAGE & MONOTONOUS. DEFINITELY WASN'T WORTH THE WAIT, BUT HE DOES SHOW SIGNS OF POTENTIAL. 3/5

  • Kay W

    garbage , 3 songs are aight but that's it, I don't understand how rappers can put albums out like this , how can you be proud about this shit , especially when stat quo is been bitchin about stalanta for years , get allot better or quit that's my advice

  • pienman

    git em stat.... its good to see the ablum out! its on to the next one as Jay- hova said,.... git that gwop homie

  • THE REAL#1STAN

    fuckin garbage

  • Gods_Son23

    Solid, loses some steam after alright though.

  • blackwallguerilla

    A damn solid album, worth more than a 3.5 so Im bumping its score

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  • Statlanta

    Awesome album. Thank you Stat Quo

  • KillaKa

    Yeah, Kinda disapointing that it took 5 years to drop, for THIS...what Happened with the Dre Production!!!?? the only track I liked was "Cry", and it seems people have different favorite tracks hahaha. No hate...but I know Stat can do waaaaay better! give it a 3. it was like a 'Meh'. Hope s 2nd album impresses me!!!

  • ts5000

    i think this album is wack it took like 5 years to come out it should've been released on shady with the original tracklisting here we go was a dope track

  • AronBarron

    How is this a better album than Pilot Talk? Even the review itself knocks this album way more than the Pilot talk review knocked it.

  • luckelucciano

    Outstanding Album!..how can you not call this Hip Hop!

    • luckelucciano

      tho i feel it coulda been uh larger project but still for tha tracks it has fuhking dope album!

  • I'm at work and bored

    Very disappointing. Sounds like he made this album over a weekend. Success is the only track I like on this album

  • TheBigD

    Its okay really liked "Allright & Catach me"

  • Au Pied De Cochon

    My Thoughts On This Album: They're making a butter sauce reduction from our sweaty ass cheeks, and stuffing fermented cheese streudel up our asses. Buttering myself up in front of the mirror, slathering myself with Alex Femenia's Hot Cock Sauce while staring back at my massive man ass while I jerk my cock into oblivion.

  • mwl1119

    Wow he drops Eminem, Dre , and Obie's name within a minute of this album. Did Game ghost write this shit? Decent CD tho.

  • pimpinatl

    negro be sceaming about quality hip hop, lyrics, the basic! especially these so called east coast cats with their book bags. well stat dropped a true hip hop album and where is the support! like dre said before he was 3000,'the south got something to say!'...and we still do pimpin

  • nice...

    i'm shocked this actually came out. dude was just about to completely fade into obscurity

  • hmmmmmmmmm

    so-so. his last mixtape was better