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Statik Selektah has joined the Roc. The Boston-native, who has worked with the likes of Eminem, Nas, Action Bronson, and Joey Bada$$, has signed a management deal with Roc Nation. The DJ/producer has been a cornerstone in hip-hop over the past decade, collaborating with rap’s biggest stars and more recently working closely with Joey Bada$$ during his successful rise.

A lot of the people up there was familiar with what I was doing. I played some music and it just all came together really good,” Statik tells Billboard, speaking how the deal came together. “The whole staff up there is exactly what I need for my movement to go to the next level. I think I bring my own flavor of what I do as well.”

Along with preparing his new album 8 set to drop later this year, Statik reveals he has a project with 2 Chainz on the way. The two previously worked on the song “Smoke Break” released last year. Click below where Statik speaks on that project, his own album, and more.

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Congrats on signing a management deal with Roc Nation. How did everything come together?
“I’ve known [Roc Nation management rep] Kristi [Clifford] over there for a long time and she had mentioned my name. My name came up in a meeting when they were talking about The LOX. I wasn’t on the last LOX album and Kristi spoke up and said that [I’m] on the next one, so it kind of started a conversation and we started throwing out ideas with me coming up [to Roc Nation]. A lot of the people up there was familiar with what I was doing. I played some music and it just all came together really good. The whole staff up there is exactly what I need for my movement to go to the next level. I think I bring my own flavor of what I do as well.”

What you are trying to accomplish with your move to Roc Nation?
“Honestly, I wanna pick my placement game up. I’ve worked with everybody from Eminem to 2 Chainz to Nas — a lot more recently with Nas. I’ve been in the studio with him. The next level to me is like being on every album that comes out that matters. I grew up looking up to DJ Premier, who would have the illest hip-hop joint on everybody’s album. That’s exactly what I want to do. I’ve been doing it for a little while, especially with the new cats like Joey Bada$$ and Action Bronson, but I’m trying to cover the whole spread — that includes other kinds of music, too. I want to do more R&B, more reggae, everything.”

You’ve mentioned being in the studio with Nas. What’s the latest on his new album?
“Some of it is top secret but I will tell you that he’s working on Fashawn’s album. He’s signed to Nas’ label Mass Appeal. They got a new studio over [at the Mass Appeal office], so I’ve been going over there and working with him. Nas has been working on this album for a long time so at any given moment, he can change his mind. I’m not even really sure where he stands with the album, but I will tell you that we have some joints in the stash. So, hopefully, one of those either makes that, or I know that Lost Tapes 2 is eventually coming out. It’s just if the vibes are right.”

Your album 8 is slated for a late summer release. What can we expect in terms of artists and sounds on the new project?
“I’m really excited about it. I’ve been really stepping up my game musically. You know, you can expect that Statik sound, but it’s just a lot bigger. I got 2 Chainz on there. Me and him have a project that’s dropping really soon. Of course, the fam like Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Termanology, Run the Jewels, The LOX, Wale, Black Thought, Raekwon, Freddie Gibbs, Westside Gunn and Conway — who just signed to Shady Records. I’ve been messing with them since the beginning. I’m really excited about that. G-Eazy, Royce Da 5’9′, and obviously, the late, great Sean Price. You know, me and Sean have been close so I’m happy I got something underneath for this one.”

You and 2 Chainz have a project on the way. What did he bring to the table that amazed you the most as an artist?
“He’s been killing features and his own records for a long time. When you hear these records, it’s just so different. No one has ever done what he did with this project. First of all, he’s rapping like he’s from Brooklyn. It’s just very New York. Basically, a down South guy made a New York album, so I’m excited for that.”

Do you have a name for the project?
“Yeah, we got a name, but I gotta let Chainz announce that one.”

Previously: Statik Selektah & 2 Chainz – “Smoke Break”