Sev Statik – Hunting Down Fiends, Crushing Balls and Smashing Barriers

5 May

LIKE BUTTER ON YOUR MASHED POTATOES –

I’m from Upstate New York’s Capital District, born in Schenectady to be exact. I guess at one time Schenectady was a great place to live. That’s what my mom used to tell me at least. It was the epicenter of activity, Proctors Theater, Union College, General Electric, the Stockade, Erie Canal, so much history. People would travel from all over the area just to hang out at the strip on the weekends.

The neighborhoods had that oldschool flavor. Today some people might compare it to segregation, back then it was just different cultures with common interests. They were all working class Americans with families. 

The Italians had their spot, the Polish had theirs, you get the picture. Folks would get together at parks for community events and such, the Knights of Columbus Hall, churches, whatever . . . but they all lived in their own distinct areas where they shared cultural similarities, like Chinatown for instance.

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Sure there was some bigots you can’t escape that part, but mostly, everybody contributed to the shared vision and it grew. The Capital District used to be the pivot force in the state for traditional American values. There were Mom and Pop stores everywhere, it was a thriving community brimming with activity.

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There were street gangs, but they were small, confrontation was pretty rare.  Most dudes weren’t packin’ heat, they used fists, chains, knives and stuff like that.  There were no, “drivebys”.  If you had beef you met someplace and banged it out, so violence was pretty rare.

There was some drug activity, but it was mostly pot and pills.  Heroin addicts were few and far between and were looked down on by everybody.  They just hung together out of site in groups here and there hiding from the open shame.  

Not even the mob would mess with the hard stuff, they were “business men”.  Well, you know what I mean lol.

Things have changed since then believe it.

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I won’t go into all the reasons why, I’d have to write a book.  Suffice it to say that old school flavor is ancient history.  There’s still some areas that are nice, but you’ve gotta be rich to afford the taxes.  

Middle class families are moving away in droves, leaving a vacuum that’s bein’ filled with foulness and funk like you wouldn’t believe.  The rich that do live there (outside of the city) have tried to give it a facelift to attract new businesses . . . we’ll see. 

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The violent crime rate is rising (about thirty murders a month on average), the police department is always under investigation by the FBI, crack houses, burnouts, thugs, prostitution, you name it.  There’s no hiding anymore.  It’s just keeps getting worse, kinda like an overused snot rag.  There’s no place else to blow so you just keep it in your pocket and hope you don’t need it (sorry😀). 

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It used to be exclusive to “Hamilton Hill”, that was where all the criminal activity was centralized at one point.  However with the breakdown of the family and the sociopolitical policies that have been put into place locally, it’s fast becoming an unstoppable monstrosity of greed and corruption that will probably look a lot like Detroit in a decade or two.

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Albany is much worse.  It’s about 20 minutes away, depending on traffic and again,  so much history . . . such a waste of resources.  Families dyin’ and rotting on the vine, all that.  

Most of us don’t realize the carnage left behind when we decide to disengage and go reinvent ourselves someplace else.  So like Schenectady, the rich that still live in the area are trying desperately to prop up what’s left, with modest success. Same story, different cast of characters.  We’ll end on that note.

The bottom line is this, these kinda cities are in desperate need of courageous heads with attitude!

Enter my dude, Sev Statik, the “Point Man” aka Mr 518.

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Dude has been blazing for a good minute, leaving a vapor trail of hotness everywhere he goes; workin’ with all kinda artists, major labels and indie reps.  He’s on the front lines of the cultural battle we’re all facing, an encouragement to many, including me personally.  He keeps it real, doesn’t mind engaging.  It’s what this whole thing is all about.

The majority of his material is birthed out of real life drama, things he’s either experienced or has seen in the lives of others around him.  I’d describe him as a head with a truly authentik flavor bursting with organik hip hop wizardry; a brilliant display of super Kolorific badassery with plenty of heart to match.

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He’s a member of the “Tunnel Rats” crew in the 518 and also “Deepspace 5″, sharing the stage with performers like Smif-n-Wessun, KRS-1, Rhymesayers, Brand Nubian, Theory Hazit, Redman Mobb Deep, Talib Kweli, Dilated Peoples, Manchild, Playdough, Big Shame, Supastition and E, the list goes on and on, dude has paid his dues.  Here’s a little something to get you started, the rest is on you.  He ain’t hard to find, trust.

A note from SEV STATIK: “I put out music because I love my fans and this art. The business of music is a different beast so, I keep it independent for the most part. I’ve been rhyming before I was a teenager so doing this for about 2 decades is something to talk about. I won’t retire. There will be no ceremony. Nothing effects my urge to spit or quit. I have a talent and I want to share it. Plain and simple. Match my grind… then multiply it. That’s how it should be done. We’re not here that long, so make sure you leave a legacy. Respek”

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2 Responses to “Sev Statik – Hunting Down Fiends, Crushing Balls and Smashing Barriers”

  1. acne cyst May 23, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

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    • paulaldendotcom June 26, 2017 at 4:20 pm #

      Been a minute, laid this down, had some tragedies unfold. Good lookin out bro 👊😯

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