Statik Selektah (born Patrick Baril) is a producer, DJ, and radio personality from Boston, Massachusetts, and one half of the duo 1982 (alongside rapper Termanology).
After being introduced to music at a young age, Statik was able to practice DJing with equipment that his parents had around the house, including an eight-track machine, cassette recorders and a turntable. Gaining experience as a DJ at his school events, this eventually paved the way for the Boston native to later begin doing radio at Phillips Exeter Academy’s WPEA, while also DJing some of their parties. Eventually, his buzz grew throughout the greater New England area, and he soon became one of the biggest DJs on the coast.
While in college in the early ‘00s, Statik began his own mixtape series as a means to spotlight the upcoming acts he consistently championed, including rapper Termanology, and in 2003 began his own PR/marketing firm Showoff. He worked with major brands and labels out of the gate, and three years later, turned the firm into an official record label. Simultaneously, Statik’s presence as a radio personality grew, and he was also placing beats with many big name acts.
Termanology’s Out the Gate LP was Showoff ‘s first release, and in 2007, Statik released his debut album, Spell My Name Right. To date, he has released eight solo albums, and over a dozen collaborative albums. His production credits include the likes of KRS One, Nas, Joey Bada$$, Foxy Brown, Bun B, Styles P, Freddie Gibbs, Curren$y, Talib Kweli and more.