From Pete Rock & CL Smooth to PRhyme, some of the best Hip-Hop projects have been anchored by one rapper and one producer. Further proving that point is the Long Island rhyme-slinger, and U.S. Army Veteran, TYP-ILL, who connects with Boom bap aficionado Statik Selektah, for the release of their collaborative effort, ‘Veterans Day,’ released just in time to coincide with the national holiday.
Backed by stellar production from his collaborator, Typ delivers what he calls his finest project to date. And although he may spit some bars with an air of braggadocio, his words are always sincere and heartfelt. At a time when so many other artists’ authenticity is questionable (at best), you have to respect the man’s no-bullsh*t attitude. Statik echoes that sentiment: “Typ is dope because he tells true war stories, yet he’s still dope as an artist. No gimmicks here.”
Beyond complementing one another sonically, Typ says that the producer pushed him to “absolutely” bring his best work to the studio. “Statik’s reputation alone made me want to take my time writing,” he says. “He also made me feel obligated to nail my verses.” ‘Veterans Day’ is now available through every major digital retailer/streaming service, and can be purchased on CD, courtesy of Fat Beats. This is Typ’s moment. This is ‘Veterans Day.’