Chuck D. from Public Enemy, said that Jabee’s music “has the potential to change the world.” The Oklahoma City native has toured with Run the Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P) and Murs, and has been featured on Sway in the Morning, MTV, XXL, Complex, The Source and Vibe. His first full-length album, Blood is the New Black was released in 2008. In 2013, Jabee released his second full-length album, Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt, under the guidance of hip-hop artist Murs. Black Future, the third full-length album by Jabee, was released in 2016 and recorded at Local Cuts, an Oklahoma City-based recording studio and barber shop, Jivin Studios in Tucson, and Diamond Sound Studios in Nashville. The 14-track album features guest appearances by Chuck D. from Public Enemy, Brother Ali, Propaganda, Meant2B, Allie Lauren, Ashliann Rivera, Adam Ledbetter from Adam and Kizzie, and Cookie Turner. The album title was inspired by a poem by Najah-Amatullah Hylton from Oklahoma City.
DJ Statik Selektah
Establishing his own spot among the ranks of East Coast hip-hop's seminal figures, DJ/producer Statik Selektah utilized his turntabling skills and ingenuity in PR and promotions to break some of the region's most promising artists, bearing his own influence on the national mixtape circuit. Born January 23, 1982 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Patrick Baril was exposed to production equipment at a very early age, tinkering with his parents' eight-track machine, cassette recorders, and turntable. By middle school, he was already DJ'ing school functions, but he was inspired to be a true wheels-of-steel artiste after hearing DJ Premier scratch and mix records on Funkmaster Flex's Hot 97 radio show. Soon after, at 14 years of age, he purchased his first turntables and mixer. Calling himself DJ Statik (the "Selektah" surname came later), he started to work clubs and private parties up and down the New England coast. In 2000, after living in New Hampshire, he moved back down to Massachusetts to enroll in the audio production program at Boston's New England Institute of the Arts. That same year, Selektah started putting out mixtapes, namely his Spell My Name Right series.