In a plot twist that had the hip-hop world holding its breath, Statik Selektah, the acclaimed DJ and producer, recently made a remarkable recovery and returned to the airwaves after a sudden health scare.
Just days ago, on January 14, Statik disclosed that he had been hospitalized due to breathing difficulties, necessitating an emergency surgery. The severity of his health setback was evident, but the Shade 45 icon proved his resilience by swiftly bouncing back and announcing his return on January 18 via Instagram: “Guess who’s bizz-ack. Shade 45, I’m back outside.”
Messages of support flooded in from hip-hop heavyweights like Questlove, Sheek Louch, DJ Premier, Pharoahe Monch, and Jon Connor. Questlove’s warm welcome, “Welcome Back Good Sir! The Universe heard the good energy call,” echoed the sentiments of fans worldwide.
Although the exact nature of Statik’s health issue remains undisclosed, he shared on Instagram, “Rush into to have an emergency 1-hour surgery … 2 days later. Life gets complicated. I’m good now breathing on my own & will be back on the streets in a sec.”
The timing of Statik’s hospitalization was notably close to the release of his latest collaborative masterpiece with Bun B, TrillStatik 3. The album, recorded in an astonishing one-day session, features an impressive lineup of artists, including Benny The Butcher, Method Man, Paul Wall, Boldy James, Talib Kweli, and more.
For those who missed the live magic, a livestream of the almost 12-hour recording process is still accessible online, offering fans an exclusive look into the creative process behind TrillStatik 3.
Statik Selektah’s quick recovery and return to the spotlight serve as a testament to the strength of the hip-hop community and the resilience of its artists in the face of adversity.