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Editors’ Notes

One of the hip-hop industry’s most-delayed artists, Stat Quo was signed by Dr. Dre and Eminem in 2003. Stat toiled on the underground circuit for years before finally extricating himself from his deal to release the long-delayed Statlanta in 2010. In this incarnation the album features no contributions from Eminem or Dre, but it does reignite the fire that caused them to sign Stat all those years ago. Over a beat by Drake producer Boi-1da, Stat vents his passion on “Catch Me”: “I am my mommas only child / Granny’s favorite grandson / These streets I run like the Reverend / No DMC only red dirt brethren / No good times / Raised next door to the heavens.” Statlanta is qualified not by its thug credentials but by its conviction. You can’t go through as many industry obstacles as Stat without relying on your own determination. In these songs you hear someone who is no longer rapping to get rich, but rapping because he has no choice. And while he may have lost some of Dre’s stealthy beats, they are compensated for by the world-weary soul songs “Space Ship,” “Welcome Back” and “Penthouse Condo.”

Customer Reviews

Same ol' Same

Ok we understand that you have to hustle your album to make sales. We also know you came from the gutter and flourished into this some what awesome rap artist. All that to say this- Its the same lines you would hear on the next mans album. Same story- came from nothing (The beginning), got in the game (Dedicated), became something (Success), Now I gotta ditch the haters (Catch Me), Fake it til you make it (Lie to you), Fk some hoes (What I Like), and through all that I can now buy me a kool house (Penthouse Condo) . Recycled Flows. Same Punch, just different lines. Peace down, because the hate is up. - Ravyy (hey at least its different)


Thank the lord this day has come, been waiting 6 or so years on this Album, and it was worth it. Probably the 3rd or 4th time this Cd was remade, One day hope we get all those versions back. Great work, hope this Cd shines and hits mainstream homie, It's what you deserve.

Statlanta - The Beginning

Stat Quo is one of the most underrated rappers out there. He kills on all these tracks. And now that Eminem is back working on Shady Records, I can assure everyone that Stat will only be releasing better material under Shady. Great album & definitely worth the money!


Born: Atlanta, GA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s

From the onset, Stat Quo wanted to raise the standards (i.e., the status quo) for MCs in the rap game, particularly in Southern hip-hop. Being handpicked by rap superstar Eminem and the legendary Dr. Dre as a potential up-and-comer was a definite vindication of his lofty goals. The Atlanta-born rapper, whose real name is Stanley Benton, has repeatedly acknowledged that his strong work ethic came from his mother, who raised him in Atlanta's housing projects. After graduating high school, he attended...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Hip-Hop/Rap, Music, Rap
  • Released: Jul 13, 2010
  • Parental Advisory

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