Termanology & Statik Selektah - 1982

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The first official full-length from the longtime tandem shows a polished offering of what Rap fans have always known, while there is a ways to become Pete & CL.

It’s hard to picture a time in which Statik Selektah and Termanology weren’t working together. Both hailing from Lawrence, Massachusetts, Statik and Term have built up a mutual musical repertoire that rivals any top current producer/emcee pair. Fittingly, the two come together for their first collaborative album 1982, a title that represents their shared year of birth.  

With little wavering from Statik on the production side, the album undoubtedly becomes Termanology’s to surrender on the lyrical tip. Making an early statement on the album-opening track “The World Renown,” he relentlessly spits for nearly straight five minutes without losing focus. Known for his venerable mixtape background, Termanology holds his own against seasoned rappers Saigon, Xzibit and Freeway on the cipher-like cuts “Goin Back” and “Life Is What You Make It.” He also shows off his, ahem, versatility on the salaciously soulful record “Wedding Bells.” Backed by supporting vocals from new-coming crooner Jared Evan, Term transforms his usual street persona into a savvy bedroom partner for the girl that takes the intimate moments a little too seriously.

At times 1982 feels like a continuance of Statik Selektah’s compilation series rather than an exclusive project between the two Massachusetts-natives. As would be expected, Termanology is present on each record with a verse or two for good measure. However, the additional clutter of a dozen-plus features voids any likelihood of treating this as a “one producer, one emcee” album. Also, it doesn’t help that Term gets outshined on a handful of tracks, such as “Thugathon 2010” and “You Should Go Home.” On the former record, Lil Fame and Billy Danze of M.O.P. take command of a boom bap banger from Statik that resurrects the raw demeanor of yesteryear. Though valiant in his efforts, Termanology’s verse sounds polite in comparison. Then on “You Should Go Home,” he and Bun B go into "bros before hoes" mode. However, where Bun B plays the position well (“Just ‘cause I’m settled down don’t mean I’m not still trill / I went out before you and after you I still will”), Termanology’s performance (“You see me talking to her, I ain’t necessarily gettin’ it on / I could be talking to her about Sierra Leone or maybe my cologne”) comes off as unconvincing.

Though few and far between, the inclusion of engaging lyricism is something that could benefit Termanology in the future. Such is the case on “Freedom,” where he presents the consequences behind the loss of direction for second generation Puerto Rican-Americans. Taking it back to his own block, “The Hood Is On Fire” describes the dissolute conditions in which he came up under. Fearing for his future yet unable to break cyclical fate, he raps, “There’s no such thing as equal opportunity / People in my community usually under scrutiny / Truthfully son its lunacy, root for me the one soon to be / Brutally gunned down by a police cruiser that shoot at me.”

With their sights set on becoming the Pete Rock & CL Smooth or Gang Starr of the 21st century, 1982 isn’t quite the game changer Statik Selektah and Termanology sell from the beginning. Still, their overall body of work over the years has yet to disappoint, with this album fitting nicely into their progression. As a result, we may very well see these two become the figureheads of the Boston Hip Hop scene.


  • Anonymous

    started listening to them last summer I was alil iffy then I looked into it to listen to them got their album dam breh their lyrics.. dam all I have to say is HIP HOP IS BACK

  • Anonymous

    Album Is Worth The Purchase!

  • kylism

    Who the fuck is this author??? Term "holding his own with siagon"??? nigga please! this kid HAS BEEN a fixture in all of hiphop, not just the BEAN!!! raw lyrics, raw beats!!! I guess thats to much these dayz!!! This album is 4.5 mics in my opinion. This author should buck himself!

  • Balls

    Wow, wut a surprise! Another dissapointment. Statik, c'mon son!! I think ur beats are actuall getting worse, no joke. These beats are so goddamn average it's sick. There's like 3 or 4 tracks that are decent but other than that, this was ridiculously dissapointing....

  • Rich

    this is dope! damn, i think i just had a flashback to when hip hop meant something. this album and that aloe blacc got me feeling nostalgic

  • calibeatbox420

    Damn that Cali good must be floatin around the country cuz y'all smokin if u hate on this, not the best but a lot doper then a lot of shit out there....Solar....Damn u aint smokin good, u smokin that Tyronne Biggums shit.... Dope beats dope rhymes....stop hatin

  • tibedo

    Fire!!! Thats all I can say. What the hell are ya'll on up there with these weak ass reviews?

  • jack johnson

    wow i can't believe this only got a 3.5 rating, this is easily one of the best albums this year. this album shouldn't have anything less than 4 stars

  • TheRealFree

    This album is Dope and Statik Selektah will KILL Gay ass Solar. How can you compare whack solar to the Selektah bruh??? MC Fucktoe(Whack Name) you need to stick to Drake n Wayne and leave this real Hip Hop to the REAL heads naw mean!

  • j

    in the top 10 albums of 2010

  • mc fucktoe

    statik selektah fuckin sucks. artists kiss his ass cuz he slave grinds the radio and he has supreme network skills. his beats fuckin suck. termanology fuckin sucks. hes a rican leprechaun playing pun in a movie thats not real. this album will put a crackhead to sleep. statik is the opposite of spectacular. solar would fuckin slay this chump in a beat battle, dead serious. album gets 2 star for effort they both tried their best.

    • MuffDiver

      look at this fags facebook!hahaha you wack as fuck bro your nothin but a dik-riddin wayne fuk boy and your women in Minnesota can't hold they liquor, was in Vegas this past weekend, met a bitch from Minnesota, and she straight fell off the bar stool all fukered up!

    • jack johnson

      i've never been a statik selektah fan or a termanology fan and i've thought the exact same things as you in the past, that there was too much gun talk and hood talk from term and i've also thought statik was just a wannabe premier. but when i listened to this album i was very surprised because it was a lot better than i thought, term doesn't rap about the same old gun talk in this album and his lyrics are fire, his flow is one of the best there is right now. i can tell by you guys comments that neither of you have actually listened to this album and are judging it by their past songs

    • Nate Zens

      i aint even gonna lie term is obnoxiously average and statik really is just a wannabe premier, ya'll are holdin on to the past so damn hard that anything resembles it is dope to yall cuz ya'll dont believe in change apparently and no i'm not a drake fan and my momma aint on crack rock,i'm just talking real talk

    • Anonymous

      another internet gansta livin in his crack moms crib.

  • Ahmed Jawadi

    Termanology still sucks!

    • 718rob

      Absolutely agree. He might be the rapper with the biggest opinion of himself and the least amount of fans. I bought every M.O.P. album ever made, but I'm not supporting Fame for working with this wanna-b.

  • smokeylungzz

    Dope, statick goin off on the beats!!!! Neva really cared 4 term lyrics tho.....

  • no way

    these guys suck... each other. how come on same day he drops an album, statik say he got an album with AZ? that's a sign of why dudes are bullshit. no value.

  • Real Hip Hop

    Really Dope! This is what Hip Hop is missing. Skillz