Statik Selektah and Termanology team up as the group 1982 once again to give us a very quick EP for the summertime. This one only has 3 tracks so there really isn’t much too it. Term brings the bars as he always does doing his thing on the mic. The music is a bit more laid back and airy and has a hint of a summer vibe to it. This is a good joint to play in the convertible on your quick trip to the convenience store. A good job once again by 1982.
Statik Selektah releases a brand new project that is pretty jam-packed full of dopeness. He always goes out and recruits some of the best to bless his beats. On this go round, he employs great verses from the likes of Black Thought, Nas, Conway, Benny, Jadakiss, Styles P, Dave East, Method Man, Bun B, and tons more. The vast majority of these artists definitely do their thing on the mic and provide us with great verses. Statik is magical on the boards as well. The beats on here are full-bodied and enough that you can feel them through your whole aura. There are some fantastic highlights on this album like the song “No More” featuring Lil Fame, Smoke DZA, & Rim Da Villian. The beat is amazing and all 3 MCs body the song. Another personal favorite of mine is Thirstin Howl III and the late Sean Price on “Ralph Lauren’s Closet.” This is style personified on wax. Statik Selektah does another great job of bringing out the best in MCs and producing some great music for the culture. Thank you Statik Selektah.
The 1982 duo team up once again to give us another dope project. Termanology provides dope bars and clever rhyme schemes throughout each and every song. One thing is definitely true about these types of projects – they are very cohesive and all of the songs sound like they go together. Statik Selektah is a busy man and keeps the beats coming. One thing I would have liked to see more of on here would be the themes of the songs. This album is called The Quarantine and I would have like to have seen darker, eerier beats and more content that was actually about the quarantine from Termanology. He gives us great lyrics telling us about how he is a better MC than most, but I wanted to hear more bars about this latest pandemic. Show us the terror of the world currently like he did in the first track “Pandemic.” All in all, this was a dope project, I just wanted to see a little more focus on the topic at hand. Good job fellas.
Statik Selektah recruits the Houston legend Paul Wall for a quick new EP for Thanksgiving called Give Thanks. Although it is only 7 songs, this one is a cornucopia of freshness for your holiday season. You definitely should be giving thanks because Statik Selektah absolutely laced these beats. Every track sounds so dope with its drums and basslines and clever samples. Paul Wall blesses the rhymes as well and sounds about as fresh as he ever has. There are features on here from Benny, Termanology, B-Real, Nems, and more. The far-and-away best song on here is “Overcame.” The sample just sets this beat off so well and both Paul Wall and Benny absolutely rip the mic. This song is an instant classic. Make sure you get this one on repeat because you will definitely be giving thanks that you did.
Statik Selektah continues his tear through the industry with yet another dope release. This time he teams up with an MC named Anoyd. I had previously not heard him, but I’m now glad I did. He has a phenomenal flow. He reminds me of MCs from the 90s as he is able to ride the beat like a bike with ease. He effortlessly flows from beginning to end on this whole project. The best part is I definitely think he has room to really grow into a great top tier MC also. There is a lot of promise for this guy. Statik does another great job on the production side of things. You get beats that are both musical and hard with drums at the same time. It’s almost like it’s laid back and hyped at the same time. I don’t know how he does it, but he does it. And it sounds dope. The best track on here is “Already.” This beat is absolutely fantastic. It sounds laid back, hard, and majestic all at the same time. Another honorable mention would be for the Termanology and UFO Fev assisted “Kilos.” The MCs trade verses over a hard-hitting beat with great cuts and samples. For any hip hop purists out there, this is your album. Listen to it right now.
Statik Selektah is on a tear with all of the music he is putting out there. This go round, he teams up with Currensy to deliver a pretty decent album. On the mic, you pretty much get what you expect from Currensy. He does his thing with the wordplay using his Southern drawl that we are all accustomed to. You get some decent features from Jadakiss, Jim Jones, and Termanology throughout the project. The beats on here are slightly more laid back, but I think it matches Currensy’s flow pretty well. Statik definitely keeps the purist fans satisfied with hard drums throughout the album though. All in all, a good project that fans will definitely enjoy.
Statik Selektah seems to be on fire recently with the amount of work he has been putting out. This latest project features a rapper Plays who is a beast on the mic. I see a ton of potential for this MC. There is one major downfall that I have found for him though. He is impossible to find online. His name makes it an absolute nightmare to do a google search for him or any of his work. That is something I would definitely fix because I WANT to be able to find his music. That aside, he pretty much ripped this project. He spits some great lyrics with great rhyme schemes. Not a whole lot on the features side, but you do get verses from Juelz Santana and Termanology. The beats were pretty dope, obviously, since the production was handled by Statik. His rep speaks for itself and is always great on the production side. He flips the Big Daddy Kane classic song on “Steppin.” That was definitely a highlight. All in all, this is a really strong project that you will definitely want to check out.
Bun B teams up with Statik Selektah for a fantastic album here with this matchup. Bun definitely has it in him to create classics. He’s done it before on Trill OG and he almost did it again here with this album. His rhymes are amazing throughout this project. He is able to just craft such great lyrics oftentimes intertwining street life and hopeful sentiments all in one. His flow is all but perfect as he moves through each 4 bar set effortlessly then resetting right back into the next 4 bars. On the mic, he can’t be stopped. And as far as production, he has always known the secret to picking near perfect music. Statik Selektah gets a bit more musical on here, but offers fantastic-crafted beats for Bun B to flow over. There are a few songs that are a bit more laid back, but at the same time, this project truly plays front to back and is very cohesive. There are fantastic features on here from Method Man, Westside Gunn, Lil Fame, Paul Wall, and many more. This project is a MUST listen. Definitely don’t sleep on this one at all.
Termanology has been dope and y’all have been sleeping on him. Shame! This MC teams up with Statik Selektah to bring you their third release together as 1982 and it is pretty dope all around. Is it perfect? No. But you definitely get a concrete hip hop effort with this one. Lyrically, Termanology is nice. There isn’t any denying that. It sounds like he is getting better too. He just has that hungry sound on this album. You will also get fantastic features from Chris Rivers, Conway, Nems, & Crimeapple. All 4 of those features really go hard on this project in their own way. The highlights for me include all of the songs that they are on: “30 Shots,” “Fuck Ya Lyfestyle,” and “Crimeology.” Statik Selektah definitely puts in work on the production side of things. You get some really dope beats on here. Another great thing is that it sound like all of these songs belong together which is always good to hear on a project. You definitely can’t go wrong with this album. Hopefully we get to hear more of the same in the future.
Statik Selektah has a quality and interesting release here. This album has everything you could ever want on here. Whatever sound or whatever rapper you are looking for, look no further. He does a great job on production and you can definitely tell it is one of those records that he invested a lot of time and energy in as it sounds highly produced. Every track has almost a taste of real musicality on it. It’s definitely not just drums and bass and booty-shaking music. As far as features, he’s got everybody on here: Action Bronson, LOX, Run The Jewels, Raekwon, Sean Price, Currensy, B-Real, Everlast, and so many more. This is a really dope album. It might not have been the one that I wanted to hear, but Statik made it so that I needed to hear this. I would definitely recommend checking this one out.