Statik Selektah and Termanology - Green Room, Brown Bag Wednesdays - June 6

Termanology (left) ripped the stage with Statik Selektah Wednesday night.
Termanology (left) ripped the stage with Statik Selektah Wednesday night.
Tony Inacio

Statik Selektah & Termanology
Green Room, Brown Bag Wednesdays
June 6, 2012

Better than: Watching the Heat lose to the Celtics.

Many of us hip-hop fans down in South Florida probably haven't heard of Lawrence, MA, but up-and-coming DJ and MC pair Statik Selektah are Termanology are looking to change that. The two, who both hail from the tiny northeastern manufacturing town, have individually garnered critical acclaim in hip-hop circles and came together to put out 1982, their self-titled collaboration a couple of years back. Last night, they performed in front of around 100 fans of their chosen genre at Green Room's Brown Bag Wednesdays.

One thing was immediately evident, Termanology and Statik Selektah are talented at their separate crafts. DJ Premier long realized that about Termanology when he produced his debut single "Watch How it Go Down" in 2006. Eminem felt the same when he billed Statik to take over Thursday nights on Shade 45 radio and produce a track for his upcoming album.

Termanology started the show with a couple of tracks from 2010's 1982 and their anticipated follow-up 2012, just released May 22 (confusing, right?). They brought on local artist Anjuli Stars for a rendition of "You Should Go Home" and kept the vibe going with "Stop, Look & Listen." The duo may have lost the crowd, however, when they decided to rep Boston one day after the Celtics took a 3-2 series lead over our local Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. A rendition of "That's My Boston" garnered an enormous roar of boos from the small crowd.

"If ya'll were in Boston repping Miami, we would have applauded it," Termanology told a now raucous crowd. "Ya'll mad at us right now. I'm (going to) be at the game tomorrow night (in Boston), may the best man win."

One call for real hip-hop and the crowd was right back nodding their heads to the beat. It may have been a bit arrogant to play a song dedicated to Boston, but they recovered. Term finished his set with "Watch How it Go Down," but Statik stayed on the boards for about another hour playing almost strictly 1990s hip-hop.

Critic's Notebook:

Personal Bias: Underground hip-hop rules.

Random Thought: Why do people born in the '80s assume everyone wants to hear music released in the '90s?

Overheard in the crowd: "Is this guy nuts singing a song about Boston right now?"

By the way: It would be nice if more good-looking woman were fans of underground hip-hop.

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