On Nas Is Like, the lead single off 1999’s I Am… LP, Nasir Jones described how he worked his way out of crime and poverty by captivating listeners with vivid descriptions of his urban environment: “I’m a poor man’s dream, a thug poet / Live it and I write down and I watch it blow up.” As torch-bearers for the same Northeastern scene that spawned the Queensbridge legend, it should come as little surprise that Termanology and Statik Selektah share his vision of self-transformation through up-close and personal street reportage. A newly-released standout off their sophomore set as duo 1982, Thug Poets finds the heavyweight DJ/producer flipping a gritty piano/guitar sample as his partner-in-rhyme positions himself in rap’s illustrious tradition of streetwise scribes. After Term’s immersive opener, Long Island buzzmaker Roc Marciano, grabs the mic for a dope-slinging middle 16, and Mobb Deep vet Havoc closes proceedings with a hard-nosed rendition of his own success story. Feeling 1982’s latest street banger? Then you’ll undoubtedly appreciate the rest of the urban poetry (and banging beats) to be found on 2012, set to hit record stores and online retailers May 22, via Showoff/St. Records.