Termanology Throws Politics As Usual Listening Party [Exclusive Coverage]
New York, NY -- Last Thursday, there was cause for celebration for Lawrence, Massachusetts’ hottest poet since Robert Frost.
Solefood NYC, Tribeca’s upscale sneaker boutique and art gallery, was the perfect venue to host a listening party for Termanology‘s debut album, Politics As Usual. If one were to compare the buzzworthy emcee to a pair of Air Ones, he’d probably be an intricate, artfully painted and laced pair of custom kicks that true hip hop aficionados could appreciate.
In the V.I.P. DJ upper-circle overlooking the entire party, sat the starts of the night, Termanology and Lil’ Fame, (who is the producer of the robotic DJBooth favorite “Welcome to the Machine (Remix)," along with Easy Money), while fellow Lawrence-head Statik Selektah rocked Term’s DJ Premier-produced crowd-pleasers like “So Amazing” and “How We Rock” (featuring Bun B).
Premo isn’t the only bigwig beat-creator who’ll be featured on the album, either. The debut will feature such greats as Hi-Tek, Alchemist, Large Professor, Pete Rock, Easy Mo Bee, Havoc, Nottz and Buckwild...not too shoddy for an introductory debut.
Through it all, however, Term admits that his early successes didn't come easily. “I went to a lot of the big time labels, and showed them my hunger, and they told me ‘you nice,’ but I walked away without any of them ever signing me,” Term admits. “So I had to do my own thing and go the independent route for the love of what I do.”
As the night progressed, it became abundantly clear that the event was not only a listening party, but a gala for one of the most lyrical rappers to release an album out of the Northeast in years. Termanology made his rounds, doing live drops in online chat rooms while toasting to success.
Meanwhile, when asked what the duo was working on, Lil’ Fame revealed that he’d be coming out with his solo album, a collaborative effort with Termanology, and a new M.O.P. project...eventually. “At this point, M.O.P is still trying to decide whether or not we’re trying to work with the G-Unit,” he said. “We’re weighing our options.”
On September 30, fans of the custom-crafted rapid-fire spitter who’s drawn comparisons to Pun will get to hear his entire album firsthand. “I’m not doing it for the sales. I’m not putting this album out for nothing but my fans. I’m doing this for my fans. This is what the streets want.”
By Erica Lamar