Published Sep 25, 2008"I see myself as the holy resurrection of Pun/If I aint that, then you name one. This, the first rhyme spat forth on Termanologys debut set, sets a high bar for the diminutive half-Puerto Rican, half-French Massachusetts sparkplug. And with regards to fast, fluid word patterns, Term comes remarkably close. It helps that the MC is christened with a boom-bap lovers dream production team: DJ Premier, Buckwild, Alchemist, Nottz, Hi-Tek, Large Professor, Pete Rock, Easy Mo Bee and Havoc. No no-names here. Were talking about men responsible for Ready to Die, Illmatic and The Infamous, among others. From title to guest list (Prodigy, Lil Fame, Bun B), Politics As Usual would be an East coast classic in 98. But now its 2008 and while Terms respect for his heroes (hear him quote Jay-Z and Biggie!) is admirable, Politics is a baby step towards greatness. Effortlessly rhyming four syllables in a single breath, Terms flow is impeccable, his beat selection equally so this is no small feat. But he is hesitant to explore themes beyond women, weed, street struggles and his skills. Still, mixtape bangers abound (the Premo creation "How We Rock, especially) and a foundation is laid for Termanology to expand his focus and target his talent at more meaningful subjects.
What first drew you to rap?
I started rhyming when I was nine years old and thats because people around me used to freestyle. Like, my moms boyfriend and these dudes from my block used to freestyle on the porch all day. And theyd say, "Go ahead, freestyle, freestyle. I used to battle crazy. I used to go around battling with this kid, Easy Money hes one of my best friends [and] they would just fear us, dawg. Wed go to house parties anywhere and just destroy whole houses up. Once we walked in, it was a mess.
How did you link up with DJ Premier?
I met him the first time with Krumbsnatcha because I used to be down with Krumb and he used to run with Gang Starr. That was in 2003. I was chillin with Krumb and he introduced me to Premo and Guru, and I spit for them. So I got cool with Premo and every time Id see him Id ask him for a beat. He said, "Yeah, yeah, yeah for, like, two years. And I guess I bothered him enough that when Statik [Selektah, a producer and Terms friend from Massachusetts] was in the studio with him, he heard a beat and said, "Give that to Term. Premo said, "Alright, call Term. They called me up and I was bugging out. DJ Premier, you know? They played me "Watch How It Go Down and I was jumping around, I was so excited. I got three [Premo tracks] on the album but Ive done seven songs with him. (ST/Nature Sounds)