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Termanology - conducted by Dale Coachman  


August 2006

MVRemix: Originality in hip-hop has become a thing of the past - what do you think the major reasons are for that?

Termanology: I mean everybody is copying each other right now because you have to do what's in. Right now you got the hphy movement, down south movement is going real strong so that's what its about right now. When Dre and Snoop came out in 92-93 it was all about the west coast you know what I'm sayin, when Biggie and them were doin it hard in 97 that's what it was all about basically you know its all about the band wagon thing right now, and whatever is poppin niggas is tryin to do that and I think that's basically the loss of originality different styles take over and everybody tries to do what's crackin. Niggas like Wu-Tang came out of know where with crazy creative shit but that doesn't really fly anymore because the label is like underground or something and you don't end up getting any real love.

MVRemix: Speaking of Wu-Tang I heard you performed with people like the Wu, 50, Guru, and Mobb Deep. What advice if any have they given you and if not through observation what have you learned from them?

Termanology: I learned a lot man from all of them you watch the things that they do and you take notes and you start. I've seen KRS-One perform multiple times, the Roots perform several times like basically the two illest performers along with Jay-Z, I think those 3 right there are the illest performers of all time and I've seen them all multiple times just watching them and seeing the way they work and the things that they do and take notes and go from there. 50 you know, I was watching him too, I ended up opening up for him I saw a couple of things that he had done, and Buck and all that shit, and its hot and dope to be able to perform with people like that you know what I mean, and learn from them that's great.

MVRemix: I don't know if you can talk about it but I read somewhere that you were close to signing to Shady/Aftermath if you can talk about how close that was to happening?

Termanology: Well I'm not close to signing with Shady I wish I was close to signing with Shady. I had a meeting with Shady and I went over there and they liked my shit and they were feeling it but they didn't offer me a deal or nothing like that. They wasn't like we want to sign you or anything like that, I definitely would sign with them. I think I'm gonna have another meeting over there. Last time I met with dude Dali la and he was real nice to me and I seen Rick Morales at NYU you know them guys are all cool over there. I met Paul Rosenberg in New York and that was about a year ago, and I think the meeting will be different because I have better songs and a bigger buzz, so it's a possibility but I don't know if they are interested or not.

MVRemix: On one of your tracks you made a huge statement you said you feel like you were the "holy resurrection of Pun" its kind of like Jay putting Biggie on his back and saying I got ya'll what made you feel like you needed to make that statement or was it something that needed to be said. Did you feel like the Hispanic or Latin community really wasn't being represented and you were kind of just bringing them back?

Termanology: Yeah you know I was just paying homage to the god because you know that was my favorite emcee of all time, and you know like just the way he was political with it, and he spit so lyrical and so fast with the tongue twisters and he was hardcore and still did the ladies joints it just happens to be that I do the same shit so I get the similarities a lot and a lot of people are like, "Yo, you remind me of Pun," but you know I never want to say I want to try and fulfill his shoes, I'm not the next Pun, I'm just sayin name me another rapper that does it just like Pun but if anything I'm like the guy that does it the most like how he does it so that's peace to the god you know what I mean.

MVRemix: The Source rated you as one of the most highly influential unsigned hype. What type of influence are you trying to bring to hip-hop that you feel it has and you want to go deeper or that you feel it's lacking?

Termanology: I'm just trying to bring that real shit you know, I know people say that a lot but I got a plan. I got certain producers that I'm working with right now like Nottz, from Virginia, and I'm working with Primo on a couple of more joints two for the album so I'm trying to keep it the album all Nottz and Primo, I hollered at Alchemist, and me and Pete Rock spoke on the phone the other day and he wants to get on it to so I'm really trying to make this like the next Illmatic you know what I mean, I think the streets would like to hear something like that again, mostly Primo, Pete Rock just real raw hip-hop not just like oh this nigga did a snap track so I'm do a snap track instead of going that route I'd rather just do my own thing and just hope that the people love it.

MVRemix: What was it like when you first got in the studio with Primo what was going through your head at the time?

Termanology: Well Primo's my man so it was a little comfortable, but at the same time I was pretty nervous because all the music that was made in that studio I was in the old D&D and Primo would be like Biggie used to sit right there on some shit like that and it creep me out but at the same time your thankful and just happy to be there like when I stepped in the booth before I started spitting my verses Primo would be like, "Yo remember, Nas' first album, Biggie's first album, right here you in this room, you ready?" I was like yeah I'm ready but in my heart I'm like man I better not fuck up so I stepped up to the occasion and everybody loves the song but I'm just grateful.

MVRemix: You talk about your daughter on one of your tracks and you talk about society a lot as well, and how basically f'd up it is. How do you plan on raising your daughter in between war and how is that being that you are not together with the mother of your child, how do you cope with that and deal with that?

Termanology: It's a rough thing you know it's definitely a rough thing because you know she doesn't live with me she lives with her mom, so I be laying down at night wondering where my daughter is, you know what I mean and that's a horrible feeling as a parent to wonder where your daughter is. So it's not like I can just go to the crib because I'm not really wanted there and that's a horrible feeling but when I'm with her, I just try to teach her early on in life like by the time she is 5 I want her to know everything I know. You know what I'm saying like I can't really shelter her from the shit, like her mom and them they like trust people and shit like that, but my family is from the projects so I gotta teach her both to be street smart and also to be smart. So it's tough being a single parent but she is the best kid in the world and this is why I do it everything is for her. Like every time I want to loose it and do some crazy shit I think ah I can't do that so she saved my life and she put me in the right direction.

MVRemix: You talk a lot about hip-hop and the music itself and you talk about kids and how we need to and what we preach and we talk about in our lyrics have some type of affect on them. What do you think hip-hop could do to school and educate them, it seems like the artists are the role models now and the kids are really looking up to them, what do you think hip-hop could do to raise their IQ about society and what's really going on?

Termanology: That's gonna take more Dead Prez' and more Saigon's and more Termanology's and more Papoose's and more Nas' and more Brand Nubian's its just gonna take more of that even though its hard a lot of times people don't want to listen they just want to party and have fun and that's cool, but when it comes time to actually raising the IQ and teaching them the future, you need niggas like us you need like I said Public Enemy, Dead Prez, myself, Immortal Technique, that are actually going to speak and as long as niggas like us don't die and we keep teaching them the real and the message gets out there then really that's the only way we can to do it.

MVRemix: You know you said you started when you were 15 what was the first hip-hop song you ever heard?

Termanology: Probably walk this way with Aerosmith and Run DMC.

MVRemix: Where were you and what was going through your mind when you heard that joint?

Termanology: I was kid you know watching TV and I see it and I'm like what the fuck is this, and when dude breaks through the wall and starts rapping, shit I was still trying to understand at the time I was into Michael Jackson, Michael Jackson was my shit growing up as a kid. As I got older and Cypress Hill came out and Kool G. Rap as kid my uncle used to play all that shit like that and Gangstarr and my moms old boyfriend and that's where I kind of got it from. I loved it so much and I loved what they were saying it was just rebel shit.

MVRemix: You said if you had a choice rap would not be the best career to get involved in when you get this deal do you ever think you'll back to school and get that degree?

Termanology: Nah, I don't have time for it but I preach it though because not everybody can be a rapper and I have do radio and be on tour and I have to be places so I don't really have time to go to school but if I wasn't a rapper I wanted to be a school teacher or a psychiatrist or a psychologist or a politician but I have a criminal record so I can't be a politician.

MVRemix: Who do you feel is one of the most underrated emcees right now?

Termanology: Shit Black Thought, AZ is one of the most underrated emcees of all time I mean he spits hip-hop quotables every single time. I mean I like Pap(Papoose) a lot, the Lox, the Lox are so incredible a lot of time they don't get the respect they deserve and if course my squad ST the Squad the seven of us we go really hard, we like the 2006 Wu-Tang and once I get that money and let them boys out, it's a problem.

MVRemix: Describe to the viewers what a day in the life is with Termanology I mean I heard you travel back and forth from New York to Boston; you came out with 4 mixtapes in a year so a day in the life of Termanology goes like what?

Termanology: Yo it's crazy, everyday is a different day, my mom lives in the hood, I got arrested for a shoot out, and then its like one day I'm in the hood getting patted down by these crooked cops, and the next day I'm in New York with DJ Premier, and the next day I'm at Chucky Cheese with Aaliyah, and the next day I'm on the bus with some smelly ass fat dude next to me and then the next day I'm in the Marriot hotel having a blast on tour so the life of Termanology is crazy. Like I really feel like in the hood I ain't paid but at times I'm a star and at times I'm really on the run its weird but it is what it is and until I get a million dollars and until I'm able to move my family out of where we live it's basically going to be like that.

MVRemix: I feel like a lot of artists do their music because it's their job do you ever feel that you will lose your autonomy dealing with the record industry?

Termanology: I mean it can influence us I mean people will come to me and be like rhyme over this beat and I'll be like I don't really feel it like that but I wouldn't go as far as changing my name so for me to switch it up that would be dissin my real fans I mean I don't mind doing a girl track if they want to throw me on a song with Scott Storch I mean I'll do it tomorrow but its gotta be a track I like I'm not into no corny shit.

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