Words by Landon A.
Termanology had one of the most ferocious breakouts of last year. His debut album, Politics As Usual, boasted an impressive list of guest MC’s and was supported by some of Hip-Hop’s greatest beatmakers. Revving up the flux capacitor, his most recent project, Time Machine, has Term kicking in your door once again with another notable batch of guest verses and producers but most importantly, his own brand of raw street sermons.
The first half of Time Machine prove that Termanology is donning a rejuvenated flow. The record opens with “Nobody Smilin’,” a Rakim-sampled tale of ill street blues over fellow Bostonian Statik Selektah’s subtle keyboards and pounding drums. “Brown Paper Bag” has Term spitting venom, calling out whack MC’s and fake gangster rappers draped over a beat from Don Cannon. On this one, Term delivers over 2 minutes of one lyrical upper-cut after the other until making a segue into the chorus. The high-octane “Stick Up” with Sheek Louch and Quest Tha Young’n, is yet certified street banger. Termanology tweaks his flow for better or worse as Quest delivers a memorable guest verse over a haunting Vinny Idol beat.
Time Machine’s lead single “I See Dead People`”acts as the prized conceptual joint, following Term through a cemetery, detailing the autopsies of the falling over a touching soundscape provided by Alan the Chemist. Term has certainly improved since Politics…; however Time Machine isn’t without its questionable moments. Case in point: “Bout To Go Down,” a faux club banger of the Pitbull variety. There’s no doubt that Term’s flow is fire, but his lyrics work best when confined to hood politics, gunplay and assaults on whack MC’s, not booty. The DeLeorean gets back on course with tracks like “Nothing Iz Real” which ironically finds Term dropping authenticity with the precision of an accomplished rapper.
It’s evident that Termanology has grown as an artist, keeping the loyal listeners engaged on every word and with the exception of few short comings, this record bangs from start to finish. Terms raw lyricism coupled with his ability to bring together some of Hip-Hop’s most celebrated acts STILL make him a force to be reckoned with in the early stages of his career.