Termanology has been getting plenty of coverage here at Metal Lungies. On Thursday night, he had a show for the release of his debut album Politics as Usual at the Knitting Factory. The album’s greatest strength looks to be its all-star production team. I mean damn, look at the tracklisting. Term is well-connected and so a lot of big people were in the building.
Doors opened at 9:00, but the show didn’t get started until about 10:45. The album played until Statik Selektah came out. He said what’s up and played a few songs off his album before bringing out DJ Premier. He was going to spin some records, but first he had to get his equipment working. The only concert I’ve ever been to where there weren’t any technical difficulties was Rock the Bells.
But the delay was a blessing in disguise. Waiting for a cable he needed before he could get started, Premier quizzed the audience on their hip-hop knowledge. He asked about Biz Markie and if anyone could do the Biz dance. A little person (that’s politically correct, right?) in the front row said he could and Premo brought him on stage.
He danced for a few minutes and elicited chants of “Go Tre,” his name being Tre. Peep the video. He came on later and knew the words to “Come Clean” and “One Day”. Much respect, Tre.
Bumpy Knuckles came out and stood around for a minute. It would’ve been cool if he beat someone down.
Premier played a lot of classic records. “NY State of Mind” got the biggest reaction. Lil Fame came out when Primo played a couple of M.O.P. joints.
Premo wrapped it up and Termanology finally came on stage with a bunch of his people. He ran through a bunch of songs, new and old. It actually felt like his set was shorter than Premo’s.
Statik came out for “Stop, Look, Listen”.
Fame came out again and rocked with Term. Term called him his twin. Can’t you see the resemblance?
Then a bunch of dudes came out and did a capella freestyles, including Percee P and Blaq Poet. Term tried to get Bumpy on, but he was nowhere to be found.
It was great to have so many amazing dudes under one roof that night. It was very eventful and Termanology held it down. Lots of energy.