Termanology & Cormega Interview
Termanology feat Ea$y Money – Welcome To The Machine (EXCLUSIVE)
Fat Lace: Cormega and Termanology one of the brightest up coming stars good to have you over here what’s going on?
Termanology: What’s good man thanks for having me.
Fat Lace: So Cormega your history and reputation speaks for itself, we know you’ve just released Who Am I out with a DVD and Soundtrack can you break down the concept behind that.
Cormega: The concept of Who Am I is following me around from 2001 to 2005, I filmed high quality videos but never really serviced them to the television so I saved those and I knew that would be an incentive for the fans so you got ‘Get Out My Way’, ‘R U My Nigga’ and other songs on the DVD then you’ve got other footage behind the scenes stuff, in the shows, in the studios, then you’ve got day in the life footage, so basically it’s a well shot documentary filmed from 2001 to 2005 with an accompanying soundtrack.
Fat Lace: We saw the trailer it looked crazy, you’ve been the master of self promotion, you’ve been independent for a minute and with all the clicks and inner beefs with the New York rappers you’ve always stayed on your own, with your own click and your own hustle and I guess that comes from the mentality when you were in the streets, do you purposely stay solo and stick to your own grind rather than get caught up in a group situation?
Cormega: Bosses respect bosses I can’t follow anyone’s click unless it’s benefiting me and unless they have their own vision, a lot of people that are in a certain position are there because they were in the right place at the right time not just cos they have the right movement themselves, I know how it is to grind, I know how it is to get up at 4 in the morning and do things, I know how it is for a label not to support you, I know how it is to be put on a shelf at a label but still keep my career alive. There was a whole batch of mc’s that came out with me and a lot of them got more exposure than me but now a lot of them are out of the game, I’m still here, I’m a survivor so that’s what makes me move the way I move.
Fat Lace: You never seem to get any hate, apart from obviously the well documented beef that we all know about but no one ever really says anything bad about Cormega, everyone seems to have a total respect for what you do and your grind, we’ve seen you with other rappers from QB and you command that respect your almost like the general, does that go back to the days when you were on the streets, cos you’re an OG?
Cormega: 54 and loving it (laughs), basically I just think real respects real that’s what we say in the hood and a lot of people in Queensbridge that your speaking of know me before rap, 90% of the people that rap are just rappers, they rap what they see, a lot of them exploit other peoples lives, I’ve been through it all, I don’t glorify it cos when I was in jail, I wasn’t like YES I’m in jail now I can say that in my rap and when I got shot I wasn’t like YES I got shot now I can say that in my raps, when I got shot I said OUCH and when I was in jail I wanted to come home and when I sold drugs I sold drugs cos that was the only thing I knew, I was indoctrinated to thinking that was the easiest way out that’s why motherfuckers can’t front on me, that’s why a lot of rappers from QB respect me because a lot of them haven’t lived that and a lot of them studied the blueprint so you always have to pay respect to the blueprint.
Fat Lace: So Termanology you’ve got the album about to drop and you’ve got the DJ Premier stamp of approval which has done big things for you, the real hip hop heads worldwide have stood up and paid attention, how does that feel?
Termanology: It feels great man, I always knew I just needed the right beat and the cosign definitely helped cos Preemo’s got his own fans so I’m lucky enough to get people that already love Preem and I came through and destroyed the beat, it was a perfect marriage between a dope beat and dope rhymes so from that I had people listening, the internet, I done a lot of shows, the mixtapes and now ‘So Amazing’ has kept the buzz going. It’s a good look considering I’ve got no budget, I’m a relatively new artist that everyone don’t know about yet, I’m in a good position man I’m loving it.
Fat Lace: Last time we met, you were in the studio with Statik Selektah and you were doing tracks with him, sounds like the album’s really shaping up, can you tell us about the album and which producers you’re working with and what they can expect from it?
Termanology: Big up Statik Selektah I got 7 joints on his album, I pretty much executive produced it, I was there everyday when he done it, I’ll be there and tell him what was wack or what was hot, he always asked my opinion on who he should piece together on the tracks and it came out crazy so big up Statik Selektah. My album so far I got DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Alchemist, Showbiz, Bucwild, Large Professor and Nottz so it’s looking classic with the producer line up, I wanted it to be like if as far as the beats are hot then all the pressure falls on me, so as long as I rip it then there it is, I like the pressure so it has to live up to the music that the producers done prior
Fat Lace: It doesn’t get more hip hop than that lineup, you represent the Bronx?
Termanology: I’m from Lawrence Mass which is 45 minutes from Boston but I live in the Bronx so I represent East Coast Hip Hop, New York Hip Hop what ever you want to call it I represent the real hip hop were it all started from the east coast.
Fat Lace: Does it feel weird whenever you’re in the studio with people like Lil Fame, Premier, Large Professor all those guys. As a kid growing up and then earning your stripes on the streets to be where you can get in a position to even work with those people, did you have to pinch yourself the first few times you worked with them?
Termanology: I still pinch myself, I’m touring with Cormega you know what I’m saying, a few years ago I’d be sitting in my room doing whatever and listening to Cormega’s albums on repeat and knowing all the words. It’s the same thing with working with Lil Fame, MOP’s one of my favorite groups of all time, I know all their words as well and now I be chilling with them and making fun of them and they be making fun of me back. And the world is scared of this guy who they think is a scary guy who would slap anybody but you know he’s my good friend, it’s dope that I can get the relationships I have with these artists I look up to.
Fat Lace: Yeah I agree Lil Fame is a crazy guy it’s like any minute he could snap
Termanology: Put it this way I wouldn’t mess with Lil Fame I’m happy he’s my boy (laughs).
Fat Lace: So Cormega tell us about the soundtrack, you’ve got a real array of guests on there Dwele, some of the Bay area cats Keak da Sneak, you’ve got your QB cats like AZ, Tragedy and Nature you’ve got a real wide range of features on there how did that come about?
Cormega: I did it for three reasons, one to give it the mass appeal, for two in the documentary I was going from place to place like you’ll see Tragedy on there, you’ll see Nature on there, you’ll see the cats from the Bay Area on there, we went to their hood, a lot of the people on the soundtrack are in the documentary and the third reason was for strategic positioning because as an artists you have to understand that every release is a campaign like how Hillary Clinton has to go New Hampshire, Oklahoma and all them places to build there support, that’s what artists have to do as well, so when you only focus on one area that’s the only area your gonna be relevant in.