Artist: Termanology & DC
Album: Out The Gate
Label: ShowOff Records
Rating: 4 / 10
Reviewer: Nick D
If you think about it, the €œUnsigned Hype € column featured in The Source magazine is very similar to the annual McDonald €™s All-American High School Basketball Team. Both inform the general public of relatively unknown talent that is, at the moment, on course for super-stardom in their respective fields. Given this comparison, famous rappers who were featured in the column, such as Eminem, Biggie Smalls, and DMX, can be seen as the equivalents of NBA stars who were McDonald €™s All-Americans, like Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, and Stephon Marbury.
That being said, neither of these exaltations, again comparatively speaking, are byproducts of an exact science. For every NBA All-Star that was a part of the McDonald €™s team, for instance, there are many members that struggle in college and flounder awkwardly from minor professional league to minor professional league until their careers eventually taper off having never reached the gargantuan heights that were once predicted. While anything is possible with commercial rap, based on his performance on €œOut The Gate, € it looks as though €œUnsigned Hype € alum Termanology will be the Ryan Robertson of the column.
For those who do not remember, Ryan Robertson was the point guard on the stellar Kansas Jayhawks teams of the mid-nineties. While a good college player in his own right, Robertson was overshadowed by NBA caliber players on his team like Raef Lafrenz, Paul Pierce, and Scott Pollard. Although probably capable of being the main option on almost every other team, Robertson €™s main job was to make his teammates better.
Similarly, while doing nothing to embarrass himself on €œOut The Gate, € Termanology does not display the skills that distinguish him from any other two-bit MC out there. In fact, it seems as though Termanology is much more enjoyable as sort of a side act/hype man for one of the many guest MC s (like Akrobatic and Esoteric among others) who routinely steal the lyrical spotlight from Term. Tracks without a featured MC, then, are boring in comparison to those that do.
Part of the problem is that Termanology struggles to fit the atmosphere created by producer DC. The background is of the softer variety with almost every beat beginning with the €œscratch-scratch-mix in lyric from another song € pattern. Coupled with the production, Termanology €™s gentle voice sounds, for the most part, halfhearted. Often, Termanology does not seem to be ready to start rapping and spends the rest of the verse trying to catch up with the beat.
Occasionally, Termanology turns up the intensity and spits with a more acute and bass-filled voice. Like the other songs, however, this does not work out in his favor. On €˜Takin You With Me, €™ the fifteenth track on €œOut The Gate, € Termanology displays this:
€œI wake up, put my hands on a Bible
Put it down, put my hands on a rifle
Wonderin €™ will I be killed by a rival
Gang member and be dead on arrival
All because a n**** carried a title… €
…and so on.
In order to be a better MC, it seems as though Termanology needs to revamp his flow, be a little more creative with his lyrics, and possibly search for a new producer that better accentuates his style. Term has the talent as he shows on €˜Welcome 2 The Hood, €™ but all too often on €œOut The Gate € he fails to show it. Unless he puts forth a better effort, Termanology could be doomed to a purgatorial existence on the Boston hip-hop B-List.