Sev­er­al years back I had the pleas­ure of inter­view­ing Terman­o­logy, one of Hip Hop’s most prom­in­ent driv­ing forces.  Over the dec­ades he’s become an influ­en­tial staple in Hip Hop, lyr­ic­ally and as an appraised lead­er in the com­munit­ies.  In our most recent inter­view we dis­cussed his cata­log of music that sur­passes a dec­ade, Good Dad Gang brand, his close ties and broth­er­hood with legendary artists, eight fin­gers of gold, and so much more! Tune in below.

MJ: I appre­ci­ate you tak­ing time out of the stu­dio and tour­ing to chop it up, once again, with MJ.  Before we get into the music I want to talk about #Good­DadGang. Years ago dur­ing our first inter­ac­tion I recall that move­ment was just in the take-off stages. Here we are years later and it’s now become a way of life in the homes of mil­lions of fam­il­ies! #Good­DadGang is some­thing near and dear to your heart. Talk about how it’s changed the lives and fam­ily ties across the world.

Term: Appre­ci­ate that. Good Dad Gang is some­thing I take a lot of pride in. I didn’t intend on mak­ing it a glob­al move­ment. I was just being a very proud fath­er and post­ing up pics with my kids and the hasht­ag blew up. Once the name star­ted get­ting noticed, I put the brand in motion and things elev­ated quickly from there. We now have a web­site, social media cam­paign, full on cloth­ing line, over 70 tat­toos, and back to school giveaways every year for chil­dren in poverty.

MJ:  That’s incred­ible as is the bond and broth­er­hood with fel­low artists in the industry such as Slaine, Statik Selektah, DJ Premi­er, and Book Camp mem­bers. Have those rela­tion­ships influ­enced the longev­ity of your career and suc­cess?

Term: Abso­lutely. Statik is one of my old­est friends and so is Slaine. Premi­er helped me in too many ways to name, includ­ing doing 10 songs with me, Sean Price, Smif-N-Wessun, mul­tiple shows, stu­dio ses­sions, and songs togeth­er. All of those guys are legendary and/ or on their way to being legendary if you ask me.

MJ: I couldn’t agree more, salute to all of them! Tell me a little about Terman­o­logy back in 2003 when “Hood Polit­ics” was released…Tell me a little about Terman­o­logy now in 2018.  Look­ing back, what can you say about the artist you were then com­pared to who you are now?

Term: 2003 Terman­o­logy didn’t know any­thing about the music industry. He was just a hungry kid try­ing to make a name in Hip-Hop. 2018 Terman­o­logy is much wiser and aware of what the music industry is all about. I’m a much bet­ter artist over­all now. I learned how to use my voice much bet­ter as I got deep­er into my career.

MJ: You were young when you took the industry by storm without warn­ing! Did you have sup­port in your corner? Did you have ment­ors offer­ing guid­ance and artist devel­op­ment? I ask this because now most up and com­ing artists are also young but the dif­fer­ence is they are not so recept­ive to the know­ledge giv­en by our pion­eers who built this found­a­tion for them.

Term: I came into the game inde­pend­ently with my own music. I was press­ing up CD’s, tapes, and vinyl with my own money. I was put­ting up thou­sands of stick­ers with my own street team, doing hun­dreds of loc­al shows and show­ing up 30 deep to all of them. I gained a loc­al buzz like that. The ded­ic­a­tion and hun­ger I showed in New Eng­land and in NY got me noticed by Krumb­snatcha, Statik, Dan Green, Lil Fame of M.O.P., Premi­er, Buck­wild, Nature Sounds Records, Brick Records and a few oth­ers. But those are some of the names I think of that had a hand in help­ing me out early on with dir­ec­tion, music and oppor­tun­it­ies.


MJ: Your grind and ded­ic­a­tion speaks volumes! 2018, what is hot right now with Terman­o­logy? Any inside scoop on forth­com­ing pro­jects and tour dates you can share?

Term: I just dropped a full length album with Slaine titled “Anti-Hero”. You can find that on all digit­al plat­forms, cd, and vinyl. I have a new pro­ject out right now with my group ST. Da Squad, and new album off my own label ST. Records was released on 420. The pro­ject is called “Lost­sol 96’” by Pro­du­cer “Short­fy­uz”.

MJ: One of my guilty pleas­ures of inter­view­ing is get­ting a little per­son­al with artists and shar­ing that with fans. With that being said, let’s begin…Tell me your 3 top tour­ing spots. If I scroll your playl­ist on your phone, who will I find? What are your 3 favor­ite fath­er moments? Finally, talk about the rings. The gold nev­er leaves those fin­gers but I have a feel­ing there is some his­tory or nos­tal­gia behind those rings.

Favor­ite tour spots:

My favor­ite tour­ing spots would be Switzer­land, Italy and Japan.

What’s on my playl­ist right now:

When it comes to music right now I am play­ing Wil­lie the Kid & Klever Skemes EP, Fred­die Gibbs SOD & Short­fy­uz Lostol 96 LP on repeat.

Favor­ite Fath­er moments:

Wit­ness­ing the birth of both of my chil­dren would be my greatest memory I would say.

Reas­on for the Rings:

I wear the rings is as a sym­bol of suc­cess. I grew up very poor and wear­ing the rings reminds me how far I made it. I can remem­ber when I lived in the ghetto with no food and no heat. I came a long way and I am forever grate­ful and proud.


MJ: Speak­ing of fath­er­hood, how do you find the bal­ance? Like I men­tioned earli­er you are much more than an artist. So between mak­ing music, tour­ing, giv­ing back to the com­munity, and rais­ing daugh­ters, where is your bal­ance?  For some artists that chal­lenge of find­ing and main­tain­ing a healthy bal­ance can res­ult in the end of careers.

Term: It is one of my biggest chal­lenges hon­estly. It’s very hard to drive 500–1,000 + miles every single week back and forth from NY to Boston, etc., to do music full time and also be there for my kids. But some­how I man­aged to pull it off for the past 14 years. I guess it’s like they say, if you really care about some­thing you will make time for it.

MJ: Facts upon facts! As we wrap up, is there any­thing else you want the world to know about Terman­o­logy?

Term: I got love for every­one and I wish people only the best. There is no hate in my heart, God Bless any­one read­ing this. Love is love.

MJ: I want to thank you again for tak­ing time out to chop it up with MJ. As I say on the daily, “MJ’s always a fan first”.


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MJ is Hip Hop Blog­ger, Pub­li­cist, Book­ing Agent, Act­iv­ist, but fan first and fore­most. “Hip Hop saved my life, it is only right I give back to the cul­ture”!

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MJ Savino
MJ is Hip Hop Blogger, Publicist, Booking Agent, Activist, but fan first and foremost. "Hip Hop saved my life, it is only right I give back to the culture"!