In 1999, every kid with a Jansport had a freestyle demo tape tucked into the front zipper pocket, a notepad, and a motto derived directly from Company Flow: "Independent as fuck and lovin' it!" Most of those kids are now junior associates at firms specializing in contract law consider yourself called out, Nicholas Suplina or they jumped ship post-Kanye and went bubblegum.
Thankfully, though, a select few stayed true to the belief that all you need is two turntables and a microphone, and one of those survivors is Termanology, whose conscious lyrics and soul-laden beats (courtesy of legends such as DJ Premier, Pete Rock, and Hi-Tek) hark back to the golden days of underground rap. Listing his influences as "mostly old shit," Termanology still believes in antiquated notions such as having a message, crab scratches, and the raw power of the 4/4 hi-hat, and this Friday, the Boston-based MC is out to prove to Miami that real hip-hop still matters. Show up at PS14 by 8 p.m. to find out for yourself.
Fri., Sept. 11, 8 p.m., 2009