In terms of rocking a crowd, Lil’ Fame and Termanology did just that last night (December 6) at SOB’s for the official album release party to their collaborative LP Fizzyology.
After some lively opening sets from up-and-comers, Demorne Warren, Lucci Loner and Ronve, it was Term’s turn to rock out. With Statik Selektah on the wheels, alternating between 1982 and the Massachusetts MC’s solo cuts, the duo’s song “Lights Down” was the warm-up, followed by the 2008 joint “How We Rock.” Term reverted back to a 1982 track with “Goin Back,” allowing Statik to show off his moves on the 1s and 2s.
At the end of performing “So Amazing,” Term invited Queens rapper Grafh to hit the stage. “Then I turned his skin and bone marrow into luggage/I’ll suitcase you/I Louis Vuitton em/Then I fuck the world with a Gucci condom,” the former mixtape notable aired during his a cappella freestyle, prior to performing “I Don’t Know How to Act.” What’s more, following two 1982 records (“You Should Go Home” and “Up Every Night”), Term handed the mic to his affiliate Ea$y Money to close the set with a freestyle.
As E. Money walked off, Fame walked on, during the chorus to “Play Dirty,” rousing the crowd as soon as he hit the stage. “Too Tough for TV” and “After Midnight” would conclude the show’s light dosage of Fizzyology, for the night was more of a celebration of Term’s and Fizzy’s substantial career thus far as a duo and independently.
The evening concluded with what the crowd was truly waiting for.
“Cold As Ice” stirred the sizable turnout, which was anxious to see M.O.P. The lifelong rap duo showcased “Get Yours” and “Blow the Horns,” leaving spectators turnt up thanks to their remarkable control of the mic and voices that are parallel to how they sound on wax.
Once the instrumental to “Ante Up” began, the loud and impassioned noise from spectators would have been heard by the late Vincent Van Gogh’s left ear. The classic chorus (“Yap that fool!”) blared through the speakers, recited by the Brownsville twosome and the crowd in unison, a feat not easily achieved in New York venues where most love to play it cool and nod at best. —Christopher Minaya (@CM_3)