EXCLUSIVE – Onyx MC Fredro Starr and Termanology have teamed up for the new single “Shut Em Down Again” from Term’s forthcoming album, Determination. Produced by Starr himself, the single — debuted right here on HipHopDX Sunday (August 14) — finds the two rappers swapping meticulous bars over the surly beat.
“I grew up listening to Onyx, they were a big influence on me growing up,” Term tells HipHopDX of the collaboration. “Me and Fredro linked up in the lab in Los Angeles to cook, and when I walked in, he was making a beat on the MPC. He asked me if I wanted to rap to that beat, so I immediately wrote my verse and he wrote his verse.
“We laid it down together on the spot and there is video footage of it online. I decided to name this song ‘Shut Em Down Again’ because one of my favorite songs from Onyx is ‘Shut Em Down’ and the remix with Big Pun.”
Termanology’s Determination album is expected to arrive on September 2 with a laundry list of notable names. In addition to Fredro Starr, production comes courtesy of Statik Selektah. Evidence, DJ Lethal and Conductor Williams, among others.
Additional features include Kool G Rap, Tony Sunshine, ETO, Jaren Benton, the late DJ Kay Slay, Fashawn, Tragedy Khadafi and Ufo Fev.
Termanology teased the track in a recent Instagram post, which included a video of the session in which they wrote “Shut Em Down Again.” As he explained in the caption, “Here is a sneak peak into the studio session with us the day we made the song. @fredro_starr also Produced that beat on the spot in front of me on the mpc!! Legend!!!”
Termanology’s upcoming project comes on the heels of his collaboration with Houston legend Paul Wall, Start 2 Finish, which dropped April. During an interview with DX, The People’s Champ talked about how Statik Selektah made the connect.
“Statik for sure [made the connection],” Wall said on the Zoom call. “He linked us starting with the project I did with him [2019’s Give Thanks] and even then with Statik it’s like, ‘Man.’ I was so hungry and just wanted the opportunity to work with a dope producer like that.
“I mean, I’ve worked with a lot of dope producers, but Statik is one of the GOATs. To be able to do something with him in that type of style, it just brought out things in me I didn’t know I had.”
He added, “It definitely made me feel like, ‘OK. I got to step it up. I can’t come with nothing. I can’t have a step with nothing on here.’ Then linking with Termanology throughout that project, it was just one of things where we got to be cool.”