This Day in Hip Hop and Rap History
Host: Chuck D w/ Duke Eatmon & Ron Maskell
August 25th, 2011
August 25th – Former Public Enemy d.j. Terminator X. was born Norman Rogers in New York City , on this day in 1966.
Terminator was originally known as DJ Mellow D. when he joined P.E. in 1986. When I suggested to him that that he change his name , to Terminator X. , he originally was not fond of his new name but it eventually grew on him. Terminator meant that he was as a d.j. , putting an end to all the musical nonsense out there. X. stood for the unknown , as in all the knowledge of self taken from the Original Man and Woman.
When I was looking to recruit a d.j. for Public Enemy , I was searching for a d.j. along the lines of the late Jam Master Jay , d.j. for Run-DMC. Jam Master Jay rarely ever made a mistake as a concert d.j. and his precision was legendary. Terminator would fit the same mold.
Terminator was first introduced on a P.E. recording on the closing track of our 1987 debut album “Yo! Bum Rush The Show” on a cut called “Terminator X. Speaks With His Hands”. Terminator was again prominently featured on P.E.’s sophomore set “It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back” on the tracks “Rebel Without A Pause” and “Terminator X. To The Edge Of Panic”. Terminator’s explosive cuts could be especially heard loud in effect on one of the album’s singles “Night Of the Living Baseheads”.
The magnus opus of Terminator’s turn-table work however can be best heard on “Fight The Power” off of P.E.’s 3rd album , 1990’s “Fear Of A Black Planet” and the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s 1989 masterpiece picture “Do The Right Thing”. Terminator X. released his debut solo album “Terminator X. And The Valley Of The Jeep Beets” on Def Jam Records. The album was produced by Terminator himself and Public Enemy production team The Bomb Squad. The album was able to feature some of Long Island’s most talented hip-hop artists and spawned the hits “Homey Don’t Play at” by Bonnie N Clyde , “The Blues” by Andreas 13 and the unforgettable “Buck Whylin’” featuring Yours Truly and Sista Souljah.
Terminator X released his sophomore solo joint in 1994 called “Super Bad” by Terminator X. And The Godfathers Of Threatt”. The album spawned the smash-hit “It all Comes Down To The Money” by Whodini. The album also contained the historical collaboration of M.C. Lyte , Ice-T , Ice Cube and yours truly on the anti censorship anthem “Sticka”. Grandmaster Flash put in an appearance on the album on the track “G-Dam Datt DJ Made My Day”.
The historical rivalry of The Cold Crush Brothers and The Fantastic Five was revived on the track “Stylewild ‘94”. Hip-Hop inventor Kool DJ Herc was featured on 4 tracks , being the 1st time the hip-hop godfather’s voice was ever heard on record. Terminator recorded 7 albums with P.E. before temporarily retiring to run an ostrich farm in South Carolina.
Terminator is currently working on a new album called “Judgment Day”. Terminator X. is one of the most respected d.j.’s in hip-hop history, whose creative , explosive style had many calling him the Jimi Hendrix of the turn-tables.