Terminator X Returns With ‘Judgement Day’
Terminator X made his mark on hip-hop as one of the founding members of Public Enemy, and after years of retirement, he's ready to return to the scene. The South Carolina resident is prepping the release of a new compilation album 'Judgment Day,' intended as a tribute to the five pillars of hip-hop -- B-Boying, rapping, DJ-ing, graffiti and knowledge. The LP, which features production from Andreaus 13, Nicky Wattz, Scriptures, Jamal Malik and more, is slated for release in 2011.
"Andreaus 13 and Terminator have watched the music industry corporate executive's destroy these sacred elements that hip-hop and rap were developed on," X's rep told AHH. "Just like they destroyed the world's economy on Wall Street! 'Judgment Day' is here to counter the chaos and mayhem that the current state of hip-hop has caused to besiege our community."
As one of the original members of Public Enemy, the 44-year-old DJ had a heavy hand in their classic albums 'Yo! Bum Rush the Show,' 'It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back' and 'Fear of a Black Planet.' X, whose real name is Norman Rogers, left the group in 1991 to release his first solo album 'Terminator X & The Valley of Jeep Beats' featuring guest appearances from Sista Souljah and Chuck D.
X followed his solo debut with '94's 'Super Bad,' which touted an all-star roster including Kool DJ Herc, MC Lyte, Ice Cube, Grandmaster Flash and more. He retired from the music industry in 2003 and later purchased an ostrich farm in South Carolina.