19 Songs, 54 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hailing from Patterson Houses projects in the Bronx, Percee P grew up alongside hip-hop, honing his formidable mic skills the old-fashioned way; rocking in the park and battling on the street. Known for his furiously quick flow, intricately layered rhyme schemes, and devastating punchlines, he was/is a true MC's MC. His first official single was released way back in 1988, and he continued to drop 12-inches and showstealing cameo verses throughout the ‘90s and into the new millennium. Though highly respected by fellow rappers and fans around the world, he never got around to putting out a full-length until 2007, joining forces with LA's Stones Throw collective and in-house super-producer Madlib. On the aptly titled Perseverance, the Rhyme Inspector proves that he hasn't lost a step. Whether flipping old-school boasting ("Legendary Lyricist"), vivid storytelling ("Ghetto Rhyme Stories"), or an ode to real hip-hop ("The Lady Behind Me"), Percee shines atop Madlib's frenetic drumbreaks and finely chopped samples. With more than 20 years in the game, Percee P is still one of the best to ever do it, and this album is the long-awaited proof.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hailing from Patterson Houses projects in the Bronx, Percee P grew up alongside hip-hop, honing his formidable mic skills the old-fashioned way; rocking in the park and battling on the street. Known for his furiously quick flow, intricately layered rhyme schemes, and devastating punchlines, he was/is a true MC's MC. His first official single was released way back in 1988, and he continued to drop 12-inches and showstealing cameo verses throughout the ‘90s and into the new millennium. Though highly respected by fellow rappers and fans around the world, he never got around to putting out a full-length until 2007, joining forces with LA's Stones Throw collective and in-house super-producer Madlib. On the aptly titled Perseverance, the Rhyme Inspector proves that he hasn't lost a step. Whether flipping old-school boasting ("Legendary Lyricist"), vivid storytelling ("Ghetto Rhyme Stories"), or an ode to real hip-hop ("The Lady Behind Me"), Percee shines atop Madlib's frenetic drumbreaks and finely chopped samples. With more than 20 years in the game, Percee P is still one of the best to ever do it, and this album is the long-awaited proof.

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About Percee P

The second of six children, John Percy Simon was just three when his mother moved his family to the Patterson projects in the South Bronx in the early '70s. It was there that Percy (as he was called) witnessed the birth of hip-hop. By 1979 Percee (he changed the spelling to emulate artists like Kool Moe Dee) was writing and performing his own rhymes and by high school was a respected local force. In 1992 Percee P made a guest appearance on the Lord Finesse (and former rival) song "Yes You May," followed by work with Vakill, Jedi Mind Tricks, Aesop Rock, and Cenobites, among others. Because for many years he was never officially with any one label, Percee (or the Rhyme Inspector) had to make his name known by hawking his own mixtapes outside Fat Beats Records in Manhattan as well as at various shows, eventually compiling many of his songs together under the title Legendary Status (released in 2005). In 2003 Percee signed to California-based Stones Throw, which released his long-awaited solo debut, Perseverance, in September 2007. ~ Marisa Brown

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