"It's a straight B-Boy type of beat. I brought back some drums
that make you feel like this is something that B-Boys can get down
to. A lot of my other songs do too but that song is basically a
one-verse song kind of like "Lung Collapsing Lyrics" which
I did back in the past. People were always like "yo are you
ever gonna do something like that again." This is your chance
to hear it again. One verse, straight hard drums that sound that you
ain't getting no more. When you hear that beat it sounds strictly
old school like a break beat type of feel. That's what I'm spitting
on but it's a non-stop verse and it goes straight through."
Naming the album "Perseverance" and Madlib producing
the whole album - as told to ThaFormula.Com
P: Well my album is called "Perseverance." the
reason I called it that is because I've actually been rhyming
since 1979 and I started recording professionally on records
from 1988 until this present date which is like 19 years so it
was very hard for an artist who came out in the 80's who never
really made an album, but managed to survive all these years to
finally come out with a debut. I mean that's perseverance
because there were plenty of years where I could have thrown in
the towel. But I'm Hip-Hop in my heart because I really started
wanting to rhyme more because I saw cats in the park throwing
jams so that's the reason I became an MC, not because of the
labels and videos. So I just persevered through the years and
I'm still around and I had to go in the street to keep my name
alive when I didn't have a record. So I survived mainly on the
streets to and that's what kept my name around until I could
come back out with a new album like this one on Stones Throw
Records. That's how I met them grinding, and that's Perseverance
and that's something that everybody needs to have in this
business cause everything ain't always gonna be uphill for you.
Things are gonna be downhill too so you've got to just take it
and just try to use it as experience and motivation to keep you
striving and wait for the day to come. Today is my day now and
the album is out everywhere.
when the Stones Throw guys met me, it was Wildchild, Madlib,
Peanut Butter Wolf, Romes and Egon and they bought music from me
of like tapes and stuff that I had and they was telling me how
they were out here in New York doing a show tomorrow and I was
like "word I'll come through." I said I'm an artist
too, my name is Percee P and they said, "oh you are the
same Percee P that worked with Lord Finesse" and I was like
"yeah," and they were just like "oh man." So
Wildchild had wanted me on video and got footage of me that's on
the "Packumentary" and both of them were like
"yeah we are recording a new album and we would love to try
and do something with you." Madlib was like "I
definitely would like to produce a whole album with you"
and then they asked me while I was recording my album to be on
the Jaylib and the rest is history.
1 "Intro" Track 2 "The Hand That Leads You"
- as told to ThaFormula.Com
P: Well originally that track was done to another beat.
Madlib took my vocals and that's a remix actually on my album
that you are listening to. They put the singing vocals that
comes in every once and while when I'm rhyming and on the hook
part, so basically it's a different record. But when I'm rhyming
braggadocios style, just busting rhymes for MC's, but I'm
actually saying a lot too. When you listen to my rhymes, I'm
talking about personal things I sometimes go through and am
trying to say something that is motivational to another artist
who is on the street grinding and feeling that maybe people are
sleeping. So I'm trying to give pride to those people. So
hopefully if you're listening, it might be something that you
might find motivational.
3 "The Man to Praise" - as told to ThaFormula.Com
P: That's a story rhyme. I actually said that in a rhyme a
long time ago. It's a rhyme that I wrote in 1990 but the rhyme
got quoted in the Source Magazine in 1992 and I threw that same
rhyme on Lord Finesses' album. The song is called "Yes You
May" and it got me rhyme of the month in the Source
magazine. The remix to the song is the first song Big L was ever
featured on. But in that verse I said, "Percee P is the man
to praise" in the rhyme and "that man to praise"
is something that a lot of people always say when they see me.
So it gave me the idea and basically is something that one day
people will give me some homage or recognize me for when my day
comes and people can kind of congratulate me on what I'm doing.
So it's basically my story. I'm telling you my whole Hip-Hop
history of 1979, moving up to date. Things I have been through
in my past, how I felt when I wasn't getting no props and so on.
"The Man To Praise" sounded more like a story beat.
It's a slow kind of mid-tempo beat, its melodic and its
something that I could sell my story rhyme too, where it wasn't
all fast, you could follow me and it's still musical.
4 "Legendary Lyricist" Ft. Madlib - as told to
P: That's a song where people say I'm a legend in the game,
but I'm a lyricist though. Madlib is on the hook and when you
listen to that song, I'm talking about a lot of things I've been
through. I talk about me standing on the corner and grinding on
the street differently. I'm talking about the heat and the
winter, all that stuff I talk about in that song. A lot of times
people might look at me because I'm on the street selling CD's
that I'm probably not doing nothing but that, but really it's up
to you when you listen to that song. But then you go on stuff
like Myspace and you can see I showed you visually what you
don't see me doing when I'm actually just coming around just
slanging a CD. "Legendary Lyricist" is more of a break
beat feel. When you listen to the drums it sounds like something
that people would say "this is something that they was
doing in the golden era." I'm from the parks so I'm trying
to make something that feels like something you would have heard
back when cats was rocking in the parks in the Bronx. So I try
to pick that feel that people can say "ah this is that
authentic Hip-Hop feel from back then that's really kind of
missing now." So I'm trying to bring back that feel when
you listen to that.
5 "Watch Your Step" Ft. Vinnie Paz & Guilty
Simpson - as told to ThaFormula.Com
P: That's a grimy beat. The beat is grimy. That beat is
featuring me, Vinnie Paz and Guilty Simpson. So it's all of us
representing different places. I'm out here in L.A. and I'm from
New York, Guilty is from Detroit and Vinnie is from Philly. I
think that beat has a commercial and underground feel. To me
underground Hip-Hop ain't a sound, its the condition your in. I
want to be a mainstream artist if possible. I'm not gonna change
what I'm doing to be mainstream though. I don't believe you have
to change your sound. So that song has Guilty Simpson doing the
chorus and I believe those cats that are on the grind that's
really not all into Hip-Hop, but more on the mainstream tip,
they could listen to that song and relate to that song on the
strength of the beat and the hook. Vinnie Paz, I was featured on
his Jedi Mind Tricks "Visions of Gandhi" album and
that was my way of reaching back for somebody that looked out
for me to from the East. Guilty was down with J Dilla so that
was one of J Dilla's big homies and he brought him in. So that
was my way of trying to pay homage and put on my album somebody
from Detroit who is trying to get on because they have good
music but they just need the exposure. He made the title so
basically "Watch Your Step" was something that he
6 "Who With Me?" - as told to ThaFormula.Com
P: It's just me getting lyrical basically the hook is
"yo who with me? If you with me, you are gonna support me?
This is my time and I want to know if your hearing me out
there?" because if you've known me for years I always been
a lyrical cat, but cats be like "yo man, that lyrical
content ain't really around." This is your chance to
actually hear that type of stuff that you're claiming that
you're not really getting. So I basically had to bring it. So
it's basically just me asking for support and for you to give it
up to me when I come to your town.
7 "2 Brothers from The Gutter" Ft. Diamond D - as told
P: I'm from the gutter. I'm from one of the worst slums in
America man, South Bronx. Diamond D is from the South Bronx just
like me so basically we are from the same part of the Bronx, but
just a little distance away but still the South Bronx. I called
it "Brothers from the Gutter" because that's where we
are from and we represent a lot of cats from the hood all over
America that knows what it is to be out of there. But I think
the gutter just makes you stronger as a person because if you
grew up poor in poor conditions, you didn't grow up fortunate
enough to have swimming pools and back yards and I grew up
around a lot of burned down buildings and cats on the corner and
heroine and crack. And that's before, the Bronx been tore down
before the crack era. I'm talking about the 60's and if you've
seen footage it was before crack so I've seen it like that. A
lot of places have said when crack came their communities went
bad but I seen that before crack even came into play and when
crack came its something that just got worse. You can see
footage on my Myspace page of how it used to look and how
they're starting to fix it up and make it look a little better.
8 "Ghetto Rhyme Stories" - as told to ThaFormula.Com
P: That's a story of how people get caught up with girls
chasing after the wrong type of female and you wind up getting
messed up. Get killed, and jealousy chasing after these girls. A
lot of females sometimes can get you caught up, they could be
having a whole bunch of guys and the next thing you know you are
caught up in a situation with other guys because they are not
telling you what's up. You end up getting hurt or killed because
they are not telling you what's up. So it's basically a story
that people can relate to from all over.
9 "Throwback Rap Attack" - as told to ThaFormula.Com
P: It's a straight B-Boy type of beat. I brought back some
drums that make you feel like this is something that B-Boys can
get down to. A lot of my other songs do too but that song is
basically a one-verse song kind of like "Lung Collapsing
Lyrics" which I did back in the past. People were always
like "yo are you ever gonna do something like that
again." This is your chance to hear it again. One verse,
straight hard drums that sound that you ain't getting no more.
When you hear that beat it sounds strictly old school like a
break beat type of feel. That's what I'm spitting on but it's a
non-stop verse and it goes straight through.
10 "No Time for Jokes" Ft. Chali 2na - as told to
P: It's me and Chali 2na from Jurassic 5 spitting on there.
So we switch it up, I say Boogie Down, he says Chi-Town because
that's where he is from originally. So we are just letting
people know where we are from.
11 "Last of the Great" Ft. Prince Po - as told to
P: That's me and Prince Po, my man from the high school days
before I actually made a record. Prince and Pharoahe (Monch)
went to high school with me. I say I'm one of the most slept on
underground MC's in Hip-Hop and I felt the same way about Po. He
is a dope MC that people sleep on but he is ill. People need to
do their research. But basically we are two of the last of the
greats and I feel that now is our time to shine. I'm just
getting mines now and I'm grateful. I'm coming out with an album
and all this stuff so that's cool and the title is
self-explanatory I believe.
13 "Put It On The Line" - as told to ThaFormula.Com
P: That's what I do. I remember once upon a time I used to
have a regular day job and I was still making records at the
time. But I had a job and I wasn't out as much the way I am now.
People know me now because I pop up places trying to grind and
sell CD's. So I think nowadays more people know me for coming to
clubs, hitting the spots up, bouncing around trying to promote
myself which is something I should have done back in the day. So
basically I'm trying to make up for all those years. I said if I
really want to make it with my music I'ma put it all on the
line. So I called it that for a reason.
14 "The Dirt & Filth" Ft. Aesop Rock - as told to
P: "The Dirt & Filth" is me and Aesop Rock and
that's the hook that we represent New York and Cali because
Aesop Rock is another New York artist that moved to Cali but he
is up in San Francisco. He moved to San Fran and got married
like last year I believe. "The Dirt & Filth" is
over a rock influenced beat. It's straight rock guitar and
basically something that is different for me because I wanna
break new ground and make new sounds that maybe I've never got a
chance to do or people thought I would have never made. I don't
want to be predictable. So I think it's a dope beat and I think
we are both doing our thing on it, but it's just something
different amongst the other collaborations I did.
16 "Mastered Craftsman" - as told to ThaFormula.Com
P: That's my definition of an MC. People say "move the
crowd," "microphone controller" and all that
stuff. Not everybody is a "mastered craftsman" to me.
Just because you can make words rhyme don't make you a
"mastered craftsman." If you listen to how I use words
and manipulate them to flip and say sentences using patterns and
all that, that's a "mastered craftsman," if you know
how to use words well and manipulate them to do whatever you
want, however you want on a beat, that's a "mastered
craftsman." When you listen to that song you will know what
I'm talking about. Paint pictures and still use flows and
patterns and be making sense too.
17 "Raw Heat" (45 Version) - as told to ThaFormula.Com
P: Okay "Raw Heat" is a hook that Madlib made
himself. So it's just raw heat and basically that's what it is.
The hook says "Microphones I bust," because that's
what I do. I bust microphones like guns. So, "microphones I
crush, clones get crushed." You know anybody wack or biting
MC's are gonna get crushed is what I mean with that line. I also
say on the hook, "A rap cat you really see on the
street." That's what I do because I'm always out here and
that's the hook. So you really see me out there. You got a lot
of cats that talk about how they be grinding and hustling, but
you don't really see them. You see me by myself at all times. I
ain't one of them artists walking around with entourages, I've
never been like that. I've never felt like I wanted to be living
that kind of life. So I pop up to a lot of places by myself and
I still try to do things that the average person would do. Get
on the bus, walk down the street and take the train. Same as I
used to do in New York, I try and do it here, but out here is a
little different to get around. So basically when you listen to
the hook it's saying all that. I'm out here, you can see me and
actually walk up to me. A lot of artists they are not accessible
to the fans. I mean you can see them at the shows, but you can't
walk up to them because they stay back stage, which I never do.
I'm always in the crowd coming to clubs early to catch the line
waiting to get in. I'm always with the people because the people
18 "The Lady Behind Me" - as told to ThaFormula.Com
P: That is my rhyme style that I have had since way back in
the days and I developed her over the years and she has been
with me for years. It's a story rhyme and she is a female that
has been with me. I have been through my ups and downs with her.
Some people thought maybe I should basically go astray or commit
adultery on my style but I stuck it out through the hard times
and now look, she mad me look good. So you will hear it. I say a
lot of things and I get graphic with her. Listen to the song
it's real deep and I thing it's genius how Madlib in between my
verses put a hook with a voice talking back to me. You got to
hear it, I think that is one of my favorite songs.
Tracks "Untitled" Ft. Wildchild & Medaphoar &
"Real Talk" - as told to ThaFormula.Com
P: That one is still untitled and I've still got to get the
hook for that. It's basically a song that's recorded and it will
be on my remix album. We saved it purposely to make you have a
reason to make you go and get this. This
"Perseverance" album will have a Remix CD. It was
originally gonna be a double disc like the Jaylib, but we are
gonna separate it. The remix CD will be all new Madlib beats and
we will have that song that's not on here and another song
called "Real Talk."
How the remix album came about - as told to ThaFormula.Com
P: Every track is gonna be remixed by Madlib. Madlib thought
about doing it because he is always into it when he gets your
vocals. He always is trying to flip stuff up and maybe come up
with other beats and see what he could do with it. So he just
started remixing everything. He said "yo we're gonna make a
remix CD with this shit" because he made some dope remixes
for them too. It will probably drop a few months after this CD.
Thoughts On The Album - as told to ThaFormula.Com
P: I feel like from the beginning to the end of my album,
there is no skip thorough tracks on there. I feel like if you
play it on a good sound system, you can actually play my whole
album because I am actually doing different things, telling
different stories and time traveling basically. I don't think my
style is repetitious at all. So I just want to ask everybody to
please go out and support me and this new album and you can go
on my Myspace page because I do sell music directly to the fans.
If you never get a chance to see me live in the flesh well then
maybe you can get online and I personally send out the CD's
myself and sign autographs and everything. That is a way you can
help me because when I grind I'm not just doing it for love, I'm
doing it to survive and it keeps me doing what I like to do. I
don't want to have to conform and get no job. I'm a family man
but I'm still trying to stick to my dream. The only way I could
still do my Hip-Hop is if you support me. Like if you're a
promoter or show promoter, you can book me for shows. If you are
an artist I will collaborate with you but I do need to make some
money so I could take care of things at home. I can't be doing
rhymes for free. How could I pay bills and stuff? I need to pay
rent and things like that. I need the money and same way if you
collaborate with me, my label will pay you to be on my album so
you know I need it too. It's not about the money but it is about
the money nowadays. Support me because I'm a fan too. So I'm not
just saying to buy me, I listen to peoples music to and still go
out and buy peoples CD's and if I see you personally, I'd rather
put the money in your hand because I wanna make sure you eatin'.
So hopefully if you ever get a chance to meet me and you feel
like, I'm worthy, here is your chance, I could use the money. I
need it right then and there like everybody else who needs to
pay bills. I'm just another one. Just because I'm an artist
doesn't mean I got my foot up on tables and I don't need to work
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