Percee P has been in the game for a while, as far back as 1979 and for me is mad underrated among the wider audience. In a relaxed informal discussion held at 90.7 Breakbeats & Rhymes, Percee P and legendary producer Lord Finesse give some interesting insights on the development of hip hop music over the years. Finesse also goes on to re-sight some of Perce’s rhymes, paying homage to one of hip hops most prolific lyricists.

“Perce’ was so nice I had to put him on two songs on the second album”……Lord Finesse

Finesse takes the view that most of today’s emcees who enter the cipher lack technical lyrical ability and is amazed that the majority of fans don’t notice. Percee P makes the observation that fans aren’t as critical as they used to be back in the day.  This is a very valid point and one that I  share with him. I think fans should expect more and hold some of these cookie cutter emcees accountable.

Hip hop was such an underground sub culture back in the day,  you had to be crazy nice on the mic or you would get exposed. This acted as a form of regulation that sifted out the wack from the real talent. The hip hop landscape today is vastly different because it has become such a wide spread corporate commodity. The whole game has changed at every level.

Mobb Deep’s Havoc said in a recent interview that when he first started out in the industry it was all about the album, but today it’s all about making a hit single. Working on an album was like leaving a legacy, your own personal stamp in hip hop history. Times have really changed. How many people even bother to buy an album these days other than the hardcore collectors? Most people just troll through youtube or soundcloud and maybe download the occasional track. It’s sad to say but with the rapid rise of technology and the way we now access music, the days of the eagerly anticipated album could be confined to history.

 

Breakbeats & Rhymes Radio is hosted by Los Angeles Hiphop duo, Rebels To The Grain. The show is broadcast live each Sunday morning from 2-4 A.M. on 90.7 F.M. (KPFK).