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Perseverance

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Intro
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The Hand That Leads You
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The Man To Praise
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Legendary Lyricist
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Watch Your Step
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Who With Me?
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2 Brothers From The Gutter
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Ghetto Rhyme Stories
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Throwback Rap Attack
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No Time For Jokes
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Last Of The Greats
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BX (Interlude)
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Put It On The Line
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The Dirt And Filth
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LA (Interlude)
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Mastered Craftsman
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Raw Heat (45 Version)
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The Lady Behind Me
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Outro
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 19   Total Length: 54:05

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Amelia Raitt

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Amelia Raitt is a former writer for the television program Mr. Belvedere and has been writing about pop music of all colors and stripes for eMusic since 2005. S...more »

04.22.11
Percee P, Perseverance
Label: Stones Throw

Perseverance is pretty much the height of understatement for what Percee P has gone through to get to this point. P released his debut single in 1988 and his major label bid in 1992, "Lung Collapsing Lyrics," seemed to augur widespread fame and unimaginable fortune. But neither came and P gave up the rap game, spending much of the decade working in retail.

That all changed in the late '90s, when P decided to give rapping… read more »

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Effortless!

darksun7

This is raw. Simple and plain. If you're lookin for somethin flashy...look elsewhere. This is strong!

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Perseverance , one of Hip-Hop's finest moments

dirty3

Percee P and Madlib, it just doesn't get any better. Perce advances with a barrage of lyrics that I haven't heard since the Nasty NaS days (Illmatic). Madlib's always beautiful production flows perfectly with Perce's arsenal making this one of my top 10 albums ever. Truly a beautiful album in any genre. Also if you haven't downloaded it already, Spirit of 94-Version 9.0 by Kaze and 9th Wonder also a masterpiece.

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bokson

La belle brochette de featurings ne vient en rien servir de vitrine à cet album que la patte de Percee P parvient sans mal à consolider. C'est ce que prouvent notamment les "The Hand That Leads You", "Put It On The Line", "Raw Heat", et "The Lady Behind Me", tout comme les très réussis "The Man To Praise", "Throwback Rap Attack", et "Mastered Craftsman", transpirant tous un côté old school et régurgitant une expérience à la fois solide et frustrée. À tel point qu'on a parfois un peu trop l'impression d'assister à une performance, comme si Percee P avait plus ou moins voulu, par ce "Perseverance", remettre un peu trop rapidement les pendules à l'heure. Ça passe donc lors d'écoutes éparses, un peu moins quand on s'enfile ce disque du début à la fin. Reste que cet opus répare dignement une injustice, et que la carrière de Percee P est désormais bel et bien lancée. Mieux vaut tard que jamais... www.bokson.net

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Very solid

sixfive

Great production and Percee's better than I thought. Recommended!

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Great!

DJJAMAL

Madlib's production style with Percee's work is like the perfect recipe for bangin' joints for '07. Percee is without a doubt one of (if not THE) MOST slept on dudes in rap right now, and one of the best 'UNDIE' rappers period. It's about damm time the P-man got some love, even though he had to go to the left to do it. NYC's loss on this one.

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It took almost 20 years since John Percy Simon, aka Percee P, first started rapping for him to put out his first full-length record. This wasn’t, however, for lack of trying: Percee spent much of the ’80s and early ’90s trying to land a deal, making some guest appearances on the way, but to little success. Still, his resilient self-promotion and impressive flow eventually got him noticed by the Los Angeles-based label Stones Throw, who signed him in 2003. Finally, in 2007, the fruits of his hard labor were released to the world. What results, the aptly titled Perseverance, is unlike most other contemporary hip-hop albums out there, both mainstream and underground. Percee has always been about his lyrics, about showing off his intricate rhyme scheme and highly developed delivery style, about storytelling and boasting and having fun, so even though Madlib lays down a good set of beats (only a few of which sound recycled from one of his numerous other projects), there are few hooks or even empty space (excluding the four brief instrumentals), almost all of the focus given to Percee P’s verses. Thematically, the songs here oscillate between the MC protesting about the lack of recognition he’s received and extolling his own superiority, ideas which often, unsurprisingly, overlap (“Tracks are raw, still cats ignore/In fact I’m more better than them cats you asking for on racks in stores,” he spits in “The Hand That Leads You”). And while on one hand it might be interesting to hear Percee expand his lyrical content, on the other hand it’s nice to find an MC who’s hasn’t tried to change himself to fit the trends. He’s been doing hip-hop since it first started, and he’s kept the old-school mentality, though he hasn’t allowed it to jade him so much that he’s unable to adapt with the times, either. He cops verses from artists who have been around for a while (Diamond D, Prince Po) as well as from those who are more recently established, but just as highly respected (Aesop Rock, Vinnie Paz from Jedi Mind Tricks), and allows the ultra-modern, experimental Madlib to produce as he sees fit, trusting his collaborators as much as he expects them to trust him, and ending up, because of that, with a very strong record, and one definitely worth the wait. – Marisa Brown

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