We had a chance to sit down with Legendary Percee P & Lord Finesse during Hiphop history month, which celebrates 25 years of a historical rap battle by these two. It is extremely rare to have any member of DITC in the building so we were ready for this! Take a journey into the careers of Lord Finesse & Percee P. Big up Beat Bop Scholar for sharing his Percee P gems with us and Strictly Cassette for blessing us with the ILL tapes!
We’ve mentioned this incredible battle a few times, but this time, we have some commentary behind the legendary showdown courtesy of Ego Trip (you can read the whole thing here), who sat down with The Funkyman to get some behind-the-scenes insight . It’s really hard to call who won this shit as they both came with their A-game. Those of you in NYC, Ego Trip is holding a screening of Jun Okhi’s dope documentary that covers many of the DITC members, SBX: Holding Down Tradition at Maysles Cinema tonight. If you’re a 90s head, you won’t wanna miss this, it’s a dope documentary that flew under the radar. Good luck finding a copy on DVD.
By “compound word” combinations what do you mean?
Lord Finesse: Okay, here’s a compound. The wit of it is making words that don’t normally rhyme together, you two-word ’em, you compound ’em, and then you punchline it. Like: “Large Fort Knox size/ If I’m not rollin’ like a rock slide/ I’m layin’ in the cut like peroxide.” So you got three compounds and the third compound is actually a punchline. That’s wit! That’s what I was great at. Hittin’ you with words that you don’t see comin’.
But you got Perc going at a thousand miles an hour: “Like sulfuric acid I’m lethal/ Soon as my words reach you they eat through/ Brains of those that chose to speak to/ I’m wiser, smoother/ Keep up or I’ll lose you/ When I maneuver/ Words when they’re heard will confuse you/ Bruise you/ I’m high potent/ Devotin’ much time into every line/ Every rhyme of mine is worth quotin’/ I’m like a college dorm/ People will swarm for knowledge/ Applicants chill out and fill out a form.” GOD DAMN!
Directed + Edited by Ivan Ives
The legendary Bronx spitter unleashes some visuals for The Woman Behind Me (rmx) produced by Madlib. This can be found on Percee P’s Perseverance: The Madlib Remix which you can support by copping here. As a bonus, I’ve thrown in the high-profile Bronx battle between Percee & Lord Finesse circa 1989 below.
Part 2 of splash!-Mag’s Channel Zero series w/ Black Milk & Elzhi takes it back to the golden days of Motown, as they talk about sampling and get to know Germany’s counterpart of the legendary Percee P. And speaking of P, hit the jump for some quick behind the scenes footage of him and Miles Jones on set for their Rhymes Like This video.
Linking up with 247HH, DJ Babu Rhettmatic sent this to me yesterday and I meant to post it but to be honest I was too involved with blasting it through my headphones to do anything else with it. You already know Rhett holds it the fuck down on the 1s & 2s and the artists shown in the image above should be bonus incentives to hitting the jump and enjoying some funk.
It’s a 30 minute mix with some Funk shit (not the P-Funk, but Funky Soul shit) & some classic & new Hip Hop shit. It’s something to get your James Brown on. Go ahead & share with your friends….and please feel free to post it up on your music blogs as well. Hope you like it…enjoy! – Rhettmatic
Tracklist + Download link after the jump…