Madlib must've been pumped to produce for labelmate Percee P, the Bronx soundbomber and East Coast indie rap vet who came up in the 90s hustling tapes outside Fat Beats in NYC. It's not every day that 'Lib, a reputed studio hermit, lends his rhythms to an entire full-length. But on Percee's long-awaited debut, he plays Preemo to P's Jeru circa 94-96, his twisted beat work extending through this cohesive LP, which contains more dope than Barry Bonds's bloodstream.
The tapestry of sounds -- melted soul flowing over Eastern melodies, muddy bass lines and squelching percussion -- perfectly underscores Percee's equally dense internal rhymes and pent-up boasts about his microphone prowess. He also gets by with a little help from Diamond D and Vinnie Paz of Jedi Mind Tricks.
But without any songs devoted to (or designed to come out of) T-Mobile products, the only concern is that Perseverance will go over hiphop heads. Do not sleep.