Throngs of suburban college students flocked to Times Square last night for their hip-hop fix as old-school Bronx rapper Percee P took the stage at B.B. King’s Blues Club. Joined onstage by former Lootpack emcee Wildchild — whose own energized set had the house bouncing — Percee made a point of encouraging up and coming rappers in the crowd to keep pushing their tapes on the street. (He made a name for himself selling his mixtapes on the streets of Brooklyn.) “I meet so many of you out there pushin’ your tapes,” he shouted. “Don’t give up on your dreams. I’m livin’ my dream up here.”
After guesting on a crowdpleasing new Wildchild track entitled “The League,” (whose chorus, “We are the league of extraordinary gentlemen/The fantastic five MCs,” inspired the audience to sing along), Percee got down to business, backed by veteran turntablist J-Rocc of the Beat Junkies. The rapper wasted no time blazing through his half-hour set, including a five-minute a cappella performance that had the crowd on their knees. Closing with a solid mix of new rhymes and classic tracks from his nearly 20-year career, Percee thanked the audience and humbly took his place among the crowd.