Who is Percy La Rock? A mysterious old school rap artist unearthed from the archives of hip hop history perhaps, or a clever moniker for a new artist? Neither as it turns out.
Percy La Rock is I.N.T, and I.N.T is a Dutch producer and DJ from Eindhoven, real name Percy Samidjono, who has been active for 20 years. Samidjono’s long list of credits includes work for artists such as La Melodia and Frank N Dank and appearances on the likes of Stones Throw, Kindred Spirits, Rush Hour and Fat City. As for the title, Percy La Rock, it’s the name that Charlie Ahearn, the director of Wild Style, gave Samidjono after a screening of the legendary documentary in Amsterdam that featured a remixed soundtrack composed by the Dutch producer. After years of dedication to the culture and music of hip hop, the Dutch artist was anointed by the pioneers with a true school name.
This autumn Rwina Records is releasing I.N.T’s Percy La Rock E.P, a seven-track homage to Samidjono’s hip hop roots. The music is soulful and slick yet also knocks hard at times. A departure from the more dancefloor sounds Rwina is known for, Percy La Rock is also a reaffirmation of the label’s own roots in hip hop.
Percy La Rock opens with ‘Choices’ a track that features the sultry vocals of JazzMine Garfield over a bouncy bubbler of a beat. This vibe is recaptured later on with ‘Dreamchasers’, this time featuring the vocoded singing of Furlan Williams, a chilly echo from the future past that cuts through the track’s warm and sexy vibe. ‘Earthquake’ offers the only instrumental interlude on the E.P, a hard-as-nails beat that proves Samidjono can hang with the best from the new beat generation. On ‘Shadows of Light’ we take a detour through deeper, jazzy territories before Detroit’s Guilty Simpson comes knocking at the door on ‘Got Em’, the sonic equivalent of a left hook to the jaw. ‘Working On It’ is a slick take on funk and disco standards with Steve Hartley’s slick vocals reminiscent of a certain Jose James, who has supported Samidjono’s music in the past. The E.P closes with ‘Love Me Up’, a south American-tinged groover that lifts up with the sweeping vocals of Sasha Vee.
With the Percy La Rock E.P Samidjono manages to make sense of a surprising amount of seemingly diverse styles in one go, his musical finesse and experience joining the dots between hip hop’s inspirations and variations, between its past, present and future.