Written by: Kymmi Cee
Perry “Perrion” Rodriguez was born in Washington Heights, NY on December 20th, 1990, but later raised in Harlem. He developed an ear for music, particularly hip-hop at an early age with moguls such as Jay Z, Tupac, Notorious B.I.G., and Wu Tang Clan to catch his interest. Perry began rapping around the the feeble age of 8. He and his brother,Rafael “Preview” Rodriquez, would beat box, spit a few bars and soon realize that busting a rhyme was more than just a hobby, but instead a passion. As a child, Perry recalls, one of his favorite memories was going with his father to buy one of the latest rap albums of The WIZ.
At 11, still a tender age, Perrion appeared on the public access rap show Mad Cyphers with his older cousin Jae Millz and brother Preview. He learned how to play the drums when he was 12, and would later start a band with a few of his friends.
When Perrion turned 13, he and his brother were signed to Universal Records, but were dropped from the label due to unfortunate circumstances. Still, the brothers made it to go on a few tours, appear in a couple of music videos such as “Who” with Jae Millz and “Take It Slow” with Oryan. After the mishap, Perry turned away from music for a while and began focusing on other things such as skateboarding, a new hobby he would pick up in New York. He and some friends eventually made a video about that subculture titled “Mira CoNYo.”
At age 17, Perrion moved to Marietta Georgia where he finished his senior year of high school along with more raps. Being away from the business of NY, Perry says, allowed him to focus more on music while in Georgia. In the winter of 2010, Perry’s hard work would finally show. He dropped his debut mixtape, “Perception“, inspired by the academy award winning film, Inception. The project reminded people of Curren$y and early Wiz Khalifa, but Perry was not satisfied. His next project, “Le Bourgeon,” included a few self-produced tracks, but Perry still was not satisfied. He teamed up with a, at the time, Complex Magazine internAndrew Rivera, who would become his manager today. Together the two developed his sound, skill and following. Perry finished the project, moved back to NY and released it.
Following the release of “Le Bourgeon” Perry teamed up with Olivia Newton-Atwell and began working on his next release, “Circuit Breaker.” The project included featured raps over musical talents such as Neon Indian, Bibio, Onra, Lone, and MF Doom.
Music videos for singles“Don’t Stop” and “Fire Ant,” off of Circuit Breaker, were well received all over the internet. Sites and blogs such as Hypetrak, Earmilk, stupidDOPE, and many more posted the mixtape and praised Perry for his separation from the familiar hip-hop beats and 90’s golden age flow. Streetwear Brand Mishka also supported the Perrion Movement and posted both his music and videos on their blog and included him in their Spring 2012 Lookbook.
The last project that Perry released was “From Paris With Love,” featuring beat maker Myth Syzer, who was discovered by the French clothing brand “Poyz & Pirlz.” The brand had separately come across both artists and wanted to sponsor a tape between the two. The project included features from Harlem notables such as Slim Dollars, A$AP Ferg and Jae Millz. In February of 2012, Perry was flown out to France for the project’s release.
In his most recent work, Perry has been working on his upcoming release, “From Perry, With Love,” which will included no features this time around. Though there is no set date for the project to drop, we can expect some word by the end of the summer…let’s hope. However, in the meantime, check out what he’s got.