Nate Peracciny is a man to rally around.
In thinking big and acting accordingly, the 25-year-old Lockport native is elbow-greasing his way to the forefront of Buffalo's hip-hop scene -- not as a performer, but as a promoter.
Peracciny's Black and Blue Entertainment, a "collective" of financial partners and flier pushers, is bringing together both international icons and local luminaries of hip-hop in a determined effort to tag Buffalo as more than just a bit player in the greater game. He's not the first to attempt this, but he's poised to succeed.
Volume one in his "Throw Back Series" hits the Buffalo Icon, 391 Ellicott St., on Thursday, headlined by Raekwon and Kool G Rap and featuring many more touring and local artists.
From the legends he's brought in to their appreciative audiences, those who discuss Peracciny (who also books all music for Broadway Joe's) all speak volumes not only of his attention to detail and open door to involvement, but of a sincerity and humility in his broad vision, which he recently gave a glimpse of.
What inspired this focus on hip-hop shows?
I'm not doing this to be the voice of hip-hop -- I'm doing it because I can, as long as you work hard, and work with the right people. I'm not an emcee or a DJ, I just love the music. I've always loved the entire art form, from b-boy dancing to graffiti drawing. Some of it is a little weird to me, but there's a self-expression that's totally honest.
Actually, my course into hip-hop came through old soul, like James Brown, Otis Redding, and Al Green -- music that's so timeless that you just can't get away. You could hear a jazz or soul tune that's amazing and realize you first heard it in an old hip-hop tune. I love how hip-hop artists make something new out of the music they love. That they can take something, transform it into something completely different and have it be just as powerful is amazing.
What made the Buffalo Icon emerge as the best venue?
They're easy and open-minded to work with. Like Broadway Joe's, they support everything from hip-hop to hardcore, and they put it out there downtown. The first show we did on a larger level was there in May, and we made a great impression. We had 550 people there, and some of the artists -- who were on a 56-city tour -- called and made a point to say that Buffalo treated them the best. DJ Arcitecht's from San Francisco and has toured all over the world, and he can't wait to come back here. DJ Storm from Wu-Tang is elated to be coming back with Raekwon, because he knows he's gonna be respected. And the response for Kool G Rap alone has been amazing. People I don't even know are calling and thanking me, saying they've been waiting 10 to 20 years to see him. I'm hoping that with this, we'll be able to work with other venues to take on a show that's safe and secure and support hip-hop music.
Which artists would you most like to bring to Buffalo next?
I'd like to see Rakim. We were talking to him earlier and had an agreement, but it wasn't solidified. Grand Puba would be nice, or the Brand Nubians. EPMD, if they ever got back together. Pete Rock would be great -- I could dream all day on this.
Based on who you've already brought in, those names don't sound unrealistic.
That's the thing -- anything's possible, you just have to really try. And it's not so much who I want to see, it's what the people want. At the show, we have a table where you can tell us exactly who you want to see. Whatever the people want, we're willing to bring that to them. At least we'll try our best, we'll try day and night to make it happen. That's what the Throw Back's all about.
Basically, it's all about believing in your brainstorms.
Exactly. If you have an idea, just do it. Don't think about it till you murder the idea. You're the only person who can stop it from happening. Work with the right people, pay attention to detail, be willing to make mistakes, and it'll be there.
-- Seamus Gallivan, Special to The News