“More heart than the Franklin Institute”: Watch Boy Pierce build his new track “Resume” from the ground up

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 3.37.10 PMLast time we saw Philly-bred, NY-based rapper Boy Pierce, he was rapping over everything – or, more explicitly, an assortment of samples ranging from U2’s “Mysterious Ways” to Super Mario Brothers’ underworld score and Billy Joel’s “Angry Young Man.”

His most recent video for “RÉSUMÉ (Rhythmic Eclectic Sequence of Unique Melodic Experimentation)” finds the rapper in similar megamix mode, but here we get a behind-the-scenes look at his process. Seated at his home workstation with a keyboard, microphone, a touchscreen laptop and audio software, Pierce builds a track from the ground up and begins flowing overtop, telling the story of his move to New York and dropping great lines like “more heart than the Franklin Institute” and referencing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze as the beat he built shapeshifts in tone and tempo. Watch and listen below.


Watch as Philly MC Boy Pierce raps over everything

Okay, so it’s not “everything” in the literal sense, but this new video from Philly rapper Boy Pierce does a respectable job delivering what it promises. It follows Pierce into Center City’s Lorelei Recording Studio, where he pops on a pair of cans and starts flowing to a beat. His nerdy / nasal King Ad-Rock vocal style might sound a bit corny at the outset – I’ll admit, I almost switched it off – but wait, he’s just getting warmed up. Once a loop of U2’s “Mysterious Ways” kicks it, you’ll be hooked, as I was. The groove is locked in, and Pierce’s delivery is now confident, tight and on point as he continues to rap across Billy Joel deep cuts, iconic video game scores, and other bits of hiphop trivia.