Victor Esz Perdue, of the Inlet section of Atlantic City, is not your average walk in the park MC. Looking beyond the horizon knowing that success only comes with endurance and the determination to be different, he promotes his growth by working harder and not just attempting to rely on talent alone. The values instilled in him by his mother make him one solid individual.
Victor Perdue was born to Grace and Wayne Perdue on August 8, 1982. His mother is from Nigeria, West Africa, and his father is from Philadelphia, PA. She was a school teacher and a church musician. His father was a professional boxer.
Victor has been developing his talents since he was 2 years old. At an early age, he began drawing. Afterward, he started writing his lyrics and mimicking Michael Jackson which sparked a desire in his heart to perform. Growing up in the Inlet section of Atlantic City was tough. Receiving encouragement from Raymond Tyler Jr., who is now the host of the Alternative Soul Breakfast Club radio program on WTTH “The Touch”, and his brother Mark Tyler, who is now a successful real estate investor. His caretaker in his early years, Luvenia Watts, and his mother were great guidance as well. Soon, Victor saw a light beyond the tunnel. Besides, playing drums in the Boardwalk Seahawks Drum Corps was also an added inspiration on his path.
During Esz’s high school years, it became evident that writing lyrics and rapping would become a primary means of expressing his feelings. At that time he enjoyed listening to artists such as The Lox, Fat Joe, LL Cool J, Canibus, and DMX, just to name a few.
Armed with confidence in his unique style, he started to enter local street battles and poetry slams to perfect his freestyle and writing ability. One place that helped him elevate his talent was a local open mic venue called the Flow Session, where many local artists from Atlantic City got their start.
He performed there for about five years. Then he felt ready to perform on a larger scale and show the tri-state area that he had the talent and ability to become a star.
By this time, he had already formed a group called “Nu Hussl” with local childhood friends Dant’e Taylor (Trump Taylor) and Giovanni Delva (Blazon). But the group split because the friends had differing views about the direction the group should take. The group later re-emerged this time with just Victor (Esz Perdue) and Dant’e (Trump). They later picked up a third member, Troy Sessoms (Smac Lo). Once they bonded, they started to work hard and Victor took it upon himself to do more shows to develop his name and reputation as a solo artist in addition to promoting the “Nu Hussl” group as well.
Rapper Esz Perdue has traveled across the tri-state performing at the Trocadero Theatre (Philadelphia, PA), The Pyramid Club (New York City, NY), Hanger 84 (Vineland, NJ), Planet Rose (Atlantic City, NJ) just to name a few. He released two mix-tape projects called S.J.A. Volumes I and II.
While doing all of this, he was also attending Atlantic Cape Community College and taking courses in studio arts and graphic design. After graduating from ACCC, Victor attended Anthem Institute. It was there that he learned more about graphic design and music video production.
When he graduated Anthem Institute, he learned how to incorporate all that he had learned from those schools into his music. Producing his videos and designing his logos and mix-tape art, “Friends come and go but knowledge once absorbed becomes an eternal foundation on which success is derived”, says Perdue.