• 26Oct

    Sean Price Interview

    The first two bars of Sean Price’s 2005 break through solo album, Monkey Barz open like this: “I’m better with mine / Sean Price remember this time / I’m all that / Jaw tapped, Pa / Gregory Hines”

    Not only would Monkey Barz go on to propel the Emcee-formerly-known-as Ruck to heights unseen as a solo artist, earn him an Independent Artist of the Year award from Allhiphop.com, garner the most critical praise out of Duck Down’s “Triple Threat Campaign” label assault (along with Buckshot & 9th Wonder’s Chemistry and Smif-N-Wessun’s Smif-N-Wessun: Reloaded) and become the foundation of the newfound lyrical respect he’s owned for the second half of last decade — but the style noted above has been bootlegged by the biggest names in today’s industry: Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Drake and every one else that’s hopped on their misappropriated bandwagon.

    The irony is, as Money Miz notes in this article on HipHopAndBS.com, Sean P is seldom credited for pioneering right now’s most popular style. BrooklynBodega.com asked Sean Price about his rhyme style, whether he expected Monkey Barz to be a success following Magnum Force and whether he’s really retiring after the release of his upcoming projects.

    BB: How did the self-proclaimed “Brokest Rapper You Know” handle the brokest city in America? I know you traveled up there for the Random Axe recording sessions. What did you think of Detroit?

    SP: Detroit is love, man! Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, Hexmurda, Trick Trick — they made it really hospitable, a lot of hospitality for the God. I appreciate it, man. I didn’t do nothing. I didn’t party. We did 16 songs in, what, a week. Six days. Fourteen songs.

    BB: There were six years between Magnum Force and Monkey Barz. Did you ever doubt yourself right before the release of Monkey Barz? Did you expect that to be the catalyst for a live five years you’ve had since then?

    SP: I was so used to doing bullshit numbers that it didn’t matter. That’s why this one, if Monkey Barz did bullshit, I wouldn’t have cared because I knew I got busy on there! Maybe I might’ve compromised myself on [Magnum Force] listening to people or whatever — it’s still my fault because I did it — but this time it was all me. All me. So even if they were like “Your shit is the worst I ever heard”, not to me.

    BB: For me personally, when I think of your style, I think of lines like “I’m all that / jaw tapped, Pah / Gregory Hines”. Now, the most popular style is called “Punch Line Flow” but I never hear anyone credit you with pioneering the stye…

    SP: I think I started that!

    BB: I think you did. I can’t reference another artist doing it before you.

    SP: But I heard, Big Sean. They said Big Sean started that. I don’t know. I probably started it, but he’s nice. He’s mad nice. I said “Waste removal / predispose brothers / embarrassing the family / Keisha Cole’s mother”. [Laughs]

    BB: You mentioned in an interview with MontrealMirror.com that you have a project with Ill Bill coming up, you have Random Axe on deck, you have Mic Tyson coming up at the beginning of the year and after that you mentioned you might be done. Are you really thinking about laying back and retiring?

    SP: I’m going to get real weird. Rap is starting to bore me. I might try some other shit. I’m going to stop what I’m doing.

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