(Photo: Alexander Richter)
As Brownsville's finest himself once so succinctly put it, "Word is bond, Sean got songs that's mad strong." Sean Price RIP. Like many others this week , I put together a tribute mix of P favorites. The show airs in the States in the following times this week on http://live.rbmaradio.com/
Thursday, August 13th, 11am EST
Thursday, August 13th, 7pm EST
Saturday, August 15th, Noon EST
Everyone else can just press play.
Some additional thoughts I wrote for RBMA Radio :
When Sean Price passed away on August 8th, 2015 at a far too young 43, the shock resonated throughout New York’s hip-hop community. Not simply because a widely admired and revered talent was suddenly gone, but because for so many in that community Sean Price, of all hip-hop’s veteran voices, so embodied survival. Price survived notoriously rugged Brownsville, Brooklyn to become Ruck, the dependably dazzling lyrical rock to partner Rock in Heltah Skeltah, co-crafting gems like “Letha Brainz Blo,” “Da Wiggy,” his eponymous showcase “Sean Price” and (with Boot Camp Click fam O.G.C.) the Fab 5’s eternally beloved posse cut “Leflaur Leflah Eshkoshka.” Price survived the oft-abbreviated career arc of many of his 90s rapper colleagues, refusing to either vanish or chase musical trends, and re-emerged under his birth name as a remarkably potent soloist via acclaimed, defiantly boom-bap albums like Monkey Barz (2005), Jesus Price Supastar (2007) and Mic Tyson (2012). He even survived, or more accurately transcended, his own image of the fiercely dangerous take-no-shorts battle emcee, exhibiting a skill for self-deprecating humor on compositions like “Brokest Rapper You Know,” “Mess You Made,” and “I Love You (Bitch).” An artist less secure in his gifts would probably shy from such material; Sean Price understood that the only pen that could knock him back a few pegs was his own. Here in homage to one of NYC hip-hop’s favorite sons, I've selected a few prized moments from Sean Price’s recording career – from early BCC tracks to solo work to collabs and mixtape freestyles. Sean Price, RIP.