FEATURE: Sean Price, Real As It Gets

What a difference a decade makes. Back in 1996, Sean Price (then known as Ruck) was merely one-half of Boot Camp Clik’s dynamic duo Heltah Skeltah. He and partner Rock, made their mark on the game with gritty bars, hardcore beats and an unmatched chemistry. The duo was a (magnum) force together, but Sean P eventually became a movement by himself when Rock went on to a pursue a solo career outside of their label home Duck Down Records.

Sometimes overshadowed by Rock’s heavy baritone, Sean was now able to have his voice heard loud and clear. The Brooklyn MC quickly earned critical acclaim for his string of successful solo albums (2005’s Monkey Barz and 2007’s Jesus Price Supastar) and mixtapes (2004’s Donkey Sean, Jr. and 2007’s Master P). Thanks to his consistency and continued growth as a lyricist, Sean positioned himself as the anchor artist on the Duck Down roster.

Despite his accolades and a trio of releases on the horizon—including his Kimbo Price mixtape and Mic Tyson LP, as well as a group project with Detroit’s Guilty Simpson and Black Milk—Sean is not happy. The lyrical pugilist talks to XXLMag.com about rap retirement, how come there’ll never be a Fab 5 reunion and why a Costco job application might be in his future.

XXLMag.com: You’re known for real unique titles for your projects. Where do the ideas come from?

Sean Price: Just how I be feelin’ at the moment, man. I’ma ape, man—not on no monkey, Black racist shit—but I’m out there in the streets hard body. I’m more than a rapper, man. I’m out there in trenches, I’ma gorilla, so that was the whole thing behind the Donkey Sean Jr. mixtape and the Monkey Barz album. For the second go round I just felt like people thought it was a fluke so I hit them with Jesus Price Supastar because I’m the god of this hardcore shit. Then I dropped the Master P mixtape ’cause I’m the master. Now I feel like the fuckin’ game is bunoodles and I don’t really want nothin’ to do with this shit no more, but before I go out I’m going out with a bang, hence the name Kimbo Price.

XXL: What should fans expect from the Kimbo Price mixtape?

Sean Price: I can’t even describe it, man. I’m just rhymin’ and havin’ fun, B. I really have fun in this hip-hop shit, so you know… Actually, I don’t have fun in this hip-hop shit at all besides me going in the studio and putting these words together. So I had fun makin’ it, but after that the fun is over.

XXL: What do you mean by that? You getting ready to retire on us?

Sean Price: No, I’m not retiring—don’t get it twisted like I’m retiring or quitting—it’s just that, me and [Duck Down CEO] Dru Ha have talks and I’ll be like, “What can I do with this, that, and that?” Everything he told me I need to do to improve the Sean Price brand I don’t wanna do, so guess what? That means it’s time to leave.

XXL: What exactly was he telling you to do that you weren’t feeling?

Sean Price: I don’t even want to get into detail and expose my homie like that ’cause besides being my manager and my boss, Dru Ha’s my friend. He didn’t say nothin’ wrong to me I just don’t wanna do [industry] shit. If someone hire me to give them a verse, I’m with it and I’ma still do music but I just don’t wanna play the game. All I wanna do is rap, do a show, come home, smoke my weed, play with my kids, and fuck with my wiz—that’s it, man. I don’t wanna front like I’m somebody’s friend and I don’t wanna hang out at your fuckin’ party. I’ve been in the game too long for that.

XXL: What’s the status of the Mic Tyson album and the Random Axe project with Guilty Simpson and Black Milk?

Sean Price: The Random Axe project got delayed because Black made his little boo-boo and erased all my vocals. I’m not trying to throw him under the bus ’cause I didn’t even discuss it until he said it in another interview first, but he erased my vocals. I had my lyrics on my Sidekick and then I upgraded to the G1 so I’m actually rewriting all my verses. While I was reworking on Random Axe, Alchemist and Evidence started sending me some [beats] and I started working on Mic Tyson. It’s about 14 songs on that album, ’cause a fight is 12 rounds, plus the intro and outro so that’s what it’s gonna be.

XXL: How’d you even link up with Guilty and Black in the first place?

Sean Price: I was on tour and some dude called my man Dan Green and asked me did I want to do a song with Guilty Simpson. Me being the rap whore that I am I was like, Sure. Then, I hung up and was like, “Who the fuck is Guilty Simpson?” [Laughs]. My man had a whole bunch a Guilty Simpson shit so I listened to it on the ride to the show and was like, “Damn, this nigga’s nice.” Then we met up and it just went from that. We real good friends now.

XXL: After a 10-year hiatus, you and Rock reunited last year for a Heltah Skeltah album. Will we hear more from y’all in the future?

Sean Price: I don’t know. If Rock wanna do it, I’ll do it. I’ll be in the studio, I’ll rap, I’ll do my part, and then whatever happen happen.

XXL: Does the same apply for a Fab 5 reunion with you, Rock and O.G.C.?

Sean Price: You can forget about that Fab 5 shit, that ain’t happenin’, bruh.

XXL: Word? Why not?

Sean Price: ’Cause it ain’t, just straight like that. I ain’t mad at none of them—Top Dog my nigga, Louieville my nigga, Starang my brotha from another mother, but that ain’t happenin’. I can’t even get into why, but trust me, it’s not like I’m just sayin’ no and shuttin’ it down ’cause them dudes don’t wanna do it neither. We was never a group anyway. We was on Priority Records and Dru wanted to announce the new acts on the label so we did an A and B single together and it took a life of its own.

XXL: Since you’re growing tired of the politics of the rap game what’s on the horizon for you after these releases?

Sean Price: Next year you might find me workin’ in Costco or some shit. I’m dead ass serious, ’cause I don’t got money like that to retire and fall back on a yacht. People might say, “Yo, man, you supposed to be here and blah blah.” Yeah, I’m supposed to be but guess where I’m at? Costco. Now don’t get it twisted, I’m not starvin’ and I’m good, but I don’t give a fuck about pride. My kids can’t eat pride so as long as I take care of my family I don’t give a fuck. —Anslem Samuel

  • http://www.justice.gov.za GO-Getta’

    1st thing 1st I’ma ape, man. not on no monkey, Black racist shit—but I’m out there in the streets hard body. I’m out there in trenches, I’ma gorilla.

    • G-UNOT KILLA

      Damn nigga u lke 40 still got ur grill twisted all up hat cocced to the side? LoL U look like u in yo 2nd childhood nigga. If the Crips ever catch u out here believe nigga Chitty Chitty Bang Bang ain’t nuttin but a Crip thang

      • why

        bang bang crip??//
        get a life fuck is u talkin about u sound stupid/
        ?
        you are a ignorant stupid motherfucker
        chitty chitty ban bang
        SHUT THE FUCK UP IDIOT
        go work at costcos

      • WTF

        WTF – what’s wrong with yall. Yall still talking bout gangs and shit. Dummies, all the while yall crabbing for crumbs the real gangstas on Wall Street and Capital Hill are straight raping you, your moms, your babies, your babies moms and your sistas. Dummies wake the fuck up.

  • http://www.justice.gov.za GO-Getta’

    Jesus Price Supastar still tha sh*t,(MAN)!

  • Casey

    Fuck every rapper on any list, P is the hottest in the game

    • Boomer

      11/11 in Baltimore tonight you treated someone I love very much and who thought you were their friendlike they didn’t exist on the phone. All you have done is use him. What comes around goes around SP

  • General

    I appreciate an artist who is brutally honest…

    He loves makin music, but doesn’t like the industry bullshit. It is what it is…

    I’ve been a fan of his shit for a while and look forward to his next CD

    Keep your head up SP and keep them bars hot

  • 11KAP

    Don’t worry. all ya true fans gonna check for ya regardless, cuz. you made history, so you’ll always be around.

  • SOUTHSIDE A-TOWN

    “All I wanna do is rap, do a show, come home, smoke my weed, play with my kids, and fuck with my wiz—that’s it, man. I don’t wanna front like I’m somebody’s friend and I don’t wanna hang out at your fuckin’ party.”

    ^^ lol. i can relate to that shit. my version: all i wanna do is go to work, do my job, come home, smoke my weed, kick it w/ my girl, & watch ESPN that’s it, man.

  • http://callmephlip.blogspot.com/ Phlip

    The next 2 projects I am checking hardest for this year come from Sean Price.
    His verses on Chaundon and L.E.G.A.C.Y.’s albums were fucking STELLAR.

  • BOOGLOGY

    Still one of the most top underrated MC’s in the game. That would be nice to have a FAB 5 reunion, but things change as well as people do! Keep doing your thing though. You know the real true Hip Hop heads will always support. 1NE!

  • http://www.resurrectedmuzik.com LUBY562

    This brother is on some real shit…
    I rap and got a nine to five.
    These famous rap cats don’t be doing nothing they rap about.
    So it’s refreshing to hear or read someone coming real.
    Music is an art and has nothing to do with how a brother is living what kind of car he/she got.
    I do need to go get some more of his shit because he is super tight. I got that 9th wonder album “dream merchant” and he has the best song on there. Real Talk.

  • Luciano Galasso

    Sean P was one of the best from back in the day! It’s a shame he’s letting the politics get to him. Somebody needs to recognize his talent and sign his ass. Somebody big, not any independent crap. Heltah Skeltah needs to return!

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  • zonebx1160

    i hope sean doesnt retire, he’s 1 of the main reasons why i got into the underground shit & started listenin to more underground artist, he’s fuckin dope his wordplay, i look foward to hearin him on all da songs he was featured on. i kno that mic tyson lp is gonna sick especially if it has production by alchemist & evidence. hopefully he sticks around. & this is da realest article i’ve read fianlly good to hear about some that just wants to rap & live life without bullshit

  • Kid Linguini

    P!

  • $ykotic/Don McCaine

    This was a refreshing read.

    Nino Bless had something similar to this on HIPHOPDX. Check it out it’s as real as it gets.

    Wish more dudes were on Sean’s wavelength. The music wouldn’t be as putrid as it is now.

    Ain’t nothing wrong with a day job for a rap cat. It’s reality.

  • Blk

    Now don’t get it twisted, I’m not starvin’ and I’m good, but I don’t give a fuck about pride. My kids can’t eat pride so as long as I take care of my family I don’t give a fuck.

    Well put P! Pride doesn’t pay bills.

    A lot of these lames are just appearances!
    What other MC can give it to you raw and uncut?

    Keep droppin’ those monkey barz !

    We’ll do some “KeeFee G” when I go back to BK.

    Blk
    5 Bldg Representative

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  • gIFT

    i FEEL EVERYTHING THAT THIS NIGGA IS SAYIN 100 PERCENT. i’M AN ARTIST FROM AUSTIN, TX, AND THERE ARE SO MANY BULLSHIT ASS POLITICS IN THIS RAP SHIT. ALOT OF THE ARTIST SMILE IN YA FACE, AND TALK MAD SHIT BEHIND YOUR BACK. nIGGAS BE AT INDUSTRY TYPE FUNCTIONS TRYIN TO SHOW OUT IN FRONT OF EACH OTHER, INSTEAD OF FOCUSING ON THE BIGGER PICTURE, WHICH IS MAKING aUSTIN THE NEXT SPOT IN TEXAS TO BLOW. i DON’T LIKE HALF THE MOTHERFUCKERS i MEET IN THIS RAP SHIT BECAUSE MOST OF THEM ARE FAKE. iF IT WERE THAT SIMPLE TO JUS DO SHOWS, SMOKE WEED, AND MAKE MUSIC, THAT WOULD BE FUCKIN COOL WIT ME, BUT IT’S NOT. iN ORDER TO REALLY GET IN THE GAME AND MAKE POWER MOVES, YOU GOTTA PLAY THE POLITICK GAME, AND IT DOES GET FRUSTRATING. aLL MY NIGGAS MAKEN REAL MUSIC, HOLD YA HEAD. ONE.

  • O2theC

    Sean P iz a beast!!! 2 be honest I’ve only recently been up on him, i was sleepin on dude. I’ve been kickin myself so hard cuz i’ve been missin out on sum pure unadulterated hardcore hip hop. Fuck MTV’s hottest MC list, Price’d murk every fucka on there, or hold his own with dudes like raekwon (I’d say Jay aswell but seriously, he’s jus so out of touch these days, an i know dudes’ll say i’m hatin’ but i’m a huge Jigga fan jus not of his recent work) Neways much respect 2 Sean P & all other artists keepin it real & true 2 the artform. We do this 4 the love of the game, Not 4 the money & fame.
    peace..

  • 11KAP

    niggas gettin’ older. ya fans are too. we still here for ya, bruh. keep bringing that fiyah!! respect.