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Sean Price
Jesus Price Supastar

seanprice.jpgAfter making his mark in the ’90s as one half of the Brooklyn duo Heltah Skeltah, Sean Price (a.k.a. Ruck) made his solo debut with 2005’s Monkey Barz. Although the album went mostly underappreciated, it was chock full of uncompromising boom bap and witty punch lines. The Boot Camp Clik affiliate follows a similar blueprint on his latest offering, Jesus Price Supastar. Whether bullying the competition, relaying hard-luck MC struggles or simply demonstrating a mastery of flow, the Price is right.

Keeping in line with the BCC formula, the tracks on Jesus Price are supplied by a healthy dose of underground beatsmiths (Ill Mind and Moss, for example). But the major contributions from Justus Leaguers 9th Wonder and Khrysis give the project a more universal sound. Khrysis provides Sean P. with the slap-you-silly drums and cascading violins of “King Kong,” while 9th offers up the serene blaxploitation-channeling grooves of “Violent.” And over the rigid guitar chords of “Like You,” Ruck proclaims, “Sean Price is the nicest to write poems/I never say the same shit twice like Mike Jones.”

Even with surprisingly solid production, this effort’s most endearing aspect is Sean P. himself. A master of ceremony and self-deprecation, the Brownsville representer showcases his sense of humor on the Masse-produced “Mess You Made,” where he quips, “How you gonna be broke and your last name Price?/That’s like sweatin’ bullets and your nickname Ice.” The inner reflections continue on “Oops Upside Your Head,” where Sean and Smif-N-Wessun’s Steele ponder the tricky shell game that is mainstream radio.

FM spins have always been Price’s biggest hurdle, and the 9th Wonder–produced “Let It Be Known” continues the trend. Despite potent lyrical darts from Sean and Little Brother’s Phonte, a forced singsongy hook thwarts the track’s pop potential. Aside from this feeble attempt to break new ground, Price stays on course with an album that delivers unadulterated hip-hop worthy of supastar status in underground circles. —ALVIN BLANCO

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Read the rest of XXL’s Critical Beatdown review section in the XXL’s March 2007 issue (#89)

  • Atl’s own

    y’all mofo’s will give any thing a XL, deservin’ or not!

    obviously college isn’t the only place with severe grade inflation!

  • E AKA THE REAL NORIEAGA

    Beats were boring. Lyrics were amazing

  • Cuban Link

    ^co-sign but beats werent boring just average

  • seize

    lyrics were on point & beats were fire – track for track better than more fish (only cos defjam put that neyo trak on it – otherwise more fish is an XXL)

  • ILLEASTMC

    SICK BEATS, SICK RHYMES. ANYONE WHO DIDNT LIKE THESE BEATS ARE EITHER “POP” MUSIC FANS OR “LAFFY TAFFY” BEATS FAN OR YOUR PROBABLY UNDER 15 YEARS OLD AND THINK IF U CANT DO THE RUNNING MAN DANCE TO IT, ITS BORING. AS IVE SAID BEFORE WE NEED AN AGE REQUIRMENT ON HERE. STOP LETTING LIL KIDS REVIEW CLASSIC “ADULT” SOUNDING HIPHOP ALBUMS. EVERYONE BEAT ON THIS ALBUM WAS RAW AND CLASSIC. PERIOD.

  • DOLO

    ATL GO BACK DOWN SOUTH, NOREGIA GO BACK TO JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL AND CUBAN LINK’S WHO CAREER HAS BEEN BORING. JESUS PRICE SUPASTAR SHOULD OF GOT A “XXXXL”

  • HENDOG

    Lizin now this is fire BCC (SEAN P) keep hip hop movin for the heads older than 23 Speak

  • JeRSeY ReSiDeNT

    SEAN P..THAT’S A TRUE NiGGA..HiM AND BUCKSHOT DEF. THA NICEST NiGGAZ OUTTA THE BCC (BOOT CAMP CLiK FOR ALL YA’LL NEW JACKZ)…KEEP MAKiN GOOD MUZiK..JUST WiSHED HE HAD SOME BETTA BEATS..CUZ FA REAL..HiS RHYMES ON THiS HAD THA FUCKiN FLU…SiCK AS SHiT..GO GET THiS iF YA HAVENT

  • ILLEASTMC

    ATL, E AKA NORIEGA AND CUBAN LINK PLEASE STOP WRITING REVIEWS U 12 YEAR OLDS. U AINT EVEN HEAR THE ALBUM CAUSE YA MOM AINT BUY IT FOR U KIDS. IF U LITTLE KIDS THINK JESUS PRICE BEATS WHERE BORING, GO PLAY YOUR 3-6 MAFIA AND LAFFY TAFFY CD. LEAVE CLASSIC HIPHOP ALBUMS LIKE THIS FOR “ADULT” HIPHOP MUSIC FANS TO RIDE OUT TOO.

  • SUN

    BCC is the truth, always has been. Sean P is one of the nicest mc’s out right now.. Aways loved Helta Skelta but this dude has grown as an mc and is killin anyone out there…

  • sedgwick

    This album is fuckin bonkers and it stinks of hip hop! Hallelujah, holler back!

  • realone

    This album didnt get a xxl? man that bull—-. The album is flawless from beginning to end. The beats on this album was way better than HipHOPisDead and that got a XL. Jesus Price should at least got XXL at worst, he was robbed.

  • Son1

    SEAN Price flow was GOOD, but the BEATS carried this album. Without The Production on this album it wouldnt of been as good. This album is better than monkey barz because of the beats. I wanna bUY the INSTRUMENTALS to this CD.

  • MAZE

    I love this album.. better than Monkey Barz IMO. My favorite tracks are: One, Mess You Made, P Body, Intro, King Kony, YOu Already Know.. They are all tight actually.. SEAN P FOR PRESIDENT!

  • E AKA THE REAL NORIEAGA

    SMH @ Illeastmc and Dolo

    Leave your mothers basements and encounter the real world. You guys probably stand alone in the corner of clubs talking about “real hip hop” rather than talking to women

    The beats were boring they didn’t do Sean P justice. His lyrics were 10/10 the beats on the other hand weren’t

  • H-DUB

    Respect for the whole BCC ! I just saw them perform a week ago in Darmstadt, Germany. Damn! 2 and a Half Hours true underground hip-hop ! Cop the Album, mine is ordered – Peace

    But yes, to many “XL” Ratings in the last few months……

  • ILLEASTMC

    LOL @ NORIEAGA, SON U AINT EVEN OLD ENOUGH TO GET IN A CLUB. ONLY KIND OF PEOPLE WHO DONT LIKE RAW HIPHOP BEATS LIKE THE ONES ON JESUS PRICE IS LITTLE KIDS UNDER 15 CAUSE THEY LIKE TO DO THE SNAP DANCE AND LIKE DANCE BEATS OR ADULTS DOWN SOUTH WHO ARE TOO DUMBED DOWN TO APPRECIATE RAW BEATS. I CAN TELL “NORIEAGA” IS A HERB CAUSE HE BITTING OFF CAPONE-N-NORIEGA NIC. HES JUST A NOBODY WHO HATING CAUSE EVERYONE LOVES THE RAW BEATS ON THIS ALBUM, EVERYONE SAID THE BEATS ON THIS IS BETTER THAN MONKEY BARZ SO “THE REAL SMALL NORIEGA” JUST WANTS TO HATE AND GO AGANIST THE GRAIN. HE THE TYPE OF DUDE IN THE CLUB WHEN NAS OR SLUM VILLAGE IS PLAYING, HE GO UP TO THE DJ AND ASK FOR LIL BOW WOW OR JERMAINE DUPREE BEATS CAUSE THEY AINT BORING AND CAN ALLOW HIM TO DANCE WITH THE FAT GIRL THAT SAID YES TO HIM. CATS LIKE HIM NEEDS TO STOP BUYING HIPHOP ALBUMS AND GO TO THE COUNTRY MUSIC ROOM. WORDDDDD YO. 1.

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  • T-Blaze

    Im only 17 n shit…I can appreciate this type of Hip Hop..this is the type of shit I be listening to help me become a better lyricist. Sean taking it back to the days when it was more lyrical then it was about the production. But this album has an even balance of both. SEAN P!!!!!!!

  • roach978

    boot camp is the best.to bad commerciel rap has taken over because he should be huge.

  • BjornLee

    sick……..lets start giving REAL HIPHOP the recognition it deserves….

  • knock a bitch brainless

    this shit was iight but not XXL. He would never have blew up if NY was still on top. IF it aint PAC it aint hot

  • BORN IN THE NORTH/RAISED IN THE SOUTH

    Will ya’ll please go somewhere wit the North vs. South bullshit? Everyone from up North ain’t a fuckin’ hip-hop expert & everyone from down South ain’t a snap-dancing idiot. Wake up, my people….

  • hiphoplives

    this CD was mainly for 30 and older. seventies babies because if yu were born 80s on up you the beats would be boring the lyrics would have been the same. not haitn just facts. we need to stop hating and respect that hip hop evolves just like everything else. if you in ya 30s or close to it then hip hop is dead to you because you not going to clubs anymore, you not appealing to the younger generation. nuff said stop bitching

  • Tha Kid

    All I can say is Sean P put in work. Hope Heltah Skeltah drops another classic like they first joint.

    DC MD VA STAND UP!

  • Ice Gotti

    This nigga is Fire, he come with it on every fuckin song. I’m feelin you homie.

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  • A.T.S.

    For you cats who say the beats was’nt tight….here’s a lesson, beats should never carry an album. LYRICAL CONTENT is the heartbeat of hip hop next to DJ’s. Pop is what most cats are doin nowadays. Shout to P, this a hot joint. If you liked this joint check for hell razah’s new shit…..

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    sean p

  • L smoka 420

    Sean price is the best in the game Period
    I wanna know who has lyrics that can even come close….NO ONE…Hands down the hottest album of 2007

  • Combat Jack

    co-sign this review.