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, 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, Sean P is seldom credited for pioneering right now’s most popular style. 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.


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