The Legacy of Sean P
Sean Price of Heltah Skeltah, of the Boot Camp Clik, is a household name, at least in the houses of anyone who’s into Hip Hop. The announcement of his departure from this world has been a great shock to many of us – for some as the loss of one of the greatest rappers ever, and to others also mourning the loss of a friend, a husband, a father…
I never met Sean or got a chance to see him perform, but by all accounts he was someone who was always fun and bought laughter to many. His humour was always present in his indestructible rhyme style, which fans heard progress over the last 20 years to the point where no one could touch him. Bar for bar Sean Price was a monster, a relentless punchline machine blazing a trail of wackness-obliteration over the grimiest selection of beats. His skits are hilarious.
Mr Price was massively prolific. As well as his work with BCC, Heltah Skeltah and Random Axe, he also featured on over 200 projects with artists from all over the world. From DJ Honda in Japan, to Snowgoons in Germany, to Muneshine or Marco Polo in Canada, to Tommy Tee in Norway, to Beat Butcha or Endemic in the UK, to Kid Tsunami in Australia…the man was everywhere – the top producer’s top choice as evidenced by his discography.
As my Russian friend Ligalize put it: “he carried the entire underground scene on his shoulders”. There are very few who have that strength of personality to touch so many, the Legacy of Sean P will remain in our hearts forever. Brrrr!
RIP Sean Price
March 17, 1972 – August 8, 2015