Flashback Fridays: remembering Sean Price

By Anton Constantinou 

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Flashback Fridays celebrates everything old skool and timeless about hip hop: classic tracks,  vintage flicks, past gigs. Each week we’ll be diggin’ in the crates to bring you the best throwback shizzle on offer. Enjoy!

It’s with great sadness that we mourn the recent passing of  New York rapper, Sean Price- who died last Saturday at the mere age of 42. Sources indicate the star passed away in his sleep from unknown complications.

Known in rap circles  as Ruckus, or Ruck, he’s best remembered as the other half Heltah Skeltah and a former member of underground hip hop collective, Boot Camp Clik. With a deep, gruff sounding voice and punchline heavy rhyme style, Price led the way for dark, tough style of rap which still resonates with us today. Back in the mid to late 90’s he played a significant part in holding the fort for east coast hip hop, at a stage when gangster rap and g funk were fast proving the more popular alternatives.

What’s most inspiring about Price is the fact that he went without in the name of music.  The self dubbed “Brokest Rapper You Know”, quite literally passed up on fame and niceties in an effort to remain authentic- a feat which most emcees at the peak of their career wouldn’t dream of doing these days.

Arguably his most notable work to date came on Heltah Skeltah debut album, Nocturnal: an eerie, nightmarish lp packed with mind bending lyrics and trippy sound effects. Its big tracks include, Leflaur Leflah EshkoshkaOperation Lock Down and Therapy.

While Price isn’t the first rapper to have left us, he’s certainly one of the most important. Paying our respects, we’ve included the appropriately titled “Funeral Song” to remember him by. R.I.P brother!

 

 



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