Sean Price was an integral member of the underground hip-hop collective Boot Camp Clik, alongside Black Moon's Buckshot, Smif-N-Wessun
and Steele, and the trio O.G.C. Performing under the Alias
Ruckus (often shortened to Ruck), the Brownsville, Brooklyn-bred emcee joined forces with fellow Boot Camp affiliate, Rock
(Jahmal Bush) to form the duo Heltah Skeltah
. Together, the pair went on to release three studio albums via Duck Down Records, with their debut Nocturnal selling over 250,000 records in 1996 (armed with the classic “Leflaur Leflah Eshkoshka”) and helping secure their rightful place as respected heavyweight emcees in the rap game. Almost a decade following his debut with Heltah Skeltah, Price went on to release his first solo album, Monkey Barz in 2005, utilizing his government name as his moniker. The album was met with critical acclaim, with AllHipHop.com naming the project the Independent Album of the Year.
In 2011, Price linked with producer Black Milk
and Guilty Simpson
to form the supergroup Random Axe
, releasing a self-titled project later that year. Price continued his winning streak the following year, unleashing his third solo effort, Mic Tyson, which was again met with favorable reviews. Known as much for his masterful lyricism and dazzling wit as he was for his larger-than-life personality and sense of humor, Price died in his Sleep
at his home in Brooklyn in 2015 at the age of 43. With the posthumous release of Songs in the Key of Price doubling as his final sendoff to a community that gave him so much, Sean Price today remains one of the most respected underground rappers in hip-hop history.