“Rest in peace to the good brother Sean Price,” Doom says while apparently piloting an impressive boat. “I’ll see you over there, you know what I mean? I’ll meet you over here,” he promises. MF Doom is but one of many MCs to express their remorse over the loss of Price, who was only 43 years old and in the midst of preparing for the release of a new record, Songs in the Key of Price. An album release show at New York City’s SOBs has been reorganized as a group tribute show to Price–tickets for the evening are available here. In their obituary of Price, the New York Times gave proper praise to the man’s talent:
Mr. Price was born in Brooklyn on March 17, 1972, and never left. In the mid-1990s, under the name Ruck, he was part of the duo Heltah Skeltah, which in turn was part of the extended Brooklyn crew Boot Camp Clik. For them, Brooklyn was “Bucktown,” a place of street warfare and menacing talk.
At that time, New York rap was at its grittiest, in part a reaction to the smoothing-out that was already happening in West Coast rap. Mr. Price had an ideal voice for the sound — sneering, barrel-shaped and nimble — which he applied to rhymes that were breezily, alarmingly tough.
A crowdfund to help raise money for Price’s family has been established, and we strongly encourage you to donate. Watch’s Doom’s message to Price below.