With the recent release of the Sean Price’s Imperius Rex album, there has been an outpouring of love and admiration for the rugged Brooklyn rapper known as Ruck. After his passing in August of 2015, Price’s celebrity status skyrocketed (are we surprised), and over the past few years he has been mentioned in the same breath as some of the all time greats in Hip-Hop. This certainly wasn’t always the case.
Heltah Skeltah debuted in 1995 on Dah Shinin’ album by Smif-N-Wessun. They received widespread acclaim when they dropped Nocturnal in 1996 and followed it up with a solid effort on Magnum Force in 1998. The crew shined on the popular Bootcamp Clik posse cut Leflaur Leflah Eshkoshka and later dropped D.I.R.T. in 2008. And although the group was highly respected, P wasn’t even widely considered the best in his own crew. In many circles, Rock was considered to be the better Emcee.
Fast forward to 2005; to the beginning of the Sean Price metamorphosis. He dropped the banger Monkey Barz, followed it up with Jesus Price Superstar, and then the ridiculous Mic Tyson album. Between 2005 and 2012 he jumped on tons of features and set fire to basically everything he touched. What’s interesting is that his whole steez changed. He began to use his legal name. His flow and delivery developed, his rhymes became even more rugged, and he developed his signature verbal “P!” stamp. He even changed physically. His physique became more burly and his voice deepened. Obviously, one’s physical appearance changes with age, but the essence is clear. The change in overall style (not necessarily personality) is astonishing. But the most important thing is that he got SIGNIFICANTLY better.
It is rare to see an Emcee improve so dramatically after being in the game for 10 years. If anything, we usually see a decline. A case could be made for MF Doom but after his time with KMD he was pretty dormant before he resurfaced. As far as active rappers go, P’s transformation is pretty unique. He completely flipped the script on his entire career and in typical Sean Price fashion, bullied himself into the conversation with the greatest Emcees of all time.
Check Out Sean Price’s Posthomous Visuals Off the Imperius Rex Album Below: