The legacy of the late Sean Price remains stronger than ever through his loved ones, as well as his posthumous releases. He had been working on so much material, that it was enough to bless his fans with what is now his 4th project since his unexpected passing in 2015. Under the title Price of Fame, this offering is entirely produced by M.O.P.‘s Lil Fame, who also gets on the mic. Talk about a collaboration, Duck Down and Mash Out Posse is a force to be reckoned with! When you hear these names, expect a lot of energy and aggression, especially when you throw in the featured guests.
The ladies of P’s life kick things off with an intro, “A Few Words from Shaun Price & Mrs. Price (Bernadette)”, who has always held it down tough. We then move on to fire bars from P on “Big Gun vs Lil Gun” as well as verbal heat from the M.O.P. duo. Things turn up a notch as P rides the beat and head nodding drums of “Center Stage” with his brutal rhymes, plus an ill hook by Lil Fame. On “Boston George”, P confidently spits his unorthodox wordplay, which is then followed by a verse from Tek of Smif-N-Wessun. Before the next joint drops, we get a skit called “Sit Your Ass Down”.
P and Steele (also of Smif-N-Wessun) take jabs, letting out how they feel about crooked cops and police brutality on “Pigs”. The late emcee’s longtime music partner Rockness Monsta brings back the chemistry as the pair exchange bars on “They Ain’t F***king With Us”. Illa Ghee held his own, as he executed his rhymes alongside P on “Remember The Time”. Next up, “Wait For It” is the shortest and only track that doesn’t have P on it, however it was still hard body nonetheless. It was nice to see a feature from Rim, as well as Teflon and I-Fresh who also lend their talents on “Peter Pop Off”. Watch now.
I loved the soundscape of the final joint, “Enemy of the State” featuring Conway, Guilty Simpson and Lil Fame, also spitting. The hard body roots of the period of time that Sean Price and Lil Fame embodied, reflects on this album. There was a nice mixture of guests, including some who are somewhat, more current. Aside from digital platforms, you can find CD and vinyl copies of the project at shopduckdown.com, as well as an optional bundle package. Major respect and appreciation to Bernadette for overseeing the quality, as well as the preservation of everything in P’s memory.