"You fucked up Josh!"
Sean Price is after your bar mitzvah money.
Interview By: Robert Sumner
It's only right that an M.C. who exchanges fecal matter with his significant other would lead the rap-listening public to the promise land. Sean Price, né Ruck of the rapid-fire Brooklyn rap duo Heltah Skeltah, has risen from the dead (meaning, label purgatory and drug abuse) to convert many to his frank brand of "ignorance at it's finest." On his delightfully vulgar 2004 solo debut "Monkey Barz", Price elicited praise throughout hardcore rap circles for being brash, randy and overall, a nonsense-free rapper whose verses were not for bitches of either sex. A resurgence, or resurrection if you will, from Price's storied Boot Camp Click has since occurred, with running mates Buckshot, and the Cocoa Brovaz all dropping new fire and brimstone, with a reunited Heltah Skeltah waiting in the wings. After a year of collaborating with myspace friends, rocking mixtapes and filming Kutcher-approved in-studio madness, the "O.D.B. of the B.C.C." has arisen once again in the studio to smack around the competition on his latest album, "Jesus Price Superstar." Philaflava.com caught up with Sean, having just finished lunch, where he proceeded to "bless" us on ecstasy erections, dealing with Jews, and pork glaze. "Jesus Price Superstar" drops January 30th on Duck Down Records. Consider yourself baptized (or shitted on).
Philaflava.com: What did you have for lunch?
Sean Price: Corn beef and pastrami, with no cheese, and mustard, with a root beer. Dru Ha (CEO of Duck Down records, Jew) had the honey glazed turkey with cheese, but I told Dru Ha that honey-glazed turkey got pork on it, believe me. The glaze, the glaze has pig in it. Honey, sugar and pig butt. Dru Ha is in denial. I keep telling him denial is more than a river in Africa.
PF: Monkey Barz was 'ignorance at its finest,' how will Jesus Price improve on this benchmark?
SP: Aw man, it's like: 'New and Improved Ignorance.' More slapping the shit outta people, more dropkicks, more punches, more stabs, more robberies, more guns-more! Knawmean? Naw but overall, the album, if you like that 'ignorance at its finest,' that\'s because I be talkin' that crazy shit. This album is just as good-even more of that.
PF: Are you tired of hearing about how 'hip hop is dead?'
SP: I am tired of hearing about the current state of hip hop. Everybody asks me 'what's the current state of hip hop?' and they ask me 'how do I feel about Nas saying hip hop is dead.?' Like, I'm tired of those two questions. You was about to ask me one of those questions wasn't you?
PF: Naw, I wasn't. see, I was gonna say, uh, what do you think of the tagline, 'Jesus Price resurrecting rap?'
SP: (laughs) You know what? It ain't even about resurrecting rap. In the bible, Jesus went through with his disciples and he spread the word and the word was god, yknawmean? So Jesus Price was going through spreading the word and the word is hip hop, that's all.
PF: So it doesn't have anything to do with bringing it back?
SP: I mean, bring back what? I just got started, knawmean? This is my second solo album.
PF: What do you think of rap in '07 as opposed to '94? What's the difference?
SP: It just seems like real disposable; a lot of one-and-done artists, yknawmean? That's the difference. I used to look forward to the next dude, when his next album would drop, but the way they come now, these dudes are one-and-done. You are never going to hear the next nothin'. You can't really latch onto your favorite artist like that cuz you know they ain't gonna be there.
PF: What do you think of the term 'rap veteran?'
SP: Personally been in the game a while, persevered, went through the test of time, still standing strong, yeah I would call that a rap veteran.
PF: Does paying dues matter anymore?
SP: It should, I don't think it does. I think people are fascinated by the wrong shit. Some people got jail records. They be like, 'This guys tough, he so street, lets give him a deal.' That don't mean you can rhyme, B! That just mean you can snatch chains real good.
PF: Why do you think that Duck Down has been able to hang around for so long?
SP: Cuz of me (laughs). Naw, Duck Down, yknow, they good people, they know what they doin', ain't no secret surprise in the box, they gonna let you know off the top. Either you agree with it, or you don't agree wit it, yknawmean? It's a no-bullshit label. We ain't got time for the bullshit, we gon' let you know what it is, off the muscle, whether you wanna hear it or not. It's the truth, B, either you fuck wit it or don't. Keep it movin'.
PF: So I hear you have been caking pretty nicely.
SP: (interrupts) yes sir.
PF: .off of selling guest verses to myspace rappers. Do you every get to hear any of the finished products?
SP: Hell yeah!
PF: Are they ill? What do you think of the myspace rappers?
SP: I think some of them got a chance if they be heard by the right person. I think with some of them it's not even serious, it's a hobby. I haven't did no myspace songs that are straight fucking, horrible, like, give me the money anyway, like a whore.
PF: Have you turned down any?
SP: Many, (laughs), naw man, I've turned down like, two. One the beat was so horrible I was like, 'cmon, b, I can't see nobody rhyming to this.
PF: What did it sound like?
SP: A fucking mess. I told Dru the other day, I was telling people that I charge like a g to $1200 a verse on myspace. I'm 'bout to ante up my price cuz this little kid on there named Josh is like, 'Look man, I'm 12, just had my bar mitzvah, and I have a thousand and I would love to have you on the record, man yknow?' like he's about to give me some of his bar mitzvah money. I'm like, damn, look at this shit, I'm that cheap, huh. You all can just break the piggy bank, huh. Man, I got to give myself more credit, so I'm about to ante up. You fucked up Josh, you fucked it up for everyone. I'm bout to ante up my bread. When any old kid get to break the bank, and give me $1200 in nickels, it mean I have to go up some more.
PF: Speaking of internet social networking, what's up with the girls on myspace? Do you get a lot of groupie love?
SP: Naw man, I'm a married man so I just delete those. Myspace is so popular now that I've had a few ex-girlfriends pop up, on the "Hey Sean, what's going on?" I be like, 'Get the fuck outta here,' you an ex for a reason. Don't be up there with your little myspace picture with your draws on and your bloomers on and think Ima fuck wit chyou again. Go ahead, I am a changed man, I ain't wit none of that crazy shit. I don't even fuck with the hoes at the shows man. I take my PS2, I go on the road, play me some video games, smoke out till go to sleep.
PF: On "I Love You (Bitch)" you detail a tumultuous relationship, I assume that this is the one that you are still in?
PF: So what kind of long term relationship advice can you give to people.
SP: I can't give you none man, you got to learn on your own, B. Experience is the best teacher.
PF: So shitting on each other doesn't help?
SP: Naaaah, shitting on each other doesn't help. That song, "I Love You (Bitch)" wasn't directed towards my wife. It was 'bout a whole bunch of bitches, yknawmean? The only thing that was kind of real was like the third verse. I cheated on her and she kicked me out and I came back in the crib, yknow shit like that. All that "You don't make my dick hard," this that and the third, if that was ma, I wouldn't be with her no more. Yknawmean? That first verse was a bunch of girls wrapped up in one. I mean, I've had those kind of bitches that, yknow, before ya'all fucked you drank a forty and shit. And you start fuckin' and half the forty gone, it be on the window sill, you fuck all night, you wake up in the morning the bitch guzzlin' the same forty out the window sill, yknawmean? I've been with them nasty kind of bitches so I can talk about 'em. Fat bitches with low self esteem will give you social security checks. I fucked bitches for a pair of boots and shit like that, I've been through all of that.
PF: But you're over that now.
SP: I'm over that.
PF: Now it's just one lady.
SP: Yeah. I'm shocked too. One lady. (laughs)
PF: Since you are no longer the 'brokest rapper WE know' will Jesus Price feature songs about flossing in a new whip
SP: Don't worry, when you hear Jesus, I'm not stuntin' on there in the brand new whatever-the-fuck-is-out. You know how them rappers be, "My ride is the same color as vomit." None of that shit, B. I don't have a car. I could buy one, but I don't have a car. If I buy a car, I have to come up here and get gas money from Dru.
PF: Give me a good 'fucking around with e-pills' story.
SP: (waffles a bit, waiting for people to leave the room). I would, but I refuse to tell you this story with this lady here. What's your name ma? Alex is here, I can't tell the e-pill story with Alex here. (after a few seconds) All right, you fill in the blanks. You know I popped off one night. I'm drinking copious amounts of liquor and shit, wilding out and shit. And when it's time to pop off, like me and the broad yknawmean - I think I popped about like four pills, I had like about nine Heinekens in me, Henny, I was a mess B. And you know, my manhood wouldn't get erect. It was a mess. Imagine wanting to fuck but you couldn't.
PF: I heard that is a frequent side effect.
SP: That was the first time it happened to me, man. I was upset, B. You wanna talk about upset, UPSEEETTT. I don't know if it happened a lot, but it happened that time. I was ready to go in and (in that cartoon-disappointment tone) womp womp wooooomp.
PF: But you're over that now.
SP: Yeah, I'm over that. I don't even fuck around no more. I don't do no drugs no more, B, except weed.
PF: Are there any signature dance moves that we can look forward to on this album? Any like, the motorcycle? SP: I have my own dance moves. Watch the "Boom Bye Yeah" video from the beginning, you'll see the dance moves. I got the step, it's called the Black Russia. I don't got names for 'em, you gotta see 'em. It's amazing.
PF: So you gotta have the right dance moves then, that's important to being an MC?
SP: I mean, this ain't You Got Served over here or Stomp the Yard, yknawmean, but I got a move or two. I'm not Leroy from Fame.(laughs)
PF: Any developments with the Heltah Skeltah album?
SP: Yeah, we workin' on it right now, it's soundin' good, it is what it is. It'll be out when it's out. I ain't tryin' to be smart or funny or nothin', but we got a lot of work to do. It'll be out when it'll be out.
PF: Is Rock going to be on Jesus Price Superstar?
SP: Of course. Rock's input is a big help to my projects. Rock, Buckshot, and Steele, their input is important to me. If they don't like it, it bothers me. I have to go in and fix it.
PF: For my final question: If you had to choose between one Jew, would it be Jesus or Dru Ha?
SP: I'd pick Dru Ha, all day.
Sean Price's new album "Jesus Price Superstar" drops January, 30.