Sean Price once described his rap style as dragging his knuckles on the floor and beating his chest like a primate. The crude and startling brutish picture is a pretty good description of the feeling Sean P evokes when he raps.
The over-40-years-old MC started rhyming more than 20 years ago. He first rose to prominence as a part of the duo Heltah Skeltah with his partner Rock and the larger NYC hip-hop collective, The Boot Camp Click.
Still for his extensive hip-hop track record, P is far from a superstar–he once turned the title “the brokest rapper you know” into a term of endearment, and often boasts of still living in his beloved Brownsville, one of the more rugged areas of NY’s Brooklyn borough.
Refusing to adapt or change with the times, Sean P has become one of the last relevant bastions of hardcore hip-hop. I can’t think of too many underground MC’s who came in the game in the 90′s and are actually seeing their popularity rise in 2012. His third solo LP Mic Tyson was just released earlier this month and is proving to be his most popular work yet, commercially and critically. The LP features very few choruses, themes or guest spots. There’s no hidden twist or over-arching concepts other than spitting the most disrespectful bars possible at all times.
One of the best examples of that is “Solomon Grundy.” Named after the comic book character that’s basically Sean P personified, the Brownsville bomber enlists a few ruffneck pals, Ike Eyes and Ill Bill, to assist on the track.