Sean Price Takes a Hit [Interview]
Vancouver, B.C. - I really like Sean Price. He’s a straightforward kinda guy, and maybe even a little sensitive: the way his face lights up when he talks about his daughter is…well, it’s priceless. I’d interviewed him years before for Abort Magazine, and it’s remained as one of my most positive interview memories: Sean Price was back in town this week with the HipHopCanada-sponsored Ultimate MC battle series, hosted by Bishop Brigante (seen below punching Sean P in the face.) Jesus Price Superstar himself was one the judges and treated the fans to a short performance before making his way outside for a little chat. We talked about the new album with Black Milk and Guilty Simpson – out June 14 – plus his views on music needing no message and his cure for writer’s block.
“When it’s all said and done I want you to go…he wasn’t real deep and all that shit, but godammit that boy could rhyme.”
HipHopCanada: What did you think of the battle?
Sean Price: Interesting. I’m not really into the battle thing like that, but it was interesting though. It’ s just the same – it shows that we all got a lot in common. It’s like that in New York, some of the battles.
HipHopCanada: Your performance was great, but pretty short!
Sean Price: Yeah it was a little warm-up, felt like a warm-up. They only wanted me to do – like on my contract for this show – they wanted me to do two songs. So I did more anyways.
HipHopCanada: I remember you told me about your Nike shoe collection…you had 300 pairs then, how pairs do you have now?
Sean Price: Probably 300. You know, they get old. I replace them.
At this point, our interview is interrupted by a drunken cypher streaming out of the club. Their noise interferes with our interview and Sean P gets a little upset.
Sean Price: That’s the extra hippity-hop shit I don’t be liking. Go home!
HipHopCanada: You feeling a little grumpy today buddy?
Sean Price: Yeah a little bit. I mean I’m cool though. I’m not mad at the beatbox shit.
HipHopCanada: So tell me what’s good these days.
Sean Price: I’m just working hard. June 14, Random Axe, me, Black Milk, Guilty Simpson. All Black Milk production. We actually did the album, and then later on he said, “yo, after this mix it’s gonna sound different.” I was like, aight. He literally meant sound different, like he changed beats. It sounds great though.
HipHopCanada: What is the sound of the album?
Sean Price: A lot of live drums on there, guitar. Our first single is “The Hex,” you can download it online right now, we just put it out. You can hear the drums smackin’ on that and the guitar and everything. Live instrumentation.
HipHopCanada: What starts your creative process?
Sean Price: The beat. The beat’ll tell me what to do. And sometimes I have moments where it’ll seem like writers block so I’ll just throw a word on the paper, like Botswana. Like my song “Figure 4.” I just wrote Botswana and then a whole bunch of shit came after that. I don’t know, there’s really no method to it, I just write. I don’t really believe in writer’s block, really.
HipHopCanada: What stories do you want your music to tell?
Sean Price: None. I just wanna get busy. When it’s all said and done I want you to go, you know what? He wasn’t real deep and all that shit, but godammit that boy could rhyme. I can live with that. Godammit that motherfucker could rhyme. He might say some stupid shit but he make it sound good. I can live with that. I rack my brain writing a lot, but I don’t rack my brain with the content. I don’t want people to figure out what I’m saying when I’m tryna make em dance to it. I keep it simple – not caveman simple – but simple enough that you can have fun, understand it.
HipHopCanada: So there really is no message?
Sean Price: The message is, I get busy. I’m not here to teach the kids, I have my own kids. So when I go home I teach them whatever they need to learn. Life. I help my son with his homework, he plays saxophone and I help him with that. My daughter’s awesome. Know what I mean? My daughter’s awesome. I’m teaching her how to beatbox right now. She’s great.
HipHopCanada: Any last words?
Sean Price: I just want to say thanks. I remember the last interview we did was bangin’, good lookin’ out. I appreciate it. I remember that, it was a nice interview.
Interview and photography by Amalia Judith for HipHopCanada