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Top 10 Sean Price connections to Canadian hip-hop

Brownsville, BK – This is two Saturday’s in a row we’ve started the day with horrible news. Last week Toronto lost rising star Redway in single vehicle car accident that also claimed two other people. This past Saturday, Sean Price aka Ruck, 43, passed away leaving the shocked hip-hop community with little answers as they began to mourn his loss. This is also the second loss suffered by New York’s Team Homi and Decepts in as many months. Pumpkinhead passed away June 9.

Details surrounding his death were not immediately available, but a statement from his reps confirmed his death, while adding that he died in his sleep. ‘It is with beyond a heavy heart that Duck Down Music is sadly confirming that Sean Price passed away early this morning in his Brooklyn apartment, Saturday, August 8th, 2015,’ read the statement. “The cause of death is currently unknown, but it was reported that he died in his sleep. He’s survived by his wife, and his three children.’

The Random Axe rapper built an impressive resume over a 20+ year career (Heltah Skeltah, Boot Camp Clik) and along the way he made dozens of connections to Canada and the Canadian hip-hop scene. As a tribute to P, we rounded up 10 of our favourite Sean Price connections to Canadian hip-hop – full list available after the jump link below. #RIPSeanPrice.

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R.I.P. Sean Price | Photo: Danielle DaSilva

10. Don’t Drink The Kool-Aid

Fortunato of Angerville teamed up with P for the first single off his collaborative Blue Collar EP with producer Sean One. Fortunato travelled to Brooklyn for the Spanish Fly Media-directed video which starred Sergio Chicon of Comedy Central fame. The “Don’t Drink The Kool-Aid” video is classic Ruck and Fortunato telling wack MCs off and promoting “keeping it real.” Click here to check out the original “Don’t Drink The Kool-Aid” post. Fortunato took to social media to comment on the loss:

Grew up listening to him and eventually was blessed to tour and make music with him. Rest in power my friend…

9. I’m So High

Toronto’s Marco Polo and Sean Price came together in 2012 in support of the Good Felons’ project, The Green EP. ” P’s “I’m So High” produced by Marco was featured on the project.

#RIPPumpkinhead #RIPSeanPrice

A video posted by Marco Polo (@marcopolobeats) on

8. What Now

Saskatoon/Toronto MC/producer Muneshine made a statement in 2008 with his Sean Price and Termanology-assisted “What Now.” The catchy hook off the self-produced single sampled Black Moon’s “War Zone,” Dilated Peoples’ “Reach Us,” Common’s “I Used to Love H.E.R.” and J-Live’s “Longevity.”

7. “That’s the extra hippity-hop shit”

That’s the extra hippity-hop shit I don’t be liking. Go home!” P’s no nonsense-taking reaction to a drunken cypher interrupting our interview with him in Vancouver back in 2011. Sean Price called it as he saw it and that was one of the best things about him. This is a great example of that. And in response to HipHopCanada’s Amalia Judith having the gall to question his mood out loud (“You feeling a little grumpy today buddy?“) P softened his stance just an inch: “Yeah a little bit. I mean I’m cool though. I’m not mad at the beatbox shit.

The interview went down when P was in Vancouver for the HipHopCanada-sponsored Ultimate MC battle series, hosted by his good friend Bishop Brigante (seen below punching Sean P in the face). Sean was a judge and also treated fans to a short performance.

Click here to read the full interview.

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Sean Price gets ‘KO’d’ by Bishop Brigante

6. Boot Camp takes over Vancouver’s Fortune Sound Club (which seems to be no longer a thing) brought the Boot Camp Clik West Coast Tour to Vancouver’s Fortune Sound Club for what would be arguably one of the city’s best shows of 2012. Sean Price, performing in top form, was joined by Buckshot and Smif N Wessun in a performance captured by HipHopCanada photog Bryan Mollett. Click here for more shots from the set.

One could hardly ask for more than the Boot Camp Clik West Coast tour – Duck Down artists Buckshot, Sean Price and Smif N Wessun graced the stage at Fortune Sound Club and gave the people exactly what they wanted. That distinctly East Coast sound settled on the ears of anxious fans as the artists performed collectively and individually the many hits from Golden Era to present.

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5. Hungree

Ruck was the first artist Tommy Spitz knew he wanted to feature on his God’s Got My Back EP released back in September 2014. In conversation with Spitzo you could really sense how much of an impact P’s loss had on him. “He’s part of the reason I rap. So sad.” “Hungree” was also selected as our Song of the Day.

I texted whoever I normally text, I called whoever I normally called and ran all around the ends to let my people know (Because majority of Flemo Park loved Boot Camp Clik) that I had a RUCK feature!! That was one of the greatest moments of my HipHop. When I heard he past away, I felt like I jus heard one of my OG’s dropped out. Tommy SPITZ is a product of Boot Camp Clik & Dogg Pound (Brownsville To Longbeach was a big moment in HipHop for me) I can tell you so many things I know about him from being a day one fan. My life changed when I hear LeFlaur LaFlah Eskoshka, it made me want to actually be a rapper. Boot Camp reminded me of my hood so much that it was like they were my OG’s, Sean Price passing was like losing a big homie. He’s part of the reason I rap how I do. A huge part of my HipHop died when Sean Price past away! Majority of the memories of my life have to do with HipHop and Sean Price has a shit load of records on that soundtrack. Ruck In Price Forever!!” – Tommy Spitz

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4. Apocalypse

In the fall of 2012, Halifax’s Quake Matthews dropped a hard hitting single featuring Ruck and Nightmare Klub’s Sese. “Apocalypse” featured production by Toronto’s Vokab equipped with classic sampled Big L vocals. We reached out to Quake for a quote about the song and his thoughts on P’s passing:

Sean Price was one of the few artists left that gave me a genuine feeling of excitement before I clicked on one of his new joints. The moment I got his verse back on ‘Apocalypse’ in my email, that feeling was magnified by 10x. I couldn’t wait to hear the outlandish shit I knew he was going to say. Everybody in the room was sitting on the edge of their seats as I clicked play. It wasn’t even 4 bars in and we all reacted as if we were sitting court side when Vince Carter stuck his arm in the rim at the Dunk Competition. The man said ‘I’ll make your mom suck my DWYK, nice and smooth!’ Enough said. Hip-hop lost a legend and one of my personal favourite emcees. I’ll be forever thankful that I had to the chance to work with him.

3. Hold Up / Fuckin Wit A Gangster

Two more incredibly dope collaborations between Toronto’s Marco Polo and Sean Price. “Hold Up,” by Marco Polo and Torae featuring P and Masta Ace, and P’s feature on “Fuckin Wit A Gangster” off the collaborative Marco Polo-Ruste Juxx project, The eXXecution. Who knows how many MP / Sean Price collaborations remain tucked in the vault. Considering they’re both Duck Down affiliated there could be a lot… let’s hope there is.

2. I’m Better Than You

Ruck teamed up with Skyzoo, Buckshot and Toronto’s own Promise for the Duck Down All-Stars 15-year Anniversary cut “I”m Better Than You.” You can also find the song on the official NBA 2K11 Soundtrack and game.

1. Boom Bye Yeah

As I mentioned on Twitter, my favourite Sean P / Canada “moment” is the Tone Mason-produced “Boom Bye Yeah” which appeared on P’s solo debut, Monkey Barz. It was one of six songs from the release to receive video support. It just so happpened that HipHopCanada’s Mo Jointz played a role in the record seeing the light of day. As Mo recalls:

Some time around 2004 I had picked up three young producers from Toronto who were searching for management. Collectively they were called Tone Mason. Later that year I got on the phone with Dru Ha about this track that Sean P was feeling. We worked out a deal and the end result was Sean P’s underground classic ‘Boom Bye Yeah’ produced by Tone Mason. He was one of the first US rappers to give young Canadian producers a shot. #RIPSeanP

And, to Mo’s point, Tone Mason wasn’t the only Canadian production credit on Monkey Barz. Toronto’s MoSS produced song No. 2 on the album, “One Two Yall.”

Honourable Mentions

Calgary’s Deezus featured Sean Price on his Soulden Era album

P’s 2011 interview with Montreality

Sean P shouts out King of the Dot with Toronto’s Bishop Brigante

We spoke to several people while putting together this piece and there was always one common theme: mentioning Bishop Brigante as someone we should speak with due to his close relationship to the fallen Brownsville legend. We asked Bish for a quote but had yet to receive it at the time of this posting (we’ll update it if it comes later). For now, we have some more of his comments on social media:

P was my friend. yeah we both rap, but he always told me he fucked with me cause of me & not because we both rap.

My heart is crying for you & your family P… he always asked about my son before anything.

Bishop Brigante

Doujah Raze’s “Fahrenheit” produced by Toronto’s Metic

LATE UPDATE: Twitter user @PhillyBalisong pointed out another dope Sean P connection that I should have included from the jump. New York based Doujah Raze’s “Fahrenheit” which featured Ruck and A.G. (of D.I.T.C. & Show and A.G.). Doujah released the song as B3 (LP Version) and B4 (A Capella) on 12″ vinyl back in 2006, along with the singles “Little More Time” and “When Misery Needs Company.” You can check out the track below.

Lead photo by Danielle DaSilva

Twitter: @SeanPrice

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