Sean Price

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Sean Price
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Price performing in London, Ontario in 2013
Background information
Birth nameSean Price
Also known asRuck, Scagnetti, Tha Inflicsta, Ruckus, Sean P, Decepticon Sean, Tawl Sean, Kimbo Price, Mic Tyson, Donkey Sean, Jesus Price, Sean Da Barbarian, Luga Lifta
Born(1972-03-17)March 17, 1972
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedAugust 8, 2015(2015-08-08) (aged 43)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, producer
Years active1993–2015
Labels Duck Down
Associated acts Boot Camp Clik, Heltah Skeltah, Random Axe, Agallah, 9th Wonder, Termanology, Ruste Juxx, Buckshot, Jedi Mind Tricks, Loudmouf Choir

Sean Price (March 17, 1972 August 8, 2015) was an American rapper and member of the hip hop collective Boot Camp Clik. [1] He was half of the duo Heltah Skeltah, performing under the name Ruckus (sometimes abbreviated as Ruck), along with partner Rock.

Hip hop music music genre consisting of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping

Hip hop music, also called hip-hop or rap music, is a music genre developed in the United States by inner-city African Americans and Latino Americans in the late 1970s which consists of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping, a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted. It developed as part of hip hop culture, a subculture defined by four key stylistic elements: MCing/rapping, DJing/scratching with turntables, break dancing, and graffiti writing. Other elements include sampling beats or bass lines from records, and rhythmic beatboxing. While often used to refer solely to rapping, "hip hop" more properly denotes the practice of the entire subculture. The term hip hop music is sometimes used synonymously with the term rap music, though rapping is not a required component of hip hop music; the genre may also incorporate other elements of hip hop culture, including DJing, turntablism, scratching, beatboxing, and instrumental tracks.

Boot Camp Clik is an American hip hop supergroup from Brooklyn, New York, which is composed of Buckshot, Smif-N-Wessun, Heltah Skeltah and O.G.C.. Most of the members are from Brownsville, Brooklyn, but Buckshot is from Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Tek is from Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

Heltah Skeltah band

Heltah Skeltah was a hip hop duo which consisted of rappers Rock and Ruck. The two were members of New York supergroup Boot Camp Clik, along with Buckshot, Smif-N-Wessun and O.G.C..


Early life and education

Growing up in the borough of Brooklyn, Price was a member of the gang the Decepticons in high school. [2]

Brooklyn Borough in New York City and county in New York state, United States

Brooklyn is the most populous borough of New York City, with an estimated 2,648,771 residents in 2017. Named after the Dutch village of Breukelen, it borders the borough of Queens at the western end of Long Island. Brooklyn has several bridge and tunnel connections to the borough of Manhattan across the East River, and the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge connects it with Staten Island. Since 1896, Brooklyn has been coterminous with Kings County, the most populous county in the U.S. state of New York and the second-most densely populated county in the United States, after New York County.

The Decepticons were a Brooklyn street gang around from the late 1980s into the early 1990s. Originating as a bond of “brotherhood” soon escalated into one of the most feared gangs of their time with their flash mob style attacks and muggings. Although their reign was for a limited time, they managed to terrorize the streets of New York enough to leave their mark on them, even relevant to today's society.


A member of the underground hip hop collective Boot Camp Clik, Price first appeared on Smif-N-Wessun's 1995 album Dah Shinin'. He would soon resurface in 1996 as one half of the critically acclaimed Brooklyn duo Heltah Skeltah, who released their debut album Nocturnal on Duck Down Records that year. Heltah Skeltah would go on to release two more albums, 1998's Magnum Force and 2008's D.I.R.T. .


Smif-N-Wessun is a hip hop duo consisting of members Tek and Steele. Smif-N-Wessun comprise one quarter of the Brownsville, Brooklyn supergroup Boot Camp Clik, with Buckshot, Heltah Skeltah and O.G.C. Both members are known for their Jamaican Patois during their raps, which was more evident during the earlier stages of their career.

<i>Dah Shinin</i> 1995 studio album by Smif-n-Wessun

Dah Shinin' is the debut album from American East Coast hip hop duo Smif-N-Wessun. Members Tek and Steele made their debut previously on Black Moon's classic 1993 album Enta Da Stage. Dah Shinin' was noted for its hardcore lyrical content and production, which was handled by Da Beatminerz members DJ Evil Dee, Mr. Walt, Rich Blak and Baby Paul.

<i>Nocturnal</i> (Heltah Skeltah album) 1996 studio album by Heltah Skeltah

Nocturnal is the debut album from hip hop duo Heltah Skeltah, consisting of members Rock and Ruck, members of Brooklyn supergroup Boot Camp Clik. It was the first BCC album to feature some outside producers, such as Shawn J. Period and E-Swift.

In the 2000s, Price established himself as a strong force in the underground hip hop community. In 2005, he released his first solo album Monkey Barz , to critical acclaim. He followed this in 2007 with Jesus Price Supastar and Mic Tyson in 2012. Songs in the Key of Price , a mixtape recorded before Price's death, was released posthumously on August 21, 2015.

<i>Monkey Barz</i> 2005 studio album by Sean Price

Monkey Barz is the solo debut studio album by underground hip hop artist Sean Price of Heltah Skeltah. The album was the first release from Duck Down Records 2005 "Triple Threat Campaign", followed by Buckshot & 9th Wonder's Chemistry, and Smif-N-Wessun's Smif 'N' Wessun: Reloaded. The album was possibly the most acclaimed of the three, and was named Independent Album of the Year by

<i>Jesus Price Supastar</i> 2007 studio album by Sean Price

Jesus Price Supastar is the second studio album by rapper Sean Price, released on January 30, 2007 through Duck Down Records. It was originally planned for release on September 19, 2006, then was pushed back to October 31, and was pushed back for a third time, to a final date in January 2007. Duck Down CEO Dru-Ha stated, "We all just decided together that the extra time would do us right for promotions and raising awareness."

<i>Mic Tyson</i> 2012 studio album by Sean Price

Mic Tyson is the third studio album by American rapper Sean Price, released on October 30, 2012. It was the last album to be released in Price's lifetime before his death on August 8, 2015.

In 2011, Price was a judge on the Ultimate MC TV show alongside Royce da 5'9", Organik, Planet Asia, and Pharoahe Monch. [3]

Royce da 59" American rapper and songwriter from Michigan

Ryan Daniel Montgomery, better known by his stage name Royce da 5'9", is an American rapper and songwriter. He is best known for his longtime association with Eminem as well as his solo career, recording primarily with producers Carlos "6 July" Broady and DJ Premier, as well as ghostwriting for the likes of Diddy and Dr. Dre. Royce is currently one half of the rap duo Bad Meets Evil with Eminem and one half of the hip hop duo PRhyme with DJ Premier. He was also one quarter of the hip hop group Slaughterhouse with Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz and KXNG CROOKED. The editors of ranked him No. 31 on their list of the Top 50 MCs of Our Time (1987–2007).

Organik (musician) Canadian rapper

Travis Fleetwood, known as Organik, is the founder and part owner of King of the Dot, a battle rap league based in Toronto, Ontario, where he currently resides.

Planet Asia American rapper

Jason Green, better known as Planet Asia, is a rapper from Fresno, California. He is prominent for being one half of the now broken up hip-hop duo the Cali Agents and is currently a member of the groups Gold Chain Military and Durag Dynasty. He is also well known for his vast discography of mixtapes.

Price was interviewed on the online series Grand Angel TV in 2008 [4] and 2010, [5] with Paid Dues performance footage alongside Boot Camp Clik and Dru Ha, respectively.

Paid Dues

Paid Dues was an annual hip hop festival that took place in California, until the summer of 2007, when it was announced that the festival would travel to multiple locations. The last festival took place in 2013.

In 2011, he formed the group Random Axe with Guilty Simpson and producer Black Milk.

He had a planned collaborative album with rapper Ill Bill in the works, called The Pill. [6]


On August 8, 2015, Price died at the age of 43. Details 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." [7]

Personal life

Price was the cousin of Roc-A-Fella Records rapper Memphis Bleek. [8] He was also close friends with actor Ryan Phillippe. [9]

Price lived in Brownsville, Brooklyn. [10]

He was a Muslim, having converted in 2009. [11]


Studio albums

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