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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released February 8, 2019 | Ruckdown Records - Coalmine Records, Inc. - Duck Down Music, Inc.


Rap/Hip-Hop - Released November 22, 2005 | Duck Down Music Inc.

Having lost its distribution deal with Priority, Duck Down Records, the home of New York's Boot Camp Clik, was at a low point around the turn of the century. BCC member Ruck's predicament did not fair any better. However, during the mid-2000s, he became one of underground hip-hop's MVPs under the name "[he] chooses to be called when [he's] in front of his moms," Sean Price, and Monkey Barz was vindicating proof of that fact. On this first installment of Duck Down's "Triple Threat" campaign, a collaborative effort with Justus League producers 9th Wonder and Khrysis, Price guides you on a journey of wit, humor, and grime. His deep, commanding voice on the opening track attempts to set a solemn tone for the rest of the album, even though the actual tone of Monkey Barz fluctuates from dead serious to slapstick nonsense. "Fake Neptune" has Price spitting filthy rhymes ("How you gonna sh*t on me/After I let you sh*t on me, freaky deakay") over a beat that does sound like a bootleg version of the Neptunes-produced track by Birdman and Clipse, "What Happened to That Boy." The real question posed is whether or not he can deliver with Justus League productions; the 9th Wonder-produced "Heartburn" offers the best answer. 9th composes a delicate, steady beat with hard drums, a husky bassline, and a beautiful soul sample, and yet Price's "courting" (more like repelling) of his love interest basks in his hardcore image. That peculiar contrast, which is representative of the album as a whole, makes Monkey Barz that more intriguing. Even more captivating is the title track, a rhyme session of jungle rap acrobatics in which his lyrical modus operandi -- the stop-and-flow delivery of clever rhymes and non sequiturs -- is epitomized: "We Mighty Joe Youngin' it/Thuggin' it/Straight from the jungle my brotha/My ni**as, Banana Republican/Orangutan slang/Chewbacca, not proper/Tube socks full of rocks plus the cops watch us, yo." Price clearly knows his strengths. His charisma alone can hold any song together and definitely stands out on tracks like "Jail Shit" where the production is less than stellar. The sexism expressed in some of his lyrics can be a bit off-putting, but by the end of the record, he will still have you chanting the ad libs along with him, "Sean P"! ~ Cyril Cordor

Rap/Hip-Hop - Released August 8, 2017 | Ruck Down Records

Brooklyn native Sean Price, one-half of Heltah Skeltah and one of many members of the Boot Camp Clik collective, died at home in his sleep on August 8, 2015. While he was never a household name, fans of hardcore hip-hop knew him as one of the realest MCs in the business, with a gruff voice and tough yet humorous lyrics, and his death came as a shock to the rap world. Posthumous mixtape Songs in the Key of Price was already slated for release prior to his death, and arrived on schedule. Imperius Rex, Price's fourth proper solo album, was released exactly two years after Price's death. He had finished a few songs for the album before his passing, but much of the album was constructed afterwards, thanks to Herculean efforts from Price's wife Bernadette. By no means does this album sound like a tossed-together cash-in effort like so many other posthumous releases -- Bernadette and the cast of producers and guest MCs spent the better part of two years laboring over the album in order to make something that stands up to Price's legacy, and it flows just as naturally and hits just as hard as any of his prior works. The beats (produced by Alchemist, 4th Disciple, Harry Fraud, and Crummie Beats, among others) are all rock-solid, occasionally venturing into left-field territory, particularly the industrial droning underneath "Church Bells" -- probably not the track you'd expect reggae crooner Junior Reid to provide the chorus to. Several of Price's peers show up, including DOOM, Styles P, Mobb Deep's Prodigy (who also met an untimely death before the album was released), and Freeway, who helps Price rail against the rap scene during "Prisoner." Most explosive is "Clans & Cliks," a posse cut featuring Rock (the other half of Heltah Skeltah) and Smif-N-Wessun, as well as Wu-Tang's Inspectah Deck, Method Man, and Raekwon. Of course, nobody on the album overshadows Price, who sounds as forceful, commanding, and even as funny as ever. ~ Paul Simpson

Rap/Hip-Hop - Released November 1, 2013 | Coalmine Records


Rap/Hip-Hop - Released March 16, 2018 | Ruck Down Records


Rap/Hip-Hop - Released November 24, 2017 | Coalmine Records


Rap/Hip-Hop - Released December 17, 2013 | Coalmine Records


Rap/Hip-Hop - Released July 18, 2017 | Ruck Down Records


Rap/Hip-Hop - Released November 29, 2018 | Ruck Down Records