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R.I.P. Sean Price: Planet Apes + ‘Songs In The Key Of Price’ + Memorial Concert Info

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We are hit this summer with another tragic loss, this time Boot Camp Click and Duck Down Records powerhouse, SEAN PRICE aka Sean P aka Ruk from HELTAH SKELTAH. Our hearts go out to his wife and 3 kids, his rhyme partner Rockness, the whole label and staff, friends and family. Sean was a friend to MCMI and was close friends with PH (Pumpkinhead) who passed away 2 months earlier, so a lot of mutual friends of both of them are left with that “wtf?” feeling, like “what is really going on?” We are losing our people – good people – who were close to us in friendship and who were champions of this thing we call Hip Hop, pushing the culture forward with every rhyme, every album or mixtape, even skits, freestyles and jokes.

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But Sean P left us a lot of great music, so we have to celebrate his life, much in the same way as we celebrate PH. For those who want to donate directly to Sean Price wife and kids, you can do that here, but you can also support by purchasing his music. As an independent artist on an independent label (Duck Down), your purchases are guaranteed to support his family, while at the same time bringing you joy, listening to his music.

Sean Price music is like fried chicken, collard greens and mac n cheese. If you love Hip Hop, you can’t get enough of it. He was an inspiration to all of us who do this (from your most underground “backpack” rapper to Jay Z), because he did it for the love of the music. That sounds cliche, but it’s true. Listen to him on the radio, in interviews he skips past all the marketing, the “fans get to know you as a person” stories, and just proclaims, “I just rap. I’m here to rap. I’m the nicest at this, nobody can F— with me. That’s it.” That’s all he cared about, being the best lyricist, the dopest MC, and he maintained that standard up until his last day.

Sean Price bundle package

We are so lucky that Sean Price was actually finished with his next project! They were planning his album release party for “Songs In The Key Of Price”, when he left us so suddenly. You can get the single Sean Price: Planet Apes or the full album, itself or in a package that includes the Songs In The Key of Price CD + digital MP3 download, Sean Price ‘Key’ bottle opener, P! socks, Songs In The Key of Price T-shirt, and RIP! T-shirt. The first 100 orders will receive an autographed copy of the Songs in The Key of Price CD.

Sean Price That's Hard CK shirt 2 copySean Price was there for MCMI many times, when we needed him. He rocked the COUNTY OF KINGS tee-shirt in Pete Rock & Smif N Wessun’s video for “That’s Hard,” (featuring Sean Price and Styles P). He collaborated with PH on Batterin’ Bars, on his album Mic Tyson. He was the first to tell us he wanted to perform at the Pumpkinhead Memorial Tribute Concert. That night, I got word from Royal Flush that Sean could not make it. I knew he wouldn’t have missed that show for the world, so I was a little concerned about if he was okay. Three days later, Sean was called to Paradise. He was 43 years old and survived by his wife and 3 children. #DejaVu all over again.

And so, once again too soon, we have a trending hashtag, numerous articles and radio stations playing tributes to a great lyricist. (Sidebar: Why does it take tragedy for radio to suddenly be filled with great Hip Hop music?)

Several years ago, we through a fundraiser for the Robin Hood Foundation, MCMI Presents Vol. VII, which Sean Price headlined for us, with Pumpkinhead, Hydra, Shabaam Sahdeeq, DJ Evil Dee and some others. Even though neither Sean nor none of us were millionaires, it was all for charity. Sean Price SOB's Flyer MCMI Presents

That’s the type of person he was. When his brother PH called him for the favor, to headline the bill for a good cause, he was there.

Now we are gearing up for the SEAN PRICE MEMORIAL SHOW @ S.O.B’s, August 27th. Tickets available at: tktwb.tw/1PiOwQB. All proceeds will be donated to the family.

RIP Sean Price

Salute Sean Price, one of the nicest and one of the nicest, on the mic and off of it. An MC’s MC. A father, husband and friend to many. We are proud to have heard him utter the words “MCMI, people call me Sean.” R.I.P. Sean Price. Your music and legacy live on forever. #ripSeanP #ripSeanPrice #RestInParadise

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maticulous – “That Ain’t U” ft Rock (Heltah Skeltah) & Guilty Simpson

rockness monstahThis collabo from maticulous – “That Ain’t U” ft Rock (Heltah Skeltah) & Guilty Simpson, takes shots at all the phonys, posers and BS artists who claim everything in their music that they do not do, women they do not date, things they do not have and just are straight up not being real. It is the 4th track from maticulous‘ full length album, The maticulous LP, abailable now on iTunes, CD & Cassette.


You just gon’ stand there, hollerin’ bout ya guns and ya thugs and ya drugs? (THAT AIN’T U!)
Oh, you gon’ ball til you fall, cause ya money stack tall, you the Don, n*gga? (THAT AINT U!)
You smash nothin but model bitches? Does ya wife gotta lotta n*ggas? (THAT AINT U!)
That is not you, and to keep it hunnid, sh*t is NOT cool (THAT AINT U!) – Rockness Monstah

Guilty SimpsonFirst off, ROCKNESS MONSTAH opens this song up right from the start with the craziest scheme on his and Guilty’s names. The HELTAH SKELTAH / Duck Down veteran straight SPAZZES on this joint!! And then bodies the hook too! GUILTY starts off in a similar vein, flipping the name Rock, as Rock did with his name. His flow is less aggressive, more of a laid back disdain for fakers and frauds. Guilty’s verse is straight fire.

This music has an East Coast flavor (maticulous if from PA). With Rock from NY and Guilty from Detroit, this is the sound that some people complain is missing in Hip Hop lately, being oversaturated with southern trap music. If you are one of those people, then this is earcandy you will be bumpin’ in your whip, your face crunched up because of the beat, but smiling at the same time because you are loving it. Support that so we get more of it. You wont be sorry.


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Buckshot & P-Money ‘BackPack Travels’ Album – Stop-motion Animation Video

Buckshot.P.Money_.Backpack.Travels.Web-2This is a cool stop-motion animation video promoting the upcoming release of Buckshot & P-Money ‘BackPack Travels’ Album (out June 24th). You can check out the video for Buckshot & P-Money – Flute (Explicit) ft. Joey Bada$$, CJ Fly of Pro Era, which we put up last week. For those unfamiliar with the project, Buckshot and platinum-selling producer, P-Money, from Auckland, NZ, have teamed up on this new album, ‘BackPack Travels,’ which comes out on Dirty Records / Dawn Raid Records / Duck Down Music. featuring Pro Era’s Joey Bada$$ and CJ Fly, Steele of Smif N Wessun, David Dallas, Raz Fresco, Chelsea Reject & T’Nah Apex. There will be two album release shows, one in Boston, June 24th, at Middle East and one in New York at Webster Hall on June 26th.

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Sean Price Goes Thanksgiving Food Shopping

Ya boy Sean P -aka- Sean Price -aka- @SeanMandela -aka- Ruk from Heltah Skeltah is at it again. The last video of him shopping was hilarious, so I HAD to check this out. I was not disappointed. Sean is that dude. He can be serious, witty, gritty, punch you through a school-bus and other times be funny as hell as well! He isn’t even promoting any new release with this video, but Duck Down is having a 20% off sale for Thanksgiving, if you are interested.


Sean P Shopping TG

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Smif N Wessun “Solid Ground” Music Video feat. Junior Reid


Smif N Wessun has hit us with Jamaican slang as far back as their smash hit “Sound Bwoy Bureill.” Get ready for their newest project, a 6-song, reggae-inspired EP, entitled ‘Born and Raised.’, produced by Beatnick & K-Salaam, ‘Born and Raised’ featuring Junior Reid, Jr. Kelly and Jahdan, and will be available digitally December 3rd.

Check the video to their lead off single, “Solid Ground”, directed by Guy Blelloch.  Junior Reid kills it on this one! ‘Nuff respect’!


There will be a limited edition physical package, featuring a CD Digipak, 45 Single Vinyl, Illustrated T-Shirt, Custom branded rolling papers (!), and a custom branded grinder available at the Duck Down Shop.

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