Sean Price & Masta Killa Are Rap Royalty On A 9th Wonder Production (Audio)
Sean Price and Wu-Tang Clan were frequent collaborators throughout the legendary Boot Camp Clik MC’s career. “Donkey Sean” has shared verses with prominent and affiliate members of Wu on a total of 12 released tracks since 1998. On Masta Killa’s “Down For Me,” the latest single for the Wu member’s upcoming Loyalty Is Royalty album, the late P’s verse on the track may bring listeners the most chills that they’ve heard yet.
Over 9th Wonder’s bouncy bass-filled production, the “Bar-Barian” sets off the track with his signature guttural delivery, uncanny wit and nimble wordplay from his bully pulpit about brandishing guns and beating down weaklings. But when Price speaks about himself being “fresh to death” in a coffin later in his verse, it may cause many to rewind those specific bars to verify his prophecy about being deceased.
He raps,”My worst verse better than the best / My best verse better than the rest/ The rest of the rest need to rest / I suggest that you all fall back before I mess up your chest, P! / I am the best / Brooks Brothers in the casket, I’m fresh to death.” Sean’s verse was recorded before his untimely passing in August 2015. The irony behind his “death” lyrics sadly resonate the most in this banger with Wu’s High Chief.
Masta Killa picks up where his fellow Brooklynite left off to end the song with vigor. “I spit K’s, and water refined / Alkaline lines combine by design of rhyme is now fruit for ’em / Multiples publishing and royalties is loyalty / It pays systematic on time / One time for you motherf*ckin’ mind / See the 22 points on my universal flag design / Combined with the relevance of intelligence.”
This track categorically falls into M.K.’s highly underrated solo work and pedigree as one of the Clan’s best. Masta Killa’s Loyalty Is Royalty is his four solo LP slated for release this Friday (September 29). The album also several features guest appearances including the late Prodigy, Redman, KXNG Crooked, Wu Tang’s Cappadonna, Inspectah Deck, GZA, RZA, and Method Man.
#BonusBeat: Check out Masta Killa’s career highlights in Ambrosia For Heads’ video clip “OGs Told Me.”