On The Anniversary Of His Death, Sean Price Is Remembered In A Collaboration With Ras Kass & Steele (Video)
One year ago today (August 8), Sean Price passed away. Two of his collaborators have not forgotten the Brooklyn, New Yorker’s incredible impact on Hip-Hop, especially in the modern era. From Ras Kass’ upcoming Intellectual Property: S.O.I.2 album (September 9), the West Coast veteran releases the video to single “Paypal The Feature,” which features Sean and General Steele.
The collaborative track re-purposes a video freestyle verse Sean used for XXL magazine’s “Show N’ Off” late in his life. In that verse, the Heltah Skeltah/Random Axe MC name-checked Ras Kass, making it the perfect item to draw upon for this project. In the moment, Sean appeared to joke that he was not working with elite MC peers as much as unknown artists who were paying him to appear on their burgeoning works. Ras, Sean, and Steele are three examples of talented lyricists who thrived as independents in the era of the major label and beyond. These are cold, cocky bars from three lyricists.
Contrary to the song line, Sean did do songs with Ras Kass. In 2014, Price worked with Ras Kass & Apollo Brown on Blasphemy video single “Drink Irish.” That song also featured Slaine (La Coka Nostra/Special Teamz) and Sick Jacken (Soul Assassins/Psycho Realm). Additionally, Sean would enter the stage via Smif-n-Wessun’s 1995 debut, Dah Shinin’ on the song “Cession at da Doghillee” alongside his Boot Camp Clik brethren. That moment would be the set-up to 20 years of hardcore rhyming.
Famous for selling verses online, “Paypal The Feature” plays into Sean’s verse in a career that partially sustained itself for hustling talent to fans with their own Rap ambitions.