DOOM, Method Man & Prodigy Appear On Sean Price’s Imperius Rex Tracklist
Sean Price’s posthumous Imperius Rex album is nearly two weeks away. The August 8 Duck Down Music release is the project that the Heltah Skeltah co-founder and longstanding Boot Camp Clik MC was working on at the time of his death, two Augusts prior.
Earlier this month, a video was released of the title track, produced by Alchemist. While some guests were announced at that time, Vic Spencer shared the tracklist, while announcing that he is a featured MC:
Sean’s fourth solo album reunites P with his Heltah Skeltah co-founder Rockness Monstah (aka Rock). Price gets support from mentor Buckshot, as well as Smif-n-Wessun’s Tek and General Steele. He has longtime protege Ruste Juxx included, as well as Rim P of Da Villains. That group was part of Ruckdown Records at the time of Price’s passing.
Outside of the possé, Sean’s posthumous LP is blessed with appearances from MF DOOM, Styles P, and three Wu-Tang Clan members. Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, and Method Man all appear. In 2015, two months ahead of Sean’s untimely passing, Method Man told Ambrosia For Heads about learning from the Random Axe MC: “I remember, I spoke to Sean Price. I was askin’ him, ‘Yo, it seems like you’re havin’ a little writing renaissance right now. You’re hotter than you’ve ever been. What’s your secret?’ He said, “I’m better than these ni**as—it ain’t no secret, it’s fact,'” Meth recalled. “So I took it as my inspiration. Even if it ain’t true, I’m gonna tell myself that: I’m better than these ni**as.”
The Wu-Tang MCs share a track with four Boot Camp Clik rappers. “Clans & Cliks” reunites two crews who supported one another during their mid-1990s boom. Another MC of that period, Mobb Deep’s Prodigy, is also featured. He passed away last month.
Further, a skit title “NOT97” may play into a late 2012 conflict Sean Price had with HOT 97 host/program director Ebro Darden. The social media back-and-forth began after Ebro responded to an interview stating that the station supports Sean, but artists like him are “for the minor leagues.” Sean responded on Twitter, asking if Redman and Method Man, artists he felt were under-supported by the hometown station, were also “minor league.”
The Imperius Rex tracks are as follows:
1. “Imperius Rex”
2. “Dead Or Alive” featuring Bernadette Price
3. “Definition Of God”
4. “Ape In His Apex” featuring Ruste Juxx
5. “Apartheid” featuring Buckshot & General Steele
6. “Lord Have Mercy” featuring Rim P & Vic Spencer
7. “Negus” featuring DOOM & Ike Eyez
8. “Church Bells” featuring Junior Reid
9. “The Lyrical Ps” featuring Prodigy & Styles P
10. “NOT97 Skit”
11. “Refrigerator P”
12. “Prisoner” featuring Freeway
13. “Resident Evil”
14. “Clans & Cliks” featuring Method Man, Raekwon, Inspectech Deck, Rockness Monstah, Smif-n-Wessun, & Foul Monday
15. “Rap Professor”
16. “Price Family” featuring Bernadette Price