Sean Price Teamed With Mic Handz In His Last Days. Listen To The Music They Made (Audio)
More than three years since he passed away, Sean Price’s legacy burns bright. Last year, Duck Down Music and Sean’s wife Bernadette released Imperius Rex, an album that was selected among Ambrosia For Heads‘ best of 2017. Outside of Rex, there have been handfuls of side projects, such as the Illa Ghee collaboration, Metal Detectors. The MC formerly known as Ruck was prolific about making music, and Heads continue to hear new product from an artist who merely loved to work and elevate his peers.
That is the case with Mic Handz. Like Sean, Mic represents Brooklyn—hailing from Flatbush. He’s appeared on projects by Kool Keith, Shabaam Sahdeeq, and Neek The Exotic.
Back in 2012, Handz and Price had conversations about creating a project together. “The EP: The Epic Phail” was intended to be a project earning Brooklyn another epic notch for the Hip-Hop books. The story is a simple one that began with a phone call from Price telling Mic, “come get me, I feel rappy.” Arriving at New York City’s Carnegie Deli Studios, Handz played an instrumental and P recorded his verse for their initial collaboration “Stay Givin It Up.” However, Ruck wasn’t finished and requested another beat from Handz which birthed the records “Conceit” and “Alive.”
A short period of time passed, and the fate of the project was unknown. Price reached out to Handz acknowledging some personal things going on and requested beats to finish the project. Their last conversation occurred on August 6, 2015. Sean Price passed away on August 8. With the permission of his wife, Bernadette, Def Squad releases exclusive, never before heard music of the late great Sean Price featuring Mic Handz.
“Alive” is a track of cut-throat bars letting “simpletons” know they pose no threat for the two BK bar-bullies. The arrangement of hard knocking beats confirms the monstrous collision. Handz declares his stance in Brooklyn and the music scene while P declares, “Bar for bar, ni**a, I’m the best out.” The chemistry between the two is “Alive” and sure to wake up the masses.
Handz sums up the next track “Conceit” in one bar, “I’m the king of conceit he the beast of the pride.” The record begins and interludes with soulful ’70s harmonies. Handz owns the fact that “I’m the talk of New York,” while P sends reminder shots, “When I hold the ‘heem, one shot turn your face to bologna meat.” The duo holds it down once again for Brooklyn while delivering combative bars.
Press photograph provided by Def Squad Studios.