A year ago today, we lost Sean Price. The man and the myth whose legend grew when he went solo with 2005’s Monkey Barz. The gorilla was let out of the cage and the world is a lot more boring without him in it. Apparently not even death can stop him as Duck Down is prepping his posthumous album, Imperius Rex.
“Rap Professor” is our first taste.
“This ain’t the same Sean from the last album
Don’t smoke weed or smoke a seed but I blast barrels
Clap Harold in the ride with Kane
N****s get burnt lyrically I’m supplying the flame
Providing the caine so pure I don’t cut on it
Track ain’t crack unless Ruck on it”
That last line kinda makes me misty-eyed. It’s not just the braggadocio, but it’s the truth behind it. This will be one of–if not the–last time we hear P on a track and do what he did better than anyone else. Provide dope rhymes over hard beats with a strong conviction that he was the best in the game and he dared you to disagree.
If you’re in NYC tonight, there’s a tribute show at Webster Hall. Boot Camp will be in the building, along with Skyzoo, Sadat X, Lord Jamar, and more. Plus Just Blaze and Pete Rock doing DJ sets. You can cop your tickets here. I’m in my feelings I can’t go.
Imperious Rex is coming soon and I kinda don’t want it to. Once that happens, the book on Ruck will officially be finished. That’s a sad reality to wake up to.