Sean Price

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Sean Price
Sean Price at the Come Up Show 2013.jpg
Price performing in London, Canada in 2013
Background information
Birth name Sean Price
Also known as Ruck, Scagnetti, Tha Inflicsta, Ruckus, Sean P, Decepticon Sean, Tawl Sean, Kimbo Price, Mic Tyson, Donkey Sean, Jesus Price, Sean Da Barbarian
Born (1972-03-17)March 17, 1972
Brooklyn, New York, New York, U.S.
Died August 8, 2015(2015-08-08) (aged 43)
Brooklyn, New York, New York, U.S.
Genres Hip Hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, producer
Years active 1993–2015
Labels Duck Down
Associated acts Boot Camp Clik, Heltah Skeltah, Random Axe, Agallah, 9th Wonder, Termanology, Ruste Juxx, Buckshot, Jedi Mind Tricks

Sean Price (March 17, 1972 – August 8, 2015) was an American rapper and member of the hip hop collective Boot Camp Clik.[1] He was half of the duo Heltah Skeltah, performing under the name Ruckus (sometimes abbreviated as Ruck), along with partner Rock.

Early life and education[edit]

Price was a member of the gang the Decepticons in high school.[2]


A member of the underground hip hop collective Boot Camp Clik, Price first appeared on Smif-N-Wessun's 1995 album Dah Shinin'. He would soon resurface in 1996 as one half of the critically acclaimed Brooklyn duo Heltah Skeltah, who released their debut album Nocturnal on Duck Down Records that year. Heltah Skeltah would go on to release two more albums, 1998's Magnum Force and 2008's D.I.R.T..

In the 2000s, Price would establish himself as a strong force in the underground hip hop community. In 2005, Price released his first solo album Monkey Barz, to critical acclaim. Price would follow up in 2007 with Jesus Price Supastar and later with Mic Tyson in 2012. Songs in the Key of Price, A mixtape recorded before Price's death, was released posthumously on August 21, 2015.

In 2011, Price was a judge on the Ultimate MC TV show alongside Royce da 5'9", Organik, Planet Asia, and Pharoahe Monch.[3]

Price had been interviewed on the online series Grand Angel TV in 2008[4] and 2010,[5] with Paid Dues performance footage alongside Boot Camp Clik and Dru Ha, respectively.

In 2011, he formed the group Random Axe with Guilty Simpson and producer Black Milk.

He had a planned collaborative album with rapper Ill Bill in the works, called The Pill.[6]


On August 8, 2015, Price died at the age of 43. Details surrounding his death were not immediately available, but a statement from his reps confirmed his death, while adding that he died in his sleep. "It is with beyond a heavy heart that Duck Down Music is sadly confirming that Sean Price passed away early this morning in his Brooklyn apartment, Saturday, August 8th, 2015," read the statement. "The cause of death is currently unknown, but it was reported that he died in his sleep. He's survived by his wife, and his three children."[7]

In just 4 days from his death, fans of Price raised $72,883 on the fundraising website Crowdrise in support of his family.[8] According to Dru-Ha's Instagram, Jay-Z donated $50,000. Eminem's Shady Records donated $10,000 to the fundraiser.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Price was the cousin of Roc-A-Fella Records rapper Memphis Bleek.[10] Price was also close friends with actor Ryan Phillippe.[11]

Price lived in Brownsville, Brooklyn.[12]

He was a Muslim, having converted in 2009.[13]


Studio albums


  1. ^ "Sean Price biography". allmusic. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Memory Lane: Sean Price Takes Us Back to School". 22 October 2012. 
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  4. ^ GRAND ANGEL TV 3 – Paid Dues 2008/ Sean Price Interview. YouTube. 3 April 2008. 
  5. ^ Grand Angel TV #13: Sean Price Interview & Performances. YouTube. 3 October 2010. 
  6. ^ HipHopDX (28 June 2011). "Sean Price Talks Random Axe And New Album With Ill Bill". HipHopDX. 
  7. ^ "Sean Price, Of Heltah Skeltah, Dead At 43". August 8, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Sean Price, The Loss Of A Legacy". August 12, 2015. 
  9. ^ Eminem & Shady Records Donates $10K To Family Of Sean Price, 18 August 2015
  10. ^ Ahmed, Insanul. "Quote of The Day: Sean Price and Memphis Bleek Are Cousins". Complex Magazine. Retrieved 2015-09-20. 
  11. ^ Steiner, B.J. "Sean Price: Rap Game Incredible Hulk". Vice Media LLC. Retrieved 2015-11-21. 
  12. ^ Horowitz, Steven J. (June 22, 2011). "Sean Price Names His Top Five Favorite Brooklyn Rappers". HipHopDX. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  13. ^ HipHopDX (29 October 2012). "Sean Price Interviews Scarface: They Discuss Religion, Emceeing & Ultimate Rap Collaborations". HipHopDX. 

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