Sean Price's first solo effort, Monkey Barz, delivered some solid beats and witty lines. Although it was unsuccessful as far as sales went, Monkey Barz did indeed show the underground scene that Sean Price could make it on his own without the need of Heltah Skeltah's other half, Rock. Sean's last appearance on Boot Camp Clik's 2006 release, The Last Stand, marked his return to Duck Down Records since he left in 1999 to pursue his solo career.
Sean is back with his sophomore CD, Jesus Price Supastar, to kick off the new year with his first solo album since 2005's Monkey Barz. The self proclaimed "brokest rapper alive" has succeeded in impressing me once again. Jesus Price Supastar is chock full of Justus League and Duck Down artists such as the 9th Wonder, Chaundon, Buckshot, and Khrysis. The two teams work together to give Price a somewhat gritty soulful sound, reminiscent to Ghostface Killah or an old Mobb Deep album.
This album blew me away. I haven't heard some gritty rapping since... Well, it's been a while. Sean Price is, without a doubt, one of the finest hardcore MCs Hip-Hop has to offer.
"Intro" (Jesus Price) - This intro is under 2 minutes long, and basically gives you the gritty feeling you will be getting throughout the entire CD. Hardcore rhymes, hardcore beat, and a great way to start off the disc. You have now entered Jesus Price Supastar.
"Like You" - Rough. Gritty. Soulful. Sean Price delivers some very vicious lyrics to this beat provided by 10 for the Triad. Strong rhymes come from Mr. P: "Sean Price is the nicest to write poems/I never say the same shit twice like Mike Jones." These sort of comedic lines all scattered throughout the entire album.
"P-Body" - Finally, Heltah Skeltah are back together... sorta. Rock is on this track, yet he only does the chorus. Sean Price holds all three verses down by himself. This track also marks the first 9th Wonder beat on the CD, which isn't all too bad at all, even if 9th is delivering a little more of a hardcore sound than before.