Sean Price was found dead in his Brooklyn home this morning at the age of 43. While the cause of his death has yet to be confirmed, a statement released by his longtime label, Duck Down Records, reports that he died in his sleep.
Those who are now flocking to Price's Wikipedia page after hearing of his death will read that he was a member of rap groups Random Axe and the Boot Camp Clik, one-half of duo Hektah Skeltah and the creator of three solo albums, most recently 2012's Mic Tyson.
Those are all correct facts, but to those of us who were fans of Price he meant something far more than a discography. He was perhaphs hip-hop's godfather of giving no fucks, a title that I think pays accurate homage to his legacy. Price was a true original, an artist who refused to compromise his music and himself in any way. He was by turns relentlessly aggressive and hilarious, the kind of man that could both deliver a rant about his wife's love for scented candles funnier than any stand-up comic and throw anyone foolish enough to test him through a window. He was seemingly incapable of being anything but completely, entirely himself at all times, and in addition to his absolutely iron clad rhymes, that's what always inspired me about him and what I think so many people loved about him.
All of DJBooth's thoughts go out to his family, friends, Duck Down Records and all those affected by his death. We'll be playing Monkey Barz in his honor for the remainder of the weekend. P!
[Nathan S. is the managing editor of The DJBooth and a hip-hop writer/talker. His beard is awesome. This is his Twitter.]