Your “Figure Four” freestyle definitely raised some eyebrows. First things first, are you leaving Duck Down after Mic Tyson drops?
It ain’t even like personal. Let me say Duck Down, Dru Ha and Buckshot are the best. They brought me in the game. I’ll always fuck with them as long as I’m in the game. That’s not me saying I want to get off of Duck Down and go somewhere else. I was sitting around this summer and everybody was on the road and I’m thinking, why the fuck am I sitting here? So I asked Dru and everything he told me that I should do, I don’t want to do.
I’m not even going to get into details, but whatever he wanted me to do, I don’t want to do. It’s not like the label is bad. They treat me like I’m the franchise up there so it’s not even like that. I just don’t want to do what he says are the necessary things to get it popping for me. If I have to do those things and I don’t want to do it, I guess it’s time for me to leave. I’m not talking about leaving for another label. I’m talking about I’m done with this shit, period.
Nah. I’m always going to rap because I’m always thinking of shit but I don’t want ot play the game. I love rapping. I love going to the studio and rapping. I love hearing the song. I love it when the song comes out but the rest of the game, I don’t like and you gotta play the whole game. You can’t play part of it. If I’m not going to play the whole game, it’s time for me to leave as a man.
Do you look at the whole game as playing the blog game and Twitter and all those things?
I don’t think rappers should give access like that. All the fans don’t need access. They’re just fucking fans. I’m not shitting on my fans. I love them all but I don’t need to be in touch with them 24/7. I don’t have a Twitter and I don’t have a MySpace. We have a Heltah Skeltah MySpace but that was Dru. I don’t think fans should have access to the artists 24/7, man. I think it takes away certain things. I don’t do none of that stuff, man. I have a Facebook and it’s actually just my friends on there.
And I love rapping. I just recorded and leaked “Figure Four” yesterday, in the same day. I don’t mind if I leak some music and it gets out there. I’m not mad at that. I’m not mad at the internet. I’m not even mad. I just don’t want to do it. (laughs) I just don’t want to do it! I just want to rap! I don’t want to do all that, man.
What’s been the biggest change in the game since you came back with Monkey Barz?
A bunch of shit, man. I can’t even pinpoint one. And change is good. Don’t get it twisted. I just don’t want to do all of it. On “Figure Four” I talk about how I don’t “parley with a crew, nigga/I don’t Wale and them new niggas.” I never heard Wale before the MTV and Lady Gaga video. That wasn’t even a shot at him. I’m an older guy. I listen to hardcore rap and Mary J. Blige records. I don’t know nothing! (laughs)
I’m guessing you’re not too interested in Kid Cudi or Drake either.
Nah. I don’t listen to none of that. I wish them the best and I hope they pop. Change is good but I’m not willing to change. I’m a stubborn rapper! (laughs)
I don’t think your fans want you to change.
I couldn’t anyway. It’s not in my DNA.
Do you feel like the market for what you do is shrinking today?
Actually I feel like it’s growing because there’s so much of that other shit going on that I think it’s growing. I think people want to hear that, man, and if you don’t want to hear it, you got everybody else. You got me, Raekwon, I don’t know, Beanie Sigel, Styles P and then the rest of them and then everybody else with their stuff.
How can you say you don’t parlay with a crew when you’re in Heltah Skeltah and Boot Camp?
I don’t run around with a big crew of dudes. What do you call that? Shooters? The crew, the posse. I ain’t talking about Boot Camp and I ain’t talking about my Detroit niggas. I’m talking about the rapper at the video and he’s got the crew behind him with the guns and the masks. I don’t hang out like that. It’s me and Petro. Petro’s a small dude with Kris Kross baggy jeans on. (laughs) I just don’t hang out with a crew, man. I just don’t do that. Nine times out of ten you’ll find me by myself or you’ll find me with my wife.
We can put out a P.S.A. on HHG to get you a crew.
Oh, I could get some too! That’s not a problem. I just have to walk across the street! (laughs) I just ain’t with that. I ain’t with none of that, man. I don’t do that.
If you start taking applications, let me know.
(laughs) Yeah. You’ll go through the screening process.
Do I have an advantage since we never made the Fab 5 relaunch pop off?
All right. Well, listen. I’m going to ask Starang if you could take his place but I don’t know if the people are going to appreciate that. Starang is nice. You haven’t heard him in awhile but he’s still nice. The last time I saw Starang I was trying to talk him back into rhyming and he said he wasn’t into it. Then when we were smoking in a circle he said, “Well, if I was rapping, I would say this,” and then he spit a verse that was so hardbody I wanted to punch him for not rapping anymore. So trust me, he’s on his game. If you want to play Starang, you better come with it, my G.
I’m ready. Why won’t Starang come back?
I feel like he Starang do right now. The hell with it, man. I’m done with this shit. I love rapping but nobody wants to play the game. Starang is like me. He’s still writing and he’s still rapping. He just doesn’t want to play the game. I feel him on that one.
Is the game that bad now?
It’s not bad. I’m actually having fun recording this album. I ain’t mad at Dru or nobody. It’s just me. I’m changing.
On “Figure Four” you talk about how your son could beat up these new guys. Is Elijah rapping?
No, he ain’t rapping but I was getting kind of fat so I lost 30 pounds, man. I’ve been working out and I got the gloves and the mitts so my son’s got a nice combination, left-right combination that might shock the average rapper. Like father, like son.
Will you two go around knocking out other father-son teams?
Yeah! Why not? (laughs) Nah, it’s just so wild out here, I had to teach him how to defend himself.
I couldn’t see anyone wanting to fight with him when they know you’re his pops.
True indeed. But I don’t even go up to the school. I don’t go up to the school like that because I don’t want anybody to dumb jock him because his father’s Sean Price and all that. His mother takes him to school.
Do you go for the parent-teacher conferences?
Yeah, I go. I scare ‘em sometimes. Big beard, don’t need no shape-up, receding hairline. I scare the hell out of ‘em.
Do you think you’re a factor in your son getting good grades?
Yep. Yep. I mean, you know what it is? He likes to be fresh. He likes Polo. He likes Levi’s. He likes Nike like his father. He wants to look like that, bad kids don’t get fresh. Good kids get fresh. So he’s very fresh! (laughs)
You mention you could take out Jay-Z in “Figure Four.” As a Brooklyn native, was The Blueprint 3 worth listening to?
On that line, I just meant what I meant. He nice. I think I’m better. Why wouldn’t I think I’m better? That’s not even a diss. That’s an honest opinion. Of course he ain’t even gonna run over and want to go verse for verse. Why would he? But if he is, I’m ready to go. Let’s do it. Feel me? (laughs)
But did you like The Blueprint 3?
It was good.
It was good. As much as I say I’m nicer than Jay-Z, I can’t shit on him because he’s from Brooklyn. I can’t shit on no BK dudes, my G! (laughs) It’s a great album, man! (laughs)
I guess we can agree to disagree on that one.
I’m going to stick to the home team. I’m always going to root for Jay-Z. But I do think I rhyme better than him though. I ain’t never going to say nobody better than P. Forget about it.
Not even Drake?
Nobody, my G! I ain’t never heard of Drake besides the “Best I Ever Had” joint.
So why did MTV front on you with their list of Top 10 MCs this year?
The same reason they front on me every year. Come on, man! I’m a guppy in a pond of sharks. What’d you expect, man! (laughs) I don’t even get involved in that list shit, man. I don’t look to see where I’m at. I’m definitely not on that and plus some of them dudes on that list, they definitely don’t belong on there. I don’t know if they’re basing it on skills or sales. If it’s skills, then some of them don’t belong on there. If it’s sales, then yeah, they definitely belong there.
But you know, it’s pretty accurate though, this time.
Even with Raekwon in the ninth slot?
I never even listened to Drake. I gotta peep it but I’m mostly hardcore rap and Mary J. Blige, so to see Raekwon on the list at all, that’s a good thing. That’s good music right there. Cuban Linx 2 is good music.
Your mixtape Kimbo Price is done. Looking at how it came out, are you happy with it?
Yeah. I love it. I was having fun. You probably can’t tell I’m having fun but I was having a ball making that mixtape. I loved making it. I hope y’all enjoy it as much as I did making it.
Ruste Juxx said he writes all of your stuff on the mixtape. Why did it take so long for that truth to come to light?
(laughs) That’s my boy right there! He can say what he wants to say.
What’s it like having Ruste write for you?
Oh, it’s awesome, man! It’s awesome! He’s gotta help me write the Random Axe album. I’m waiting for him right now!
You also talk about knocking Lark off her go-cart. Would you really try to knock Lisa Turtle off a go-cart?
I would drop-kick her off the go-cart.
Is that for personal reasons or because she would never get with Screech?
I don’t know. I’m just stupid like that. What was she doing on there anyway? I would drop-kick her or my man Will would throw something at her. We’re just ignorant like that sometimes.
That sounds like the people I want to hang out with.
Hardcore rap and Mary J. Blige records. That’s all we do!
Are you an Asher Roth fan?
Actually I am. I’ve met Asher. He’s a good dude. I’ve met him. He’s a good dude. Out of all the new guys and I don’t consider Cory Gunz a new guy. He’s just new to y’all. He’s been out for a minute. He’s just so young. They don’t know no better. But Asher, yeah, he’s a good guy. He cracked a few jokes and smoked one. He’s good people. I hope he has better shoes on now though. The last time I saw him he had these nasty death shoes on that was looking real crazy. Other than that he’s a great guy. I asked him about the shoes. If you speak to him he’ll tell you. I asked him if he felt like that and he said he feels like that all the time. I left him alone.
Do the younger guys in the game know about you?
I don’t meet none of them.
Really? Do you not go out?
You know what my wiz called me the other day? I said, “Yo, what kind of nigga am I?” She said, “Yo, you a house nigga.” So for a minute I coughed for about five seconds and I was like, ‘Hold up, did she just say I’m a house nigga like, ‘Yes sir, boss?’’ I was like, ‘Hold on, I know she ain’t…’ Then I thought about it. I don’t go nowhere, man! I’m cool. I listen to music and writing the rhyme and thinking of a way to take over the world. Come on. I am a house nigga. I’m a house nigga, as funny as that sounds. Yeah.
I bet she’s happy you took a few seconds to think about it.
(laughs) Yeah! I caught myself. I heard it for, like, three seconds, like, ‘What’s she mean?’ I was thinking about Fiddler from Roots and shit, but she didn’t mean it like that! (laughs) I know what she meant and she’s right.
With the implications that statement carries, she’s got some balls.
She’s not no punk. She said it and got in the stance. She ain’t no punk! (laughs)
No doubt. On Kimbo Price you have a song talking about running Duck Down…
(interrupts) I’ll be there for Mic Tyson. I’m there forever. I don’t need a contract to be on Duck Down. That’s my team. I would never switch teams. Feel me? So if they’re talking about doing a Boot Camp album and I’m not contractually obligated to Duck Down, I’ll still do the album and I wouldn’t go nowhere and sign something that wouldn’t let me do something like that. So don’t worry about that. My problem ain’t with Duck Down. The label is great. The problem is that I just don’t want to do certain things. It’s me. Not them. Me. You understand?
I spoke to Dru today. He was like, ‘Damn, man, that line is kind of harsh.’ I told him he knew what it was, Cheez, and he was like, ‘Yeah.’ I would never shit on the label. It’s me, as a man, I just don’t want to do certain things and I’m not. And when you’re not, it’s time for you to go, simple as that. But I’m not retiring. I feel like I’m at my prime right now, as old as I am. I feel like I’m getting nicer, so there’s no way that I could stop. I’m getting busy right now. I don’t want to stop. I just don’t want to play the game.
Back to the question. You have the song where you talk about running Duck Down. If you were in Dru Ha or Buckshot’s place, what would you change at the label?
Nothing. I’m not mad at them. They ain’t do nothing wrong. They make a lot of things pop for me. Nothing. I would take Dru’s manuscript and run with it. That’s why it would be Ruck Down Records, because it would be Duck Down, it’s just that I’m in charge now.
It was dope hearing you get with Poison Pen and Swave Sevah on “Bars of Death.”
Poison Pen, he’s been around us for a long time. He used to work at Priority. We go back from there. I ain’t even know he was rapping back then. He was working for Priority. That’s my peoples, man. It’s only right he’s on a joint. And Swave’s the future, man. Him and my man Ike P from Harlem, they go in, man. They go in.
Wasn’t Pen in a Boot Camp video before he started rapping?
Yeah! He’s been around. He’s seen the whole thing, man. Pen was up at Priority when Reasonable Doubt was on Priority. He’s seen it all.
How does it go down when you two get together?
It’s just a regular phone call and he says he can either make it or not, simple as that. Especially with Pen, it’s even easier. He doesn’t smoke and he’s on his little workout too. He’s trying to lose some weight too. A salad and some water and he came through! (laughs)
That’s the cheapest feature ever.
Yeah, man. But it ain’t even like a feature with us, man, because if he calls me, I definitely don’t want no money from him. Let’s do the joint and vice versa. When it’s family and peoples like that, you don’t even feel like it’s a feature. I don’t even like when I do albums that it says “featuring Rock from Heltah Skeltah” like he’s some dude that I don’t know! (laughs) But I understand the game and that’s part of the game.
It definitely is. You guys get pretty violent on “Bars of Death.” How do you throw such concentrated anger into a 16 bar verse?
Brownsville Projects. ‘Nuff said. My upbringing in Brownsville Projects, that’s all I need. I got enough ignorance to last a lifetime. Trust me.
I hope you continue sharing that with everyone not from Brownsville.
Yeah, man. My family album alone, my family album is enough ignorance for about ten albums and I ain’t even talking about ignorance in the street. My family ignorance is enough for ten albums. That’s why when you just called, I ain’t gonna front, my aunt just passed today.
I’m sorry to hear that.
That’s why when I first picked up the phone I wasn’t speaking for a second. I was speaking to my cousin and she was trying to make me cry, man.
Sorry about that.
Yeah. Nah, she lived a good life, man. She lived to be, like, 84 or 85, something like that. You know, she lived a good life, man. Rest in Peace, Aunt Lorraine.
As far as Kimbo Price goes, did you ever think of renaming the mixtape after Kimbo Slice got knocked out by Seth Petruzelli?
Yep! I’ve gotten those comments, like, ‘Yo, I hope the mixtape’s better than this guy’s fights.’ But everybody who says that can’t beat Kimbo, so until one of these dudes who made a comment about that or most people who ask me if I’m gonna change it if he lose, they can’t beat Kimbo so when one of them kicks Kimbo’s ass, I’ll name it whatever they want me to name it.
That’s pretty generous of you.
I mean, hey, if somebody fucks Kimbo up before the shit drops, I will change the title. Call it whatever you want to call it. Until then, you know, a UFC guy versus a street fighter, he can swing but his floor game is not that good, man. He needs to work on that floor game, man. Brazilian Jujitsu ain’t something you learn in, like, four sessions. You really gotta learn that. It’s gonna be difficult for him but I wish him the best, man. I respect his come up.
Did you ever get a chance to talk to Kimbo Slice about the mixtape?
I mean, we could. We can. It don’t matter to me. But I’m definitely rooting for him. We can. It don’t matter. I’m taking the same approach he takes. Let’s do it, man, just in the hip-hop way. I ain’t in the streets knocking them out but I’m knocking them out with these verses, though. I honestly feel like I’m the hardest out right now, no Bruno. (laughs)
Did you see Bruno in theaters?
Nah, that’s…Nah. Never.
That’s not something you guys play for Duck Down movie night?
Nah, man. We watch Good Will Hunting. Good Will Hunting is a favorite movie of the Boot Camp and Finding Forrester.
Who’s the janitor in Duck Down?
(laughs) Uh, Steele.
Does he solve math problems on the Duck Down chalkboard when you leave the office at night?
Yeah. Either him or Buckshot. They’re the janitors.
Can they clean?
All across the board, man. All across the board. They’re real thinkers, man. They’re smart. They’re real smart, too.
I had no idea just how deep the talent pool was up there.
Yeah, man. I be taking yellow cabs home from the studio hoping I bump into the Cash Cab guy. I’m ready. I’ve been studying. I’m ready for the Cash Cab guy. I think I can win. I downloaded the game to my computer. The Jeopardy joint. I’m pretty good, man. I’m pretty good.
Do you think you’d do okay on Jeopardy?
Yeah. I think I will. And you know what’s so funny? I don’t even know how I know half the stuff. Too much TV, I guess, just in terms of information. But I score pretty well.
What would you rock on Jeopardy?
I’d probably wear a nice shirt with the v-neck Ralph Lauren sweater with a crispy pair of Levi’s and some Dunks, typical Sean Price wear.
Would you go after Alex Trebek if he penalizes you for not answering in the form of a question?
Nah. I wouldn’t do a Will Ferrell. I wouldn’t go Will Ferrell skit. I’ve seen those Will Ferrell Jeopardy skits. I wouldn’t Will Ferrell. I would go Sean Connery, if you’re familiar with that. (laughs)
How could you not know about those?
(laughs) I definitely wouldn’t do that. Nuh uh. No way.
Why haven’t you hosted Saturday Night Live yet?
You know what? I got a lot of friends who say they could see me doing comedy but I can’t see myself up there just blatantly cracking jokes. You know, like, Chris Rock, I couldn’t see myself like Chris Rock. (switches to Chris Rock voice) Women be shopping! Man, women be shopping! Son, women be shopping! I can’t see myself doing that, man. Like, he kills me. Chris Rock kills me like that. He walks the stage and he says the same thing like four times. Ladies, you gotta take care of your man. You gotta take care of your man, ladies. You gotta take care of your man. I’m like, ‘Damn, why he do that?’ I can’t see myself doing that, man.
You spit the “Radiant Jewels” verse on Kimbo Price over a different beat, so in a way you’re kind of like Chris Rock.
Oh, I got an explanation for that. I actually did my version first. See, when I first did it, right, when I did it on Kimbo, I was like, ‘You know what? I love Raekwon, man.’ He spits bodies. But sometimes son be saying something and I don’t get it but it just sounds so good that I let it slide. You feel me? And I was like, ‘Let me see if I could write one of those.’ And I did. You know, ‘Giraffe neck niggas I blast tech’s/Alejandro, he came through with the Mexican Aztecs.” I was like, ‘I don’t know what I’m talking about but it sounds good, yo!’ (laughs) And my friends were laughing like, ‘This is a hard verse right here.’ And as soon as I did it, the next day they called me to get on a track with Raekwon and Cormega. I was like, ‘Great, I’m ready already!’ So on the mixtape I call it the “Radiant Jewels (Remix).” If you listen to it, I’m trying to do my best Raekwon impersonation. They say imitation is the best form of flattery. I’m definitely a Raekwon fan.
You just need a few more bungled drug sales and you’re in good shape.
(laughs) Actually, that song “Broken Safety,” that beat was mine first. It was Scram’s and then Rae did it. I seen Rae in California and he was like, “Yeah, son, I need that.” I’m like, ‘Man, I like that joint.’ He was like, ‘Man, I’m putting Nas and Jadakiss on it.’ I was like, ‘Man, all right, take it, then.’ You know what I mean? It wasn’t even an argument to it. If you’re going to do that, who am I to stop that? Make it happen. Come to find out it has Jadakiss and Styles on it. And then Scram leaked my version after. It’s called “Broken Safety Part 2.”
Will you get a verse from Rae in the future?
I got a favor. I ain’t pull out the favor card though. It’s all good. I will when I need it though. Trust me.
So will Rae be on Mic Tyson?
No. Mic Tyson is all Sean P, man. I don’t want to rhyme with nobody on this. I got some things I need to say.
All Sean P?
Is it done?
Nah. It’s almost done. And it’s sounding crazy, man. I got Alchemist on it. I got Evidence on it. I got Sid Roams. Of course 9th Wonder and Khrysis and this dude named Beat Butcher. The album is sounding crazy. It’s crazy.
How much better is it than Jesus Price Superstar?
Somebody asked me if I liked Monkey Barz or Jesus better but it’s like, yo, I just felt a whole different level of ignorance that I’m gonna spit to the people. It makes for good music for me. Monkey Barz was kind of comedic and hardcore but as it goes on it gets less comedic, man. My motto for this album is Embrace Your Satan. So that’ll tell you what kind of music I’m doing right now. I’m embracing my bad side and making good music. You know what I mean?
When you give people that kind of ignorance, do you hope they channel it in all the wrong ways?
I just want them to listen to it and enjoy it. Now if they want to go and do something stupid behind it, I’m not responsible for that because my son hears my music and he’s not a bad child. That starts in the household. But I’m gonna say what I’m gonna say.
So you’re telling me if I listen to your music and knock off a 7-11, you might be proud of me. That’s what I’m hearing.
I mean, if you listen to my music and it invokes that kind of violence, that means you embrace your Satan. That’s what I’m doing for this album, I’m embracing my Satan. If the album makes you embrace your Satan, hey, man, high five.
I just want to earn your approval.
I’ll be knocking off a 7-11 and driving off to Jesus Price Superstar. I can even Twitter it.
Aw, man, if you Twitter, I might not like you. I don’t like nobody who Twitters except for Dru Ha and Hex Murda. That’s it.
Hex has always been on Twitter 24/7.
He’s my Twitter police. He’s making sure nobody’s saying nothing stupid about me. That’s my boy, man. Also, me and Houseshoes are working on a mixtape for Hex right now. It’s all new material. All the proceeds are going to go to Hex and his peoples. That’s my dude. I love him like cooked food. I really consider him a friend and that’s what friends do for each other.
So if I want to show my friends I appreciate them, I should make them a mixtape?
No, but if you were in a situation like Hex where he can’t move around and get that bread and he got a newborn and all that, maybe you should if it’s the same situation and if you don’t rap, maybe you should just give him some money.
I think you’re dissing me. I’ll let it slide this time but you better watch yourself.
(laughs) Whatever, man! I’ll get my son to fuck you up directly, man! (laughs)
That would be pretty embarrassing to get beat up by a high school kid.
You know what, he’s not even in high school. So that’s even worse. A junior high school teen would fuck you up. That’s even worse.
There’s no coming back from that, is there?
Yeah, man. He’s kind of mini-Mayweather with his hands. He be hitting the mitts without looking. He’s kind of mini-Mayweather with it. Yeah, it would be embarrassing. Just to get beat up by a person with no facial hair is embarrassing.
I won’t even be able to interview NoHa after that.
(laughs) That’s Brian! You mean the guy Eli fucked up? That’ll be your new name – The Guy Eli Fucked Up.
I might be staying out of Brooklyn until this beef between us settles down.
(laughs) You’re crazy!
I’ve been watching The Wire because I never had HBO. I’m starting to see why you reference it so much in your rhymes.
That was a good show! I miss The Wire. It was a great show, man.
Don’t kill the ending for me, but if you were a character from The Wire, who would you be?
Uh, who wouldn’t say Avon but you know what, I’m a little more smoother than that but I’m not Stringer Bell. I’m not that smooth. I’d probably be like a Slim Charles. I’d probably be like a Slim Charles, man.
That’s good. I think Marlo’s too bad even for you.
I know a few Marlo’s. They don’t last long.
Poison Pen just finished watching The Wire. What character would Pen be?
Prop Joe. (laughs) See, I’d be working for him.
And he’d be fixing your clocks.
He’s the fix-it man. He makes things happen. I’d just be there to make sure no one kills him.
He just doesn’t have a Greek connection.
Exactly! (laughs) What other shows you watch? I haven’t really been on my HBO game since The Wire left. They haven’t had a good replacement.
I’ve been watching Entourage but it’s getting worse and worse.
Yeah. I don’t really like it like I used to. I used to watch Curb Your Enthusiasm but Bernadette kept cracking jokes on me so hard about it that I couldn’t do it.
You did call out her cooking. Women don’t forget stuff like that.
Come on, man. You’re not going to bring that up again? Didn’t Pen verify that my wife’s cooking is awesome.
I think we ran that point into the ground.
You’re trying to get me beat up, man. She’s got her eyebrows raised and everything. You’re trying to get me beat up.
Elijah can’t save you from that one.
I don’t want Elijah jumping on me neither, man.
What about 30 Rock?
I’ve never seen one episode of that in my life.
I think you’d like that and The Office. Those are usually solid.
You know what? I think I might want to check out Bored to Death, that new show. It looks funny. I saw the new commercial for that.
What about Eastbound and Down?
I’ve seen nothing.
The first season was pretty good.
You know what? When they stopped Oz on HBO, then The Wire came on. All right, cool, good replacement. Immediately after The Wire went off, I don’t know if people remember, but after The Wire went off they had a Benjamin Franklin miniseries. I was like, ‘Oh, my God, I’m done. HBO, you’re wrong. I’m done.’ I was just so pissed. I don’t want to know the inner workings of Benjamin Franklin. I was done. I was totally pissed off at HBO. I wanted to boycott and go down there and threaten them. I’ve kind of fell HBO since then, man.
He’s only a founding father of America and a great inventor. Sheesh.
So was Benjamin Banneker, but I don’t think it makes for a good miniseries. Same with Eli Whitney. I don’t want to see The Eli Whitney Story. No disrespect. You know what I mean?
You’re not dissing the cotton gin, are you?
Not dissing the cotton gin, but I don’t want to see how he came about it and the whole story behind it. I mean, I’ve read about it but I don’t think it will make for a good miniseries, like, ‘Week 7 of Banneker. On this episode of Banneker, he makes the grandfather clock. Week 8, he makes the almanac!’ Come on, man. I don’t think that would be a good miniseries. You feel me?
Who would you want to see a miniseries on, if anybody?
Uh, me! I have an interesting story, man. I mean, I wouldn’t write a book about it but you could definitely pull a few stories from it, for real. Like the uncle who tried to cook crack in the microwave and all that and we kicked him out and all that. I got some funny stories, man. It might be sad but it’s hilarious, man! (laughs)
Yeah. Sean. The Movie. The Series. P! Just have a big “P.” P! On HBO!
I would order the premium package to get that.
Yeah. It would make for good…My grandmother was a numbers runner, so that right there makes it interesting. I grew up in a houseful of numbers runners. That right there would make for an interesting series. Trust me.
I’m starting to see how Sean P came together.
So besides Bored to Death, are there any other shows you want to get into?
I watch Dexter. I do watch Dexter.
Dexter’s awesome. And since it’s been on, I’ve been a big Law and Order fan. I stay with my Law and Order, all of them. Criminal Intent, the normal one, yeah.
Does Bernadette make you watch any wack TV?
Bernadette makes me watch “Nigga, why you did me wrong?” movies. That’s what I call them, like the Tyler Perry movies and shit like that! (laughs) Why Did I Get Married? Shit like that! I Could Do Bad By Myself. Movies that feature Tyler Perry and Johnny Gill. I punch through school buses but I’m in the house watching Johnny Gill and Tyler Perry. It’s crazy.
Married life may not be all it’s cracked up to be.
(laughs) Aw, man, it’s cool though, man. You gotta do it, man. You gotta do it.
You know I got married this summer.
Oh, word. My condolences. Nah, I’m just playing. Congrats, my G! (laughs)
I’m sure you meant the first part.
Nah, I meant the second part, man. I was just joking! (laughs) So you’re watching girly flicks too.
Right now she’s loving The Wire so I’m gonna ride that out.
I’m not gonna front, me and Bernadette loved watching The Wire but after that (starts singing) nigga done did me wrong movies. All them Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, all them types of movies, man! (laughs) I’ve seen them all, man! What other movie was it, with the bald head guy? G! I saw G. All those Tyler Perry joints and those kind. All of those. Yeah.
And how do you not win Husband of the Year after that?
I don’t know. I don’t know. But I guess the marijuana allows me to watch it and think of a rhyme at the same time. But like I said, I watch it anyway because you never know. I wasn’t into the Tyler Perry movies but then I referenced Tyler Perry like a motherfucker when I did the Destiny’s Child remix for girls.
So it pays off?
It pays off. It pays off.
Why does he have to go in drag in all his movies?
I don’t know. You know, I’m not even gonna go there. I don’t know. How ‘bout those Yankees! (laughs) How ‘bout those damn Yankees! I can’t even go into that, man. To each his own. I could say something but I’m gonna keep it politically correct. How ‘bout those Yankees!
It’s just so creepy.
I don’t know, man. I don’t know. I don’t like Black people with no mustache, man. The Black man with no facial hair, I don’t know, man. That’s the date rape face. I don’t even like those kind of people around me. I don’t really want to be surrounded by those kind of people.
Even if it was Michael Jordan?
Yeah. I don’t trust Black men with no facial hair.
Clay Davis had facial hair.
Hey, I’m from Brooklyn so I ain’t vote for him. He had a crack stem in his hand, that’s for damn sure.
Bubbles had facial hair.
Bubbles was a damn snitch! There he go. No, Bubbles ain’t have no shape up, right? That was just dirt, man. That was just dirt! (laughs) You know what I mean? You can’t have a Black man with no facial hair. Barack Obama. I ain’t even gonna say no more. I’m gonna leave that alone. I’m just gonna put that out there and leave it alone. Barack Obama.
Are you wishing McCain won?
No. I don’t believe in presidents anyway, but that’s neither here nor there. We’re not gonna get into my political beliefs. I’ll be sounding like a Malachi York if I get into my political beliefs so I’m not even going to do that to y’all.
Would you rather go to the king and queen system?
I don’t know. But we can definitely take some notes from Amsterdam. They got legalized marijuana and most people I know in Amsterdam don’t smoke. They done made it so legal that it ain’t even a big deal no more. So I think we should take notes on that.
Do you think we will?
Nah. Nah, ‘cause prescription drugs kill more people than anything. They don’t want that to stop. They’ll attack weed like that’s the real deal when Oxycontin and Percocets are harder to get off of than heroin. So I doubt it. I’m pretty sure. I ain’t no authority but I’m pretty sure of it. I have family members and most of my family besides me and my brothers and sisters is ex-something. I’ve seen it all. Ex-crackhead, ex-junkies, ex-alcoholics…Somebody in my family right now is getting off of something right now or using something. I’ve seen it.
And I know some people use heroin and then they get on methadone, but that shit’s harder to get off of than heroin. The weed helps a lot besides just getting high. Weed can help in other ways but they seem to be cracking down on weed like that’s really the issue and shit. Me and Bernadette was watching Intervention and there was a girl getting high off the shit that she was using to clean her computer. How do you control that? Ain’t no drug dealer. You just walk into the store and punch in your credit card and buy four or five cans of that shit.
What’s stopping you from running for Mayor of New York?
Ah, man, I don’t like people, man. I think everybody should grab their kids and teach them the right thing and everybody will be all right. But as far as telling people what to do, nah. I’m just gonna do my household and you do yours.
Will Mic Tyson drop in 2010?
Like I always do, man, I’m gonna do my part, hand it to Dru and he’ll listen to it. He’ll tell me we need one more of these or “fuck outta here with that,” then I’ll fix whatever he says. Whether he’s right or wrong, I’ll do it. And then you know, if he’s wrong, I’ll be like, ‘See, you fucking idiot!’ And then if he’s right, he’ll be like, ‘See, you fucking idiot!’ And then after that, what I usually do is I call the rest of the guys in to help me with the choruses because I’m horrible with choruses and then he decides when to put it out and I’m cool with that. I’m cool with that.
Is the version I heard of Kimbo Price the finished version?
Yep. 23 songs. 22 songs and my Slim Shady skit! (laughs)
What made you throw the old Boost Mobile freestyle on there?
You know what? I always loved it. We lost it. I found it again. Somebody put it on The Best of Sean Price mixtape but I don’t even listen to those neither. I just like it. I just wanted to hear it and I wanted people to hear it who didn’t hear it already. It’s not like I was reaching. I had 30-something songs done, I just felt like that was the one I wanted to put on there.
Did you actually record that over a cell phone?
Yeah. Yeah, I did. That’s why it sounds berserk like that. Dru actually hates that joint. He said that’s the worst shit he ever heard in his life and I’m like, ‘I love you!’ (laughs)
That one grew on me.
You know, real story, when they sent that to Game and Ludacris to do the commercial, one of the guys from Boost Mobile sent it to me too and he wanted me to audition for the commercial but once he told me he had Game and Ludacris and all these other names, I was like, ‘They’re gonna pick Sean Price. Great.’ That’s the rhyme I used. Could you imagine them playing that at the board meeting? Like, ‘Whaddup, I just got this Boost Mobile shit, nigga!’ I was out of the running once they heard the intro and shit. But the look on their face, priceless! (laughs)
That was before you even started pushing Monkey Barz, right?
Yeah. Yep. It’s a great beat too. I actually love that shit. Oh, man, wait ‘til you hear this new joint that me and P.F. just did, man. I’ll probably leak that in a few days too. That’s crazy. I’m rhyming over ultimate breaking beats. Wait ‘til you hear it. I bodied it! He’s scratching it and it’s like some old school shit. The shit is fire! I’m nice, B! You know what I mean? I’m not tooting my own horn, but you know what I mean? I’m nice, B!
I always thought so but I also have to say that because of Elijah beating me up.
(laughs) Nah, man, I’m real humble so I don’t say nothing. I’m just happy to be here and I still am. No striptease but I’m about to show my ass this time! (laughs)
If you had to sell Kimbo Price to the fans, what’s your pitch?
I don’t know, man. Go buy it before I get Eli to go and fuck one of you up. I’m gonna sick him on y’all.
How does he feel about being contracted by his father?
He’s been trained for this moment. It’s not like Road to Perdition or nothing! (laughs) He know how to fight and he doesn’t want to see his father bothered or disturbed.
Sounds like a good son.
Yeah, I have a great son. Sometimes I throw him out the window but what father doesn’t?
As long as you’re not ten stories up.
I’m on the fourth. It’s still a bad drop though! (laughs)