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Sean Price

With Jedi Mind Tricks and Grayskul. Wednesday, April 4, at the Grog Shop.

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Sean Price's latest, Jesus Price Superstar, barely cracked the Billboard 200, but Price's influence on hip-hop far exceeds his actual name recognition. In his native New York, he's an underground legend, coming to prominence as a member of Brooklyn's Originoo Gunn Clappaz. OGC is a key component of an eight-member, supergroup-type collective called Boot Camp Clik, which has been to Brooklyn what Wu-Tang Clan has been to Staten Island.

When Brooklyn MCs like Jay-Z and Biggie were starting out, Boot Camp Clik were already setting an example of how to set the borough's harsh realities to beautiful music that doesn't alienate everyone else just for listening.

Price now has a fan base consisting of both older listeners who are familiar with Boot Camp Clik and younger fans who dig his impeccable mic skills, as well as his lack of self-aggrandizement (something rare in this day and age).

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