Sean Price Names His Top Five Favorite Brooklyn Rappers

The Brownsville native sounds off on the hottest rappers from the BK.

Native to Brooklyn, New York, Sean Price recently spoke on five rappers other than himself that he considers as the best of the best from his borough. Speaking with Vlad TV, he named Notorious B.I.G., Steele, Brother J, Ike Eyes and Jay-Z.

“Jay-Z for sure. He gets busy. Ain’t no need to go into intricate detail, but overall, his body of work is official and he gets busy. Can’t front on that,” he said. “Big, of course. I remember openieng up shows for Big. I’d be like, ‘Yeah, we warmed it up for you, son.’ And he’d be like, ‘Warmed it up? I don’t even want to go out there!’ But Big. Me and Big was cool. We had a little discrepancy between my crew and they crew, but for the most part, I love Big.”

He also bigged up his Duck Down Records brethren. “Steele, from Smif-N-Wessun. He was a big influence on all of us. He was the first one rhyming. He was doing it in high school. Actually Steele was the first one out of Boot Camp to do it. But Buckshot won a contest and got a deal first, and they automatically pulled Steele and Tek in, pulled me and Rock in.”

Sean Mandela rounded out the list with two relatively underappreciated MCs. “Brother J. I don’t know why people sleep on Brother J. Because of his content? If he was rhyming anything else, he would be in everybody’s top 10. He had a presence and his raps were serious. Maybe because it was so X-Clan-ish, maybe some people ain’t really... But I’m a big Brother J fan. He can rap his ass off. Voice, the cadence, the flow... Brother J,” he said. “Ike Eyes. He’s not a popular rapper. Y’all don’t know him. He’s my friend. I listen to Ike and go ‘Ah, gimme my pen! I need to write this down.’”

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41 Comments

  • Bowski

    I'm just glad to see cats on this site recognizing Kane as one of Bk's nicest, regardless of what number he falls on your personal list. Kane's one of the best to ever do it. Az's gotta be up there too. I like the fact that Sean didn't front on Jigga neither..

  • hudes

    ahh, i just read it again my bad. it's 7 am...

  • ty

    Ok this is about HIS PERSONAL favorite brooklyn MC's NOT the BEST OF ALL TIME brooklyn MC's. Everyone will have a different list.

  • rbgwarrior

    fuck it....i forgot to mention my top 5 from the planet of brooklyn: 1. kane 2. mos def 3. masta ace 4. jay z 5. biggie honorable mentions go to talib kweli, joell ortiz, saigon, AZ, smoothe da hustler, Buckshot, Jeru da damaja, o.c, and ofcourse brother j.

  • rbgwarrior

    Not putting Kane on that list is like naming the top 5 Knicks of all time and not putting Clyde Frazier on it. It invalidates the whole list. I suppose it's his 'favorite' and not the 'best', but C'mon Fam...Kane is arguably the nicest MC of all time. ^ You took the words right of my mouth, couldn't expressed it better Son! Kane was incredible, easily #1 from BK.....#3 on my all-time list though, trailing Rakim and KRS

    • hudes

      i know brotha i know. i fucked up. my eyes were playing tricks on me. but in my defense it was 7 am, and i just woke up. but HIP HOP is always on the mind, had to come check the site. bottom line, brooklyn in the house!!! im from toronto, but ever since i started liking rap (96-97, what i was 11 years old) ive LOVED BK hip hop one love everybody

    • anon

      @hudes i pointed it out for you "easily #1 from BK.....#3 on my all-time list though, trailing Rakim and KRS" krs doesnt make my top ten even, let alone my top 3. g rap takes that spot

    • k

      The guy above needs to learn to read

    • hudes

      Rakim aka the GOD MC, is from LONG ISLAND. KRS ONE is from the BRONX how can you not know this? and still write they names down?!!?! its all good, at least you recognize them. pioneers in this field here! one love

  • Sensaye252

    Not putting Kane on that list is like naming the top 5 Knicks of all time and not putting Clyde Frazier on it. It invalidates the whole list. I suppose it's his 'favorite' and not the 'best', but C'mon Fam...Kane is arguably the nicest MC of all time.

  • blackula

    hard to rate this list without Kane somewhere on it.

  • Jefferson Lee

    SEAN MANDELA!

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  • goldentrophy

    I havent done these stupid top whatever list in years but hers it goes in no particular order. 1. B.I.G 2. AZ 3. Jay-Z 4. Gza 5. Big Daddy Kane Those five listed are the top 5 emcee's that ever came out of BK and that's not even a subjective opinion tht's a fact.

  • Anonymous

    No Brooklyn rapper is better the AZ.... It's AZ, then GZA, then Mos Def then Masta Ace and ODB

  • bluerazor

    TOP FIVE BIG DADDY KANE NOTOURIOUS BIG MOSDEF BUCKSHOT SMOOTH DA HUSTLER

  • DMV Dave

    Busta Rhymes. Don't know if it's that over-animated style he had early on the dolo career, or that he lost a battle to Jigga in high school; but his body of work & real hip-hop hits should put him the Brook's top 5 all-time.

  • saint

    my list would be: 1) Masta Ace 2) O.C. 3) Biggie 4) Jay-Z 5) Buckshot all legends in the gam

  • hudes

    The best emcee of brooklyn is AZ. PERIOD. if Christopher Wallace was still living, god knows how much better hip hop would be, but he's my number 2. Masta Ace Joell Ortiz Talib Kweli DOE OR DIE 2 baby. hopefully this fall it comes out. and AZ is on that rock the bells with NAS this summer, so you know, YOU KNOW they getting it in, studio wise. The world wants another classic AZ/NAS collabo

    • Anonymous

      Yes, AZ is the best. And I really hope that Nas is going to make a track with him. Dude is incredible.

    • hudes

      * hear his name/words not here.. my bad.. typing too fast

    • hudes

      Big Daddy Kane is classic, but i thought we talking about rappers still involved with the game, and i say that respectively. and i know biggie is my number 2, but i still here his name/words in more rhymes these days than ever. so to me, he's still around. and i got respect for the whole BCC. i saw boot camp twice. Buckshot is that dude. Brooklyn hip hop got so much passion. the best of the 5 boroughs.

  • R.C.

    JAY-Z B.I.G FABOLOUS AZ MOS DEF/BIG DADDY KANE

  • Anonymous

    1. Masta Ace 2. GZA 3. AZ 4. O.C. 5. B.I.G.

  • Nike Champ 718

    Respectable list from P. Howwwwwevah...WHERE'S KANE, SEAN??????? Props to the Brother J nod, though. I'm also a J fan. To the East Blackwards is a classic.

  • Anonymous

    1. AZ 2. O.C. 3. Jay-Z 4. Talib Kweli 5. Saigon

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  • IDK

    where's O.C.??? he's extremely underrated, imo >__

  • son of a sax

    Word to herb. I mean, this is HIS list. So he's entitled to his opinion. But I thought Kane should of made the list. EASY!!! But, like I said, this is HIS list

    • Nike Champ 718

      Yeah, it's hard to put Jay and Big up there and not have the man who fathered their style up there.

    • Ramiro

      i thought Kane would of been up there, Ace too. and im a big fan of saigon but yeah everyone has different opinions.

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