In the past seven days, hip-hop fans celebrated two classic rap albums. The first was Ghostface Killah's Supreme Clientele, which celebrated its 11-year anniversary last week on January 25th. The other anniversary is for a lesser-known album that still deserves mention, Sean Price's Jesus Price Supastar, which celebrated its five-year anniversary on January 30th.
The two artists share much in common. Both Sean Price and Tony Starks saw their careers take off during the '90s, both hail from large NY-based rap crews (Boot Camp Clik and Wu-Tang Clan, respectively), both are known for being in a duo (Ghost often teamed up with Raekwon and Price formed Heltah Skeltah with Rock), and both went on to thrive in their solo careers. "Wu-Tang Clan ain't nothing to fuck with/Boot Camp Clik ain't nothing to Wu-Tang," Price rhymed on "Like You," showing that he was keenly aware of the comparisons between the two groups.
And their two classic albums are more comparable than you might think. Although they aren't musically similar, P's Jesus Price Supastar helped resurrect the once failing Duck Down Records much like Ghost's Supreme Clientele restored faith in the Wu-Tang brand after it began floundering in the late '90s/early 2000s.
That's why we figured Sean Price—whose busy putting the finishing touches on his long-awaited Mic Tyson album—would be the perfect person to settle a long-running debate for us: Which album is Ghostface Killah's best album? Ironman or Supreme Clientele? So we got on the horn with the Brownsville representer to find out and he explained to us not only why Supreme Clientele is the superior record, but also how it was such a huge influence on his career.
By Sean Price (@SeanMandela)
As told to Insanul Ahmed (@Incilin)