Freestyle of the Week Review: Sean Price, Show N’ Off Freestyle

Let us begin by acknowledging the widely accepted fact that, despite living in the savage badlands between cultural and critical appeal and commercial success, Sean Price is fucking talented. A fine lyricist coming off of the critically acclaimed Mic Tyson, Price takes to XXL’s Statik Selektah hosted Show N’ Off freestyle series with murderous precision, and drops roughly a minute’s worth of bars that rival other rapper’s entire cuts in terms of sheer hip-hop enjoyment. This is the aural equivalent to a key bump of high grade coke as opposed to some stepped on, college town drug dealer bullshit.


It begins with the beat, which is simplicity itself, and Price opens with a roiling boil of bars that bubbles and pops like pouring shell pasta into the pot.  Opening strong is a hallmark of a veteran, a way to kick the door in and assert dominance before the listener is ready to apply a critical ear to the proceedings. Having already made his entrance, Price then slows it down a bit, and moves through the tried and true boasts that, while no doubt delivered better from him than most other cats, also benefit immensely from the opening lines. Price closes with a particularly snappy pice of wordplay–“We ain’t releated/So fuck all that relatively speaking'”–which bookends the introductory salvo and effectively ends his attack.

A veteran, Price drops a lean, classic freestyle, and proves the tired line that quality trumps quantity.


Listen to Sean Price’s “Show N’ Off” Freestyle here.

Sean Price’s “Show N’ Off” Freestyle receives a PARL

PARL…Kinda Great
PARLÉ… Classic

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