Sean Price
Monkey Barz


4.0
excellent

Review

by Joe Schmoh USER (73 Reviews)
February 14th, 2010 | 14 replies | 6,589 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


Monkey Barz is a wildly unpredictable record. Many expected the drunken sounds of mediocrity from one of the formerly least known Boot Camp Click members, but what Sean Price brought us was something else. Out of the triple threat releases that came from the Boot Camp, it oddly turned out that Sean Price’s album was easily the best. Instead of re-emerging in failure, Sean used his multi-syllabic, internal rhyme aggressiveness to make Monkey Barz truly worth the listener’s time.

Monkey Barz, unlike a lot of records, is completely dominated by the personality and ability of Sean Price. Sean Price’s gruff voice and seemingly half-awake delivery of multiple internal rhymes and alliteration draws the listener and gets them into what he’s saying. Despite what most rappers do, either creating wordy scenery that paints a picture, or just a string of punchlines almost like a bad joke, Sean Price mixes his techniques, with his words weaving in a way that sounds comfortable and creating hilarious punchlines (“Yo, let’s play freeze tag with ice picks/Night shift, selling white *** to White Chicks”). Sean Price’s style is that of an MC’s MC, meshing many lyrical styles into his own cocky jokiness. Sean is a gangster in a very old fashion sense, making reference to fist fighting, but is fully aware of his surroundings, making pop culture references in way of DOOM that goes over the listeners heads. Sean’s consistently knock-out lyricism is one of the reasons why Monkey Barz works, and why he’s one of my favorite rappers out there.

Sean Price rips Monkey Barz, but to be fair, the beats are mostly well-done. While Sean has had a history of inconsistent production, ranging from absolute excellence to all of Kimbo Price: The Sequel to Mic Tyson, most of Monkey Barz works with Sean’s diverse plate of lyrical brass knuckles and manages to still sound good. The backwards keyboard loop of “One Two Y’all”, the groovy soul of “Heartburn”, and the Arabic jam that is “Spliff N Wessun” make most of the albums highlights, but like Sean’s styles, there are many different productions that sound good. That’s also makes the problems for Monkey Barz though, as it makes it sound much less like an album, and more like an only slightly more consistent mixtape. That and the album’s duds, the Neptunes-ripping of “Fake Neptune” and the weak rock-ish rhythms of “Mad Mann”, interrupt the album’s already jarring and disjointed flow.

Despite that, Monkey Barrzis not at all lopsided. There are just as many songs on either side of the record, dropping as many good beats and rhymes throughout the entirety of the record. Sean Price’s career since this solo debut has been ridden with painful inconsistency from beats that just aren’t worthy of Sean’s presence, but this album mostly works because of the large difference and many working beats. As formulaic as this review is, it works considering the record. Monkey Barz is worthy of your ears, just so long you don’t get in Sean’s way.



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Bulldog
February 14th 2010



3796 Comments


hm, after Blood Money i should give this a spin through. good review.

hydeyomoney
February 14th 2010



934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol you're going to try to listen to Mobb Deep's Blood Money...

i feel so sorry for you

Bulldog
February 14th 2010



3796 Comments


Nope. Lord Infamous' Blood Money.

FistfulOfSteel
February 14th 2010



894 Comments


fallin in love with heltah skeltah lately, and in particular with Price. should i check this or jesus price first?

hydeyomoney
February 14th 2010



934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that's a toss-up

a lot of critics say Jesus Price just because it kinda works better as a whole piece, but the highlights off this are freaking EPIC and there are only two shit tracks. Either one would be great.

FistfulOfSteel
February 14th 2010



894 Comments


alright bro, thanks. great reviews as always too, love seeing hiphop on the main page

dopeneil1
February 15th 2010



39 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

just listened to this, surprisingly dope, shmick review

hydeyomoney
February 15th 2010



934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sean Price is mah nigga

HalfManHalfAmazing
November 4th 2010



565 Comments


SEAN P

HalfManHalfAmazing
November 16th 2010



565 Comments


"I love it when my bitch cook, come home
To a hot meal, it's not real, the bitch can't cook" LOL


Inveigh
July 8th 2011



24190 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah this is awesome

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Tupik
April 23rd 2013



667 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

SEAN P !

oltnabrick
September 20th 2013



29282 Comments


SEAN PEEEEE

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oltnabrick
September 20th 2013



29282 Comments


you other rappers are doodoo



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