Sean Price: “Cornell West Is the Devil”


Editor’s note: In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.

Sean Price is Twitter rap royalty. The Brooklyn-based M.C. is followed by your favorite rappers and his own timeline sparkles with a bunch of endearingly uncouth jokes and barbs at other tweeters. So ahead of the October 30th release of his Mic Tyson album, here’s Sean P on smoking weed while watching Bob Ross, his favorite NYC burger spot, and the shady side of Cornell West.

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Why did you decide to freestyle over Action Bronson’s “Pouches Of Tuna”?
Action Bronson’s dope. That was like a salute to him. It’s like pouches of tuna? A pouch of tuna doesn’t sound right, it sounds disgusting. So what’s more disgusting than that? Swine on pineapples! But yeah, Action is dope. When I first heard the record I thought it was fuckin’ awesome.

Have you ever enjoyed eating swine on pineapples?
Of course. I haven’t ate pork since I was a child but I remember my mom making the ham with the pineapple on top. If you eat pork it’s like a traditional meal, like a traditional food at Christmas and Thanksgiving.

You also dined at Bare Burger recently.
I was there with my wife yesterday. She won’t experiment like me, so she had a regular burger, but I had the elk burger and I had the ostrich burger.

How was the ostrich burger?
It was fuckin’ great, yo!

How did it taste different to a normal burger?
I can’t describe it but it does and I like it. It was great. I just be liking to try shit. I was in Spain and I called home, told the wife I ate escargot. She was like, “What’s that?” I was like, “Snails.” She went, “Eew!.” I like to try shit. As long as it ain’t pork.

What’s the story behind PF Cuttin’ and the Beats By Dre headphones?
Oh, this fuckin’ guy, man, I give him Dre headphones and he fuckin’ put the cheapest batteries… Where you live at?

So you know Family Dollar?

This motherfucker buy the cheapest AAA batteries and put them in Dre headphones! I’m like, “Don’t do that, you’re disrespecting the headphones.” He’s a cheap fucker. That’s my boy nevertheless. He’s like, “They had 20 of them for like $5.” I was like, “Yeah, they worth that.” You only get one session done with a battery!

Did you ever consider asking for the headphones back?
Nah, I wouldn’t do that. I’m not an Indian giver.

I take it you’re a fan of Boardwalk Empire?
Yeah. I just like to see people get shot and do things illegally. Like if I see it on a TV show that kills as many people and curses like that, I’ll watch that too.

So who’s Sean Ross?
You know what? Me and Dru Ha and Noah and the rest of the team, we like to do these skits. We did the rap clinic, the tennis skit, so I just did two more. One of them is Bob Ross and the other is where I impersonated Nardwuar. I was Seanwuar.

What did you paint as Sean Ross?
Actually, I did something real nice! I can’t give it out yet, but I definitely did something!

Do you know of any other hip-hop artists who are good at painting?
You know, I don’t really know other hip-hop artists! Nobody in the Boot Camp Click paints though!

What inspired the Bob Ross skit?
I remember when I was little I watched Bob Ross and me and Rock used to live together and just smoke weed and watch Bob Ross. We’d smoke weed and watch Bob Ross until we fell asleep. It was great.

Is there a Nardwuar interview with Sean Price lined up?
Only Nardwuar would know. I’d be down for it though. He does great interviews.
What’s the most surprising or obscure thing you think Nardwuar would dig up from your past?
Hmmm, I don’t know. [Pauses] Probably a numbers sheet. Back in the days we played numbers, like the illegal lottery numbers in the street. So it would be surprising if he pulled one of those out.

You tweeted about Gorilla Coffee at one point.
Yes I did!

Why do you like Gorilla Coffee over other coffees?
Have you ever tried it?

It’s fuckin’ awesome! Ha ha, you know the answer you just want to get me to say it! That shit is like if you had a real rough night and feel like shit, that’s the coffee to go for. You can run a marathon on it.

If you had to endorse Gorilla Coffee, what would you say?
Gorilla Coffee – the closest thing you’ll ever get to rocket fuel! [Pauses] I don’t know if that was good.

Do you really believe that Cornel West is the devil and drinks the blood of cows?

Do you have any evidence of this?
No, I have none. That’s just my weirdo way of thinking.

Why do you think he’s the devil then?
I don’t know, man. It’s something about people who talk all that shit and all that “We need to do this and we need to do that…” I don’t trust nobody, I don’t believe nobody. I don’t think he’s intentionally poisoning us; he thinks he’s doing good but he’s a puppet like the rest of them.

Who’s the funniest person you follow on Twitter?
Eric Kelly, the boxer. Me, him and my man Vinnie Paz from Jedi Mind Tricks, we’re fuckin’ hilarious. And my man Hex Murda. We’ll be cracking jokes all day.

Do you ever delete anything you’ve tweeted?
Once I did – I deleted a bunch of them. I said something about somebody and it got to the point where I said one thing about the person and everyone who works with that person agreed with me and it was like 12 people crackin’ on one person. It got kinda out of hand. I was like, “Hold on, I might be fuckin’ up my money!” So I went back and erased ’em.