The Hennessy was flowing. Several times a Decepticons! chant rose up. The overall vibe was festive, tinged with sadness. The big man, Sean Price, had passed away just a day earlier and his family was there. His music bumped from a portable Beats stereo all day. Brooklyn hip-hop stalwarts turned out, as did fans, and curious locals. The location of the mural, Kingston Ave. and Bergen St. in Crown Heights, was the closest that the artist Meres One could secure to Price’s home neighborhood, Brownsville. Several people were overheard saying, “this is beautiful.”
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The “P!” logo is inspired by Price’s signature call-out during his verses.
Steele of Smif-n-Wessun
FruKwan (Gravediggaz / Stetsasonic) on the left
the artist Meres One
on the right, TTK
photographer Yvette Lee Kang
Members of the Price family including widow Bernadette Price (seated on street), and brother (in yellow)
Mic Handz on the right
Unicron and Bernadette Price making the Deceps sign
Tek (Smif-n-Wessun) and Dungeon Masta
Unicron, with local woman
Kim’s husband SL, a friend of Sean Price since junior-high, passed 6 weeks ago — “Last time I saw Sean was at my husband’s funeral.”
The woman in the head scarf told me that while it was OK to put the Decepticons logo up, “that was part of his life,” she said, “but that’s not all of who he was. Sean believed in Allah.” She was glad to see something related to his faith on the wall as well.
Steele, halfway through collecting for another bottle, hugs a friend.
Meres One eventually covered his name and added the dates of Sean Price’s life.