On this date in 1972, Sean Price, the honorary Boot Camp general, was born in Brooklyn, New York and went on to become one of NYC’s most prolific MCs to date.

Tragically, Price, who is known affectionately to his fans as “Ruck” of Heltah Skeltah, died in his sleep on August 8, 2015, at the age of 43. Even though he is no longer here in the physical form, Ruck continues to live on through his family and his music, with another posthumous album, Imperius Rex courtesy of the Boot Camp Clik and the Duck Down family.

During the 2000s, Price made a name for himself as a heavyweight in the underground Hip Hop community. His first solo album, Monkey Barz, was released in 2005 and received critical acclaim, peaking at #70 on the Billboard Hip Hop chart. To this day, the album is held in ridiculously high esteem among commercial and independent artists and after that he went on to release two more albums, Jesus Price Supastar and Mic Tyson, both of which made debuts on the Billboard 200 chart.

Sean Price passed away in his sleep on August 8, 2015, and the details surrounding the death are still unknown.

In honor of his born day, here are a couple of his most popular videos to help educate those who aren’t aware of his greatness.

Sean Price – Bar-Barian

Sean Price – Figure More ft Illa Ghee