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Killah Priest

Killah Priest made his first appearances on such Wu-Tang side and solo projects as Gravediggaz' 6 Feet Deep, Ol' Dirty B**tard's Return to the 36 Chambers, and Genius/GZA's seminal Liquid Swords. His contributions to those releases -- especially Liquid Swords' "B.I.B.L.E. (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)," essentially a Priest solo track -- paved the way for the release of the MC's acclaimed debut album, 1998's Heavy Mental, and a lengthy and respected career in the hip-hop underground. In addition to his prolific solo work, he was an integral member of the groups Sunz of Man, the HRSMEN (aka the Four Horsemen), and Black Market Militia.

Born in Brooklyn and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Brownsville, Killah Priest (born Walter Reed) became infatuated with hip-hop as a child, listening to old school and new school acts alike. He also was influenced by local figures Genius and Onyx's DJ Suave, who would often play local parties. Killah Priest began working on his rhyming and eventually earned a considerable reputation in his neighborhood, but instead of furthering his musical career, he took a sabbatical to educate himself, primarily about religion and history. The sabbatical had a major impact on his songwriting.

Priest made his return to rap in 1995, appearing on several Wu-Tang projects. All of his cameos were noteworthy, but his role on Liquid Swords earned special attention. By the end of 1996, his own side project, Sunz of Man, was off the ground. In 1997, GZA suggested to Geffen that they should sign Priest, and the label took his advice. Priest worked on his debut solo album with True Master and 4th Disciple, two producers who were also associated with Wu-Tang. The resulting album, Heavy Mental, was dense with religious imagery and filled with evocative sounds. It received excellent reviews upon its March 1998 release and was a respectable commercial success, debuting at number 24 on the Billboard 200. Priest issued his second album, View from Masada, in May 2000, further bolstering his status as one of the most compelling solo artists in the extended Wu-Tang family (even though, at the time, he was disconnected from the crew). Although View from Masada was well-received, it failed to do well commercially, and he was dropped from his label.

While many rappers dropped form a major label either vanish or take years to resurface, Priest wasted no time and established his own label. July 2001's Priesthood, involving no Wu-Tang input whatsoever, was produced by Luminati and Nirocist and released on the MC's Proverbs imprint. July 2003's Black August, however, came out on Recon. Although he certainly wasn't silent after this -- Black Market Militia (featuring Tragedy Khadafi and Hell Razah), the Horsemen (featuring Ras Kass, Kurupt, and Canibus), and Sunz of Man were ongoing concerns -- a few years passed before Priest's next solo album, March 2007's The Offering. He then switched to the Traffic label, where his release schedule picked up a bit. Behind the Stained Glass and Beautiful Minds, the latter a full-length collaboration with Chief Kamachi, were both released in 2008. Elizabeth and The 3 Day Theory (a Man Bites Dog release), two of his deepest and most idiosyncratic releases, were issued, respectively, in 2009 and 2010. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Andy Kellman, Rovi
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B.I.B.L.E
Peace God!!! Peace On to you and Yours.. ONE!! "Faze Born"
Heavy Mental. Doing God is Being God. I 12 this album.
THIS AND B/I/B/L/E IS THE BEST EVER
Smashed the s**t out of dialeted to this beat!!1 KILLAH PRIEST REALL LYRICS
Don't sleep on him
He is the beat mc out there
Shalom ,KP been a disciple of your knowledge ,and B.I.B.L.E iz what we need too ...we need more like you! ....shalom!
If I would compare him I would compare him to masta ace
This is whats it's all about food for thought and I'm hungry!!! One love KP!!!
This is Gza an killahp
This album is like a movie...quit e possibly the best hop hop album of all time...I saw lots and learned even more while listening
Heavy mental iz a hip hop classic. Wu till i die
Master builder..... m y s t i c music.....sh a l o m e god
Killah is a top notch god with his music.
Peace!
santiago3187
I bought Priest's first album Heavy Mental in 1998 and I still love it. It never gets old. KP actually left Wu and Sunz for a long while before coming back to work with them.
The mix of hip hop and mysticism has never really been done more sincerely than Killah Priest. I only wish to have seen him supported more by the Wu fans. I thank him immensely for his contribution s to the value of my life.
I have spent countless hours listening to Heavy Mental contemplatin g life, truth, and the universe through his spectrum of knowledge.
faldorsey
peace god!do ur thing son
KP wud rip any MC to shreds without using any commercial gimmicks. Best work . . . It's over, and Heavy Mental.
NICE ....ONE MIC HMMMMMMMM
Killah P is the best MC alive!
alextorres77 8 0
killah priest is very talented,ver y sharp verbals
B.I.B.L.E. is one of the greatest songs of all time.
SD says Wu Forever
I AM back 2 let you hear........ . . . . . . . . . . . .
allanskeen
killah priest is the illwst that ever live dudes f**k wild
STILL LISTENIN'? HAaaaaHAaaa. U BETTER!
LISTEN!! You DEAD HEADS....... . . . . . . . . . . . . . WU SEEDS 4 EVA!! YOU 666s will neva C nor HEAR........ . . . . NATURAL GAME.
Good to see some substance in hip hop
Killah is top notch! WORD BOND!!!
Word God. We se yo down here kid, Keep reppin the uknown 2 deez dead heads G.O.D.. TEXAS! PUNKS!! We se U. 1.
Killah Priest is a Black Hebrew Israelite. If you're into his lyrics and music and want more info about the knowledge he spits, then check out websites like RiseIsrael.c o m , Israelunite. o r g , or Losttribes.i n f o .

Peace, Love, & Blessings!
Yashar
This bio is kind of off. I have every Killah Priest album and the author of the bio missed an album he dropped in between View from Masada and Black August. The album he missed was Priesthood, which in my opinion is his best album (next to Heavy Mental)!

For those who don't know, he dropped Behind the Stained Glass this year. He also dropped an album with some other mc's calling themselves The Almighty.

Yashar
Supreme lyrics,peep it. nuff said. WU HEADS STAND & keep standin, f**k those dead heads out there, HAAAh!
every MC should have to go to K.P. & prove themselves before putting out all their R & B (rappin bullsh!t).
wu the s**t you gotta know bout the area, if you lived near the bridges you know bout it
Killah has content where others do not

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