Artist: Killah Priest
Rating: 9 / 10
I approached Killah Priest new LP with a lot of scepticism. After Priest treated us to his brand of lyrics dropping jewels on both Gravediggaz LP’s, the 2nd and 3rd Gza LPs, both Sunz of Man albums, and his first and greatest solo Wu album ever “Heavy Mental” it went downhill.
Then comes “View from Masada” the second WU album that was stripped of the traditional “Wu” sound. The LP was the complete opposite of what Priest delivered on his first disc. Fruity beats, over used concepts and some down right awful verses. Could it be, MCA made KP sell out? Approximately 11 months later “Wu Chronicles 2” turns up with two new Priest tracks. Damn was that disappointing.
One month later I found Killah Priest CD was released in the first week of July. What the &*!#, “How’d he come out with no promotion?”I say to myself. It’s quickly ordered and in my hands 4 days later as no place in Brooklyn had it for sale. The first thing is I notice is that Killah Priest is on Proverbs Music now. There are no Wu members featured again on this 16 cut disc. Killah Priest is back people. The science, the teachings of the ancients, and insights to his life growing up is conveyed throughout “Priesthood”. Examples of Priest return are shown brilliantly on the track ‘Royal Priesthood’. Priest speaks these lines –
“A black mist covers the moon from a lunar eclipse
a passage leads to the tombs of the dead from Egypt
candles are light and the keys of the piano are hit
there are the phantoms as mummy’s stand at the cliff
Aztec Indians study my sand script puffing peace pipes
Priest get deeps when he write/ Bars are mystic
written like hieroglyphics, I made it hard for critics to follow my lyrics.”
The menacing rapid strokes of an electronic keyboard declare that KP is back.
‘Where Do Pharaohs Go’ meanwhile drops the same standard of lyrical gems as those found on “Heavy Mental”…
“Here I am walking on the sand
talking to a man in language that neither he or I can’t understand
it felt painless, though I’m anxious to ask him what his name is
his clothes look ancient and face was ageless
and his hands were sacred as we traveled from distant places
I was an atheist till i was greeted by the warm embraces of the local natives
now I’m in the middle of an oasis singing praises to a spaceship. “
Killah Priest’s Macebees posse build an appetite for their hot debut album “Macabeon Revolt” by providing a scorcher appearance on ‘Thug Revelations AKA Daddy Rose Cartel’. Killah Priest drops a verse that reminds me of Tragedy Khadafi –
“Eli Eli the mah
subah the nah
salahi salahi aki
yo black posse, clap guns at anarchy
white man in van watch me
video cam is in the lobby
we change skin tones like chameleons so they can’t spot me
running out the buildings cops shot me
i played dead on the ground like you cowards got me.”
There’s even a Ghost Face / Raekwon style song called ‘C U When I Get There’, which gives tribute to all the fallen soldiers. The Horsemen collab track ‘Horsemen Talk’ where Ras Kass returns to the Ras of old. My only complaint is the track ‘The One’ featuring George Clinton runs perhaps a little too long. Killah Priest is back, I gladly await his fourth epic “Emperus Music” and Maccabeez “Maccabean Revolt”.