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Black August [Enhanced]

Killah PriestAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 8, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Artemis Classics
  • ASIN: B00008V5YP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,824 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro
2. Black August
3. Excalibur
4. When I'm Writing
5. Time
6. Robbery
7. Come With Me
8. Musifiction
9. Big World
10. Rain, The - (featuring Main Flow)
11. Deja Vu
12. Rush
13. Goodbye - (featuring Solstice)
14. Do You Want It - (bonus track)
15. Breathe - (remix, bonus track)

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About the Artist

Rap isn't all about rags to excessive riches anymore. Thanks to die-hard lyricists like Nas and Eminem, hip-hop has finally started to move out of the superficial thrill of material excess and more towards an elevated position of lyrical enlightenment. Although he never surrendered his poetic authenticity, Killah Priest couldn't have picked a better time to present his spiritually minded fourth album, Black August. In an effort to cleanse rap's tainted state, the Brooklyn rapper (born Walter Reed) has created a solid collection of beats, rhymes, and life that not only showcases his dedication to the art of MCing, but also introduces a fresh crop of producers whose rich soundscapes stand strong behind Killah Priest's dense scripture.

"I know Black August's going to inspire rappers to step up their game," assures the Wu-Tang affiliate of his most cohesive audio collection to date. "I think it's time for real artists to come out and put their heart back into it." Ever since Killah Priest was introduced to hip-hop heads in 1997 on the poignant track, "B.I.B.L.E." from his rhyme mentor GZA's legendary Liquid Swords, Priest has flexed his poetic license to fantastic results. He was also a key collaborator on the horror-core cult classic albums Six Feet Deep and The Pick, The Sickle, and The shovel by the Gravediggers which gave Priest the opportunity to form the holy-core collective Sons of Man.

But it was Killah Priest's run with the Wu-Tang Clan that gave him the proper studio training and worldwide exposure he needed to become a bona fide solo artist. In 1998, after touring the continental U.S. and Europe extensively with the Shaolin masters, Priest released his debut, Heavy Mental on Geffen Records to critical acclaim. He followed with two more solo offerings, 2000's View From Masada (MCA), and his independently released Priesthood (Proverbs) both of which were embraced by fans and critics alike.

Today, Killah Priest has his sights set on shaking up the rap game's current events. "I've been put in the dark so long this is my time to come out and brighten up the rap game," explains Priest. "Black August is a phenomenon, it's not a gimmick. It's my heart spilled out on paper." When it comes to lyrics, few can express the trials and tribulations of the daily grind like Priest can. On the innovative stylings of "When I'm Writing", Killah breaks down his personal form of psychotherapy into a series of mentally charged metaphors, "I write rhymes like I'm doing time/Listen, when I hit the pen I start doing a sentence/ I got the flow locked behind each bar." Later on the conceptually driven "Deja Vu", Priest flips a dramatic storyline of a criminal trapped in a horrific turn of events. And "Robbery" perfectly exemplifies Priest's metaphoric vision as he uses an everyday heist to represent his aim to claim what is rightfully his. Pushing past what's expected of him, "Rain" finds Priest on the come-up, spitting with a Midwestern influenced bounce track alongside Main Flow.

With an arsenal of solid tracks and candid lyrics, Killah Priest is in the best shape of his life. With his freshly inked deal with Recon/Artemis, Priest is determined to make serious moves. "It's about time I had the right promotion behind me. A real team of individuals, that's what this album is all about," declares Priest. "That's why I called it Black August. It's gonna be a terror to some, but to others, it'll be a nice day." With his steadfast devotion to enhancing hip-hop culture, Killah Priest is poised to break some new ground and give the game exactly what it's missing.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In a time of crises REAL Hip-Hop always shines July 10, 2003
Format:Audio CD
As real Hip-Hop fans would already know the past few years of material coming out has been really weak. Hip - Hop has become a rather commercial stint in an effort to reach out to the 'pop' community. Killah Priests 'Black August' along with GZA's latest 'legend of tha liquid swordz' is like a breath of fresh air into the ailing game. Moving away from the 'girls and ice' K Priest addresses more real issues on tracks like 'deja vu' and 'time'. The lyrical quality on tracks like these and Black August (both light and dark) leave you craving for more and realising why you love hip-hop so much. However what really improves from his first collab (Heavy Mental) are the beats. I gotta say this albulm has got some real phat beatz on tracks like 'Excalibur', 'Come wit me' and 'When I'm writing (supreme lyris may I add)'. Trust me you won't be dissapointed there some good producers coming thru. His masterful lyrics along with tha beatz make this albulm tha perfect compilation. Killah Priest continues to lash out at whack and commercial music which he highlights on 'Do tha Damn thing' continuing the trend from 'What part of tha game is that'. Killah Priest unlike other 'so-called' rappers (eminem) is certainily no hypocrite and is why every real hip-hop must have this albulm. I know many of you'll have lost faith in hip-hop however i plead you all not to give up and get Killah Priests 'Black August' tha light in this 'rap game'
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mad Props to Black August November 16, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Its like some true Hip-Hop fans have forgot that Priest is putting out sick solo licks every year for three years in a row. If there is a fine line between mainstream and underground Hip-Hop this latest release from the Priest is it. At times Black August sounds like the good ol' Wu-Tang beats and other times sounds like MTv Bait. That's been the feel of every Hip-Hop release in the past three years. Ending on a positive note the true ill' tracks really stand out in this release and is worth the buy. (the ill' tracks don't feel commercial.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Horsemen March 15, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Priest is so dope and sick its scary thow this cd may have more commercial appeal it is very sick i am not gonna say its the best because all of killah priest's cds are disturbingly ill buy its worth the purchase if your not a fan and want to become one i suggest Killah Priest-Priesthood or Heavy Mental
Favorite Track:Robbery
Guests:Elephant Man
10 of 10 lyrics 9 of 10 beats
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best album so far. Next to "Heavy Mental" September 25, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is the best album I have heard from Killah Priest. Killah Priest has always been a great lyricist ever since he began rapping with Wu-tang. I am sure that when you purchase this album,you will not be disappoited. Every song on this album has meaning and good to listen to. The production on this album is great. For people that haven't listen to Killah Priest before. Check out his first album "Heavy Mental" and the Sunz of Man album "The last shall be First". This album is what true hip-hop music is all about.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing at all October 11, 2003
By Lukk
Format:Audio CD
Main problem with this one is production. Beats are really weak,
totally boring. In 2003 when every fake a** mc have beats from Timbo, Neptunes etc it's sounds really archaic. Killah Priest changed he's lyrics dramatically. It's more about sex, but I got he's point (it's not worthless tracks like Baby). So, all in all, if you can purchase it at really attractive price get it, otherwise you can do without it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BEST SINCE HEAVY MENTAL July 9, 2003
By dibson
Format:Audio CD
killah priest proves again that he's one of the best writers out there and he also has some hot beats backin him up. "Do the damn thing" is a slammin track, "Robbery" is cool, and the Remix with elephant man is nice - hearin priest followed by elephant man is wild. i think this is priests best since Heavy Mental, and it's not worth missing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like storm clouds over the desert July 11, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This CD is beautiful and deep. Revolutionary without being preachy. The beats are sweet and ring in your head like a sweet melody. It's about the streets, about our hearts, and our souls. Where we been, where were going and how we're gunna get there. But it is also just plain fun, makes you wanna dance and sing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Album July 16, 2003
By rza
Format:Audio CD
This album is hot. I definitely recommend it. Killah Priest is on point and takes his rhymes back to the days of 'Heavy Mental.' It is really refreshing, as he says 'I'm back and feeling good too.' Every track is worth a listen.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good 4th solo album from Priest
Killah Priest is back after almost 2 years off (which was my least favorite of his four solo's - 3.5 stars "Priesthood"). Read more
Published on June 2, 2005 by G$
4.0 out of 5 stars moving up
I thought this CD was very good. The Brotha raps clearly which is rare. Your stuff does not have to be loud to be good. The lyrics are on point and Black August is the Baddest cut.
Published on October 13, 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars black august
this album was a big dissapointment compared to his first album
heavy mental he talks about women this women that which
is lame rap music is dead and it will never rise... Read more
Published on October 2, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Dedicated
Watching Killah Priest create is like watching someone breath, it is as natural to him as opening your eyes. I have watched him grow into the lyricist that exists today. Read more
Published on August 17, 2003 by 730
5.0 out of 5 stars best lyricist.... period
this is killah priest's most well rounded album to date. he has suffered slightly on his last releases from lack of quality production. Read more
Published on July 28, 2003 by mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Lyrically Gifted
Black August hass some cool beats, but the meat of the disk is in the flow of the Priest. Killah comes with all originally thought flows that drop off the mind plate with ease.
Published on July 16, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars It's like rain
Yo, listen to this album is like standing in the desert all day and finally gettin rain. It's like a storm that infects the brain. It's deep, check it out. Read more
Published on July 16, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars great
yo i heard the album and yo this is another Killah Priest many dope cuts on it...better cop this when it gets out...he a great MC.
Published on July 16, 2003
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