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Heavy Mental

Killah PriestAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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listen  4. From Then Till Now (Album Version (Explicit))Killah Priest 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Cross My Heart (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Inspectah Deck]GZA/Genius 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Fake MC's (Album Version (Explicit))Killah Priest 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. It's Over (Album Version (Explicit))Killah Priest 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Crusaids (Album Version (Explicit))Killah Priest0:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Tai Chi (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Hell Razah, 60 Second Assassin, Father Lord: R.I.P.]Killah Priest 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Heavy Mental (Album Version (Explicit))Killah Priest 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. If You Don't Know (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Ol' Dirty Bastard]Killah Priest 5:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Atoms To Adam (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Shangai The Messenger]Killah Priest 5:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. High Explosives (Album Version (Explicit))Killah Priest 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Wisdom (Album Version (Explicit))Killah Priest 2:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. B.I.B.L.E. (Album Version (Explicit))Killah Priest 4:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Mystic City (Album Version (Explicit))Killah Priest 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Information (Album Version (Explicit))Killah Priest 4:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Science Project (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Hell Razah]Killah Priest 4:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Almost There (Album Version (Explicit))Killah Priest 3:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 10, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: March 10, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fontana Geffen
  • ASIN: B000005ZKZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,074 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Killah Priest's debut solo album won't make you forget the ... conceptual vision, but his nurtured and understated deliveries are a welcome change from the clamorous ballyhooing that surrounds hip-hop every day.... [He] does hit on the occasional nugget of intelligentsia, but his pseudo-scientific lyricism sounds too much like he's trying to impress the teacher. Still, if ... this doesn't quench your thirst, you should go seek professional help. -- URB

[W]ith a powerful, slow-stepping near-concept album ... [featuring] lugubrious pace, sophisticated loops of orchestral, cinematic bent, and a load of guff on top ... Killah Priest exhibits a subtle, eerie finesse of his own. -- What the Critics Say

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gets you amped... to go to the library April 12, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Killah Priest obviously did "study till my eyes were swollen," and he's got a passion for the supernatural as expressed by the Jews. He transforms New York into Judah the way the rest of the Wu made staten island Shaolin. He is incredibly knowledgeable "The white image of christ is really caesar bongarie, and a the second son of pope alexander." He's got a vision for purity of people, but he is still nasty. His name is perfect. The title track is the epitome of his overload of imagery, scriptural references, and vision. I thought the production was excellent even if rza didn't touch it. 4th disciple and true master and the rest put together some incredible music that goes with Kllah priests rhymes. And Killah Priest drops more knowledge than I've ever heard from a rapper. He's got a longing for something in his voice, a depressed kind of exiled voice (like the Israel nation he compares his experience to). He's also got that yelling thing, like on Cross My Heart, and I like that too. "See me outside your show browsing, beating up your soundman!" I reccomend this album, but like others say, its different, more contemplative, something you listen to in a walkman because it does demand more attention if youre going to get the most of it. Not by any means a party album, though Cross My Heart is as good and amped up as most any Wu song I've heard.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Killah U Should Be makin millions not 50 cent and chingy February 25, 2004
Format:Audio CD
when i listen to killah priest and pharoahe monch and then i turn on BET and i hear chingy one call away it almost makes me wanna cry! if killah priest had 30 seconds to spit and chingy had 30 minutes to spit i wonder would win? killah priest raps about stuff that mattes in the life and how it's like in brooklyn while chingy is saying ur one call away i would knock chingy so hard if i ever saw him gosh go get this compact disc right now or at least check out b.i.b.l.e.
10 of 10 lyrics 10 of 10 beats
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mentally Dead have awaken! July 21, 1999
By KAH
Format:Audio CD
For those who put comments complaining about my man Priest's beats, you are not getting the point. Why would he need to have extravagant beats from the RZA? That would take away from his message. The beats are simple because his rhymes are complex. Killah Priest has arrived to trample those "Fake Mc's", and let them know that "It's Over" and let them know they should read "The BIBLE" and get "Information" about what's going on. I don't have a complaint about my Priest's album. If I could have, I would have given the album 20 stars. This is lyrical perfection. Heavy Mental indeed!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Material November 6, 2003
By Joe
Format:Audio CD
This is a truly classic album. For those of you tired of todays pop rappers, check this album out. For all the true hip hop heads that love lyrics: your prayers have been answered. Priest really does his research and it shows. Don't miss track 15, B.I.B.L.E., one of the illest songs ever. Peace.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Your ARMS too short to BOX with GOD..." December 19, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Killah Priest is among hip hop's most unique characters, and his 1998 debut "Heavy Mental" might be the best showcase of his one-of-a-kind talent. Here, he was marketed as yet another extended Wu-Tang offshoot, yet proved to be an entity entirely his own with an ingenious LP. Anyone wowed by his infamous "B.I.B.L.E.," originally included on GZA's Liquid Swords and still one of rap's most jaw-dropping songs after fifteen years, will love this further insight into his complex thoughts.

Priest has long been a favorite of mine, a captivating performer and inspiring songwriter. A righteous and philosophical thinker, he incorporates sacred scripture and ancient history into his multi-faceted verses, and his gruff, commanding delivery results in an epic sound enhanced by his strong vocabulary. "Heavy Mental" also includes tracks which explore government conspiracy, outer space, and science for a diverse and stimulating listen. His references and metaphors are impressive, as is his method of adapting multiple perspectives for his tales. Musically, the Wu blueprint is evident with production handled by True Master, Y-Kim the Illfigure, and 4th Disciple, but it is cleverly manipulated to Priest's specifications. For instance, instead of sound bytes from kung-fu movies, Priest incorporates samples from such religious films as "The Ten Commandments."

The album is too long, and there are filler tracks where too-sparse production and monotonous flows beget forgettable results. Priest is an entertainer and a rapper, sometimes bordering on pseudo-intelligence for the sake of artistry. However, Priest provides enough genuinely interesting material to make this album a winner worthy of his huge potential.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Suns Of Man/Wu-Tang's extended family member Killah Priest might be one of the most diverse lyricists that people may ever hear. His lyrics expand from storytelling, to project life, to religion. Especially on the latter, as one may believe that he has actually studied the Bible all throughout his life, before recording his album. Almost every verse has a good concept behind it, as to get listeners to learn, as well as expand their knowledge basis. After making an impact on "Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth" on The Genius' Liquid Swords, expect his whole album to have similar content throughout.

The songs that are great standouts are the fierce "Cross My Heart" with Inspetah Deck and The Genius. Followed is the deep "Fake MC's". My favorite track here is "Tai Chi" with Hell Razah, 60 Second Assassin, and Father Lord. The track has an deep (and somewhat disturbing sounding) piano loop that works very well. Following that track is the spoken word "Heavy Mental", where Killah Priest goes for over four minutes. Things keep going on with the deep sounding "If You Don't Know" with ODB. Another favorite of mine is "Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth", as it's no different from the version that appeared on The Genius' album. Towards the end is the story telling "Science Project". Priest kicks more knowledge on "Almost There". And the album closes off with a solid "The Professional".

Killah Priest's debut is full of deeply thought lyrics, and dark sounding production. This album may end up growing on some people, as it did on myself. When it does, it will be enjoyed by fans of the Wu, Suns Of Man, IV Horsemen, and other Killah Priest related fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good beats for the Dj tip....
These beats are usable in sets even today....good stuff...Not my go to breaks but for some breaks now and then these are good.
Published 8 months ago by DJ Atomic
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic and a Masterpiece
This is one of those unfortunately overlooked gems from the 1990's. KP has been a beast for years but until he released Psychic World of Walter Reed, Heavy Mental was his best... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Soob Naibot
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC !!!
One of the top 10 hip hop albums of all time. Also one of the most underrated albums ever.
Published on December 17, 2009 by M. Clifford
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good solo debut
Of the 6 solo albums of Killah Priest's that I own, this is probably his 2nd best (close with "View From Masada") and behind his great classic "Priest Offerings". Read more
Published on May 1, 2009 by G$
5.0 out of 5 stars Conscious Underground Hip Hop Classic
I cannot think for the life of me why some people would review this Dominant Album saying that!"The Beats wasnt up to par",or "It was boring",or"He is not this, or "not that",or... Read more
Published on January 28, 2009 by OATHOFSECRECY
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for its time
Was put together in '98 - so we're looking at a 10 year old album here. The "Priest" is a gun on the lyrics, rattling them off and for that alone is worth the buy.
Published on February 28, 2008 by opening credits
5.0 out of 5 stars Killah Priest takes us to hip-hop church to discover his classic Heavy...
With the re-emergence of party-oriented hip-hop tracks in the late '90s, lyrically talented mc's began to get phased out and could sometimes be considered obsolete if not promoted... Read more
Published on July 12, 2007 by Knowledge
4.0 out of 5 stars Killah Priest's Debut = The best Wu-Tang album by a non-member.
Heavy Mental was the debut album from Killah Priest. He first emerged with the single, B.I.B.L.E. (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth), which was included as the final track... Read more
Published on March 8, 2007 by The Magical Negro
4.0 out of 5 stars If you bought 50's disc(s) don't buy this.
This album is one of my favorites. It's got what I look for in quality beats that match up with more than quality rhymes. Read more
Published on July 23, 2006 by Ryan J. Barber
5.0 out of 5 stars Killah Priest - Heavy Mental
Alright, yea I can agree with ALL you people who say that this album can GET boring and it moves TOO slow and sh**. But hey, Killah Priest can SPIT! Read more
Published on April 9, 2006 by Wu-Tang_Assassin
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