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Heavy Mental Explicit Lyrics

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 10, 1998)
  • Parental Advisory ed. edition
  • Original Release Date: March 10, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: INgrooves Fontana/Geffen
  • ASIN: B000005ZKZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,588 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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.
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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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