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Artist: Killah Priest
Album: Heavy Mental
Label: Geffen
Production: True Master, Y-Kim, 4th Disciple, John the Baptist, The Arabian Knight
Stats: 1998; 20 Tracks @ 74mins:08secs
Reviewed by: Eitan Prince

"Religion's like a prison for the seekers of wisdom". For real? Killah Priest drops science and religious references over stark, underproduced backing tracks. Do not expect R&B loops or jeep beats, instead Priest brings us strict intellect over stripped down, almost hypnotic beats.

Wu-heads will no doubt be peeping the chaotic sounds of "Cross My Heart" which features Inspectah Deck and the Genius, but this is no Wu album, except for the fact that it does not conform to most of the stuff put out in the mainstream. It's for this reason that Killah Priest gets props. You're not going to hear KP talking about gats, blunts and blatant disrespect of women that we've become so used to in most rap music. Instead we are taken on a religious journey of discovery.

Ultimately this is not an easy listening album, as it probably was never intended to be. However, this does mean that you can't just leave it playing in the background as it constantly demands your attention. Expect to listen to this one at least five times before you really "get it".

STANDOUT TRACKS: Mystic City, Cross My Heart, B.I.B.L.E., If You Don't Know, From Then Til Now.

RECOMMENDED? Willing to try something new? Yes. Looking for a party jam? No. [8.5/10]

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