Thursday May 25 at 502 Bar San Antonio starring Killah Priest – Heavy Mental 25th Anniversary Tour
featuring DJ Notion of musicNmind + special guests!
Ages 21+ Welcome, 8pm til 12am
Get Advance tickets at: HERE!
Killah Priest made his first appearances on such Wu-Tang side and solo projects as Gravediggaz’ 6 Feet Deep in 1994, Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s Return to the 36 Chambers, and Genius/GZA’s seminal Liquid Swords. His contributions to those releases — especially Liquid Swords’ “B.I.B.L.E. (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth),” essentially a Priest solo track — paved the way for the release of the MC’s acclaimed debut album, 1998’s Heavy Mental, and a lengthy and respected career in the hip-hop underground. In addition to his prolific solo work, he was an integral member of the groups Sunz of Man + the HRSMEN (aka the Four Horsemen)
While many rappers let go from a major-label either vanish or take years to resurface, Priest wasted no time and established his own imprint. July 2001’s Priesthood, involving no Wu-Tang input whatsoever, was produced by Luminati and Nirocist, and released on the MC’s Proverbs imprint. July 2003’s Black August, however, came out on Recon. Although he certainly wasn’t silent after this — Black Market Militia (featuring Tragedy Khadafi and Hell Razah), the HRSMN (featuring Ras Kass, Kurupt, and Canibus), and Sunz of Man were ongoing concerns — a few years passed before Priest’s next solo album. March 2007’s The Offering appeared on the Traffic-distributed Good Hands Records. His release schedule picked up considerably — Behind the Stained Glass, Black August Revisited, and Beautiful Minds, the latter a full-length collaboration with Chief Kamachi, were all released in 2008. The Exorcist, Elizabeth, and several mixtapes appeared in 2009. The 3 Day Theory, featuring guest appearances by several emcees including Cappadonna, Ill Bill, and the Last Emperor, was released by Man Bites Dog in 2010.
Following several delays, Killah Priest returned in 2013 with the ambitious double-CD The Psychic World of Walter Reed, a reunion of sorts with the Wu-Tang family, featuring guest rhymes and production by GZA, RZA, Inspectah Deck, and Ghostface Killah, as well as an appearance by George Clinton. The more sci-fi-themed Planet of the Gods appeared in 2015, and Priest formed the group Moon Crickets with Toronto-based rapper Lord Fury and DJ Mercilless. The Infinite Universe, with Vendetta Kingz, was released in 2016, and the mixtapes Don’t Sit on the Speakers, Vol. 1 (with 4th Disciple) and The Untold Story of Walter Reed, Pt. 2 appeared in 2017. A 2020 mixtape with frequent collaborator Jordan River Banks, Journey to the Planet of the Gods preceded one of Priest’s deepest, most abstract releases, Rocket to Nebula, an often-beatless record filled with reversed samples and ambient textures. A proper album with Banks, The Third Eye in Technicolor, closed out the year. The cinematic Lord Sun Heavy Mental 1.1 appeared in March of 2021 followed by Summer End Cafe, & Divine Intervention. In 2022 he released Mr. Universe, Horrah Scope & M.O.T.H.E.R. In May 2023 his new album will release “f.o.t.h.e.a” Forest of the happily ever after.