Killah Priest (born Walter Reed) is best known as being an affiliate of the Wu-Tang Clan, part of several supergroups (the HRSMN, Sunz of Man, and Black Market Militia), and for weaving themes of spirituality and politics into his lyricism. The Brooklyn born emcee first appeared on the 1994 Gravediggaz album 6 Feet Deep, rapping on the tracks, “Diary of a Madman” and “Graveyard Chamber.” Following this release, Killah Priest made two appearances on two Wu-Tang Clan members’ solo albums in 1995, Ol’ Dirty Bastard‘s Return to the 36 Chambers and GZA’s Liquid Swords, respectively.
He then released his first solo album, Heavy Mental via Geffen Records in 1998, with the label signing him by way of taking the sound advice of GZA himself. Killah Priest then went on to release his second solo effort in 2000, View from Masada, solidifying his reputation as one of the most intriguing artists originating within the extensive family of the Wu-Tang Clan. Although the album was fairly well-received by critics, it suffered commercially, resulting in Priest being dropped by Geffen and inspiring him to start his own imprint Proverbs Music. With over a dozen projects to his name, Killah Priest recently released the follow-up to 2009’s The Untold Story of Walter Reed in February 2017 with a Part 2. With over two decades in The Game, Killah Priest’s repertoire also includes several film cameos and a plethora of guest features, plus an incessant hunger to continue raising the bar as a socially conscious artist.