#11 Album Of The Year: Killah Priest- The Psychic World of Walter Reed

Posted: December 28, 2013 by ericbernsen in Album Reviews, Music
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Before Childish Gambino’s Because the Internet album impressed me at the last moment, Killah Priest’s magnum opus of a double album titled The Psychic World of Walter Reed had a spot in my top 10 albums of 2013. This would certainly take most people by surprise, but the fact KP released such an extensive body of work in this stage of his career was as mind blowing as some of the lyrical darts the Wu Tang affiliate hits the listener with.

Dating back to 1998 with his critically acclaimed album Heavy Mental, Killah Priest has been consistent in his rapping style with historical and religiously influenced lyrics that force you to listen closely line by line. So if you have the patience to absorb the complex subject matter in a project that is about a two-hour listen, it is pretty much a guarantee you will learn something or at least be inspired to do some research.

The production on both discs has New York street style influence while also having an outer space and transcendent feel to it; exactly matching the atmosphere Killah Priest creates in his story-driven lyricism. KP’s Wu Tang brothers have a strong presence on the album as strong features from RZA, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, and Raekwon give the project some validity for the less-informed Wu Tang fans.

The Psychic World of Walter Reed is the type of album that adheres to the underground hip-hop listeners who constantly plead for rap that is not watered down by mainstream songs with mindless hooks and empty lyrics. And to be honest, if you are not a Wu Tang diehard fan, this may be a tiring listening experience that you abandon within the first 7/8 songs. But there are 41 tracks on here and I would say at least 30 of them are solid tracks. There is no denying that percentage and it is clear Killah Priest was in a special zone in the studio as songs like New Reality, Ein Sof (Paradise), and Visionz are spiritual adventures within themselves. The main producers Jordan River Banks, St. Peter, and Kalisto deserve a ton of credit for creating a sound that was engaging throughout the long listen. Overall, if you are a fan of hardcore prophetic raps that deliver worldly messages over Wu Tang style beats, The Psychic World of Walter Reed experience will be a rewarding one for you.

Listen to the project below and let us know what you think!

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