Saturday, November 22, 2008

Saturday Spin: Killah Priest & Chief Kamachi "Beautiful Minds"

I tried grabbing something random off the shelf for this week's Saturday Spin edition, but it was a bunch of non sense by some group called Fresh Kills? If anyone knows anything let me know, but I was unimpressed. So instead I present to you that which I can get down with...



Killah Priest has long been a silent force within the extended Wu Tang family. Chief Kamachi has steadily been building up his rep as one of the key members of Philly’s Army of Pharaohs. The two joining together for a record is an underground heads wet dream, and in a true demonstration of sheer talent the two don’t disappoint.

Killah Priest & Chief Kamachi “Beautiful Minds”


If you are familiar with either of these two’s previous work you know the depth to which they take their lyrics and Beautiful Minds is exactly what you expect. Filled with discussions of faith and religion, conspiracy theories, and stories from the ghetto that play like a Scorsese flick yet to be made the album will keep you engaged from beginning to end.

Coming from the originators of the grimy and the closest crew doing anything similar today we are treated to a great example of what Hip Hop can still be. C Sik laces a static driven track with hard drums and Rhettmatic comes correct with the cuts during the hook. Priest, Kamachi and Planet Asia spit hard getting in with the beat riding it only like “The Illest” can.

Killah Priest & Chief Kamachi “Most High”


Aside from this 16 from Asia, Priest and Kamachi hold it down for themselves and you would be crazy to complain. Both being deeply spiritual men, they take time out to dedicate a song to both the “Most High” but utilize the opportunity to at the same time question society’s blind devotion to this greater being. The beat, courtesy of Tekneek, is filled with a great piano loop and the perfect high hat splash to give the track the extra lift of bombast needed for the topic.

Dev Rocka lays down the one interlude next, flowing right out of “Most High,” “Time Out Revisited” is a smooth break for a moment before they come right back at it on “Don’t Waste Your Lungs.” Attacking the mic outright Kamachi’s energy is at a constant peak throughout the album keeping you constantly engaged. At the same time Priest find’s his niche next to his partner’s loud, commanding voice by flowing nimbly over the assortment of beats found across the twelve tracks.

Killah Priest & Chief Kamachi “Reflections”


The capabilities of these two emcees should never be called into question and this album will give you little call to do so. But beyond their skill behind the mic this pairing shows what old and young can accomplish. While the music continues to be changed and driven by the youth it’s refreshing to see and hear the two generations still able to stand together as equals and deliver great music. From the selection of beats to the content they chose to speak about and the way they deliver it to your ear, Killah Priest and Chief Kamachi prove they are in possession of Beautiful Minds.

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