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Quick Minute with Killah Priest [Interview]

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Victoria, B.C.Killah Priest looks, sounds and comes across as a pretty tough guy, but if you can wade through the intensely apocalyptic imagery in his lyrics, you find a guy who’s pretty laid back and who loves Drake, football and food. HipHopCanada caught up with the Priest in Victoria, and had a quick minute of questions for him.

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HipHopCanada: Great to see you here in Canada, how you feelin?

Killah Priest: I’m good, I’m good, I’m just having a good time, enjoying the festivities.

HipHopCanada: Favorite stop on the Canadian tour?

Killah Priest: Damn, I had some pretty good fun in Ottawa. The food was real good. I like to eat, so…

HipHopCanada: Favorite food?

Killah Priest: Chicken and rice, can’t go wrong. I like fish too. I like a little chocolate here and there too.

HipHopCanada: What else do you like?

Killah Priest: I like to watch football, play football…

HipHopCanada: You like knocking people down or what?

Killah Priest: Yeah what’s this type of interview? [laughs] Yeah I knock people down, I like to knock stuff down.

HipHopCanada: Your lyrics are pretty apocalyptic at times, what’s going on inside you that gives you those visions?

Killah Priest: I don’t know. If I knew I’d tell you, you wouldn’t even have to do an interview I’d just be talking. A lot of stuff going on inside.

HipHopCanada: So is the world gonna end soon?

Killah Priest: The world is ending. I don’t think the whole Earth gonna end.  I can’t tell you what’s gonna happen, I just know that everything changes.

HipHopCanada: So should I build a house in the mountains, get a shotgun and store up food or what?

Killah Priest: You could if you wanted, but what you need that shotgun for? I just think that things change and you know what to do when the time comes.

HipHopCanada: Well what makes you happy?

Killah Priest: My kids. I have three. And just life in general, the trees, the animals, stuff like that.

HipHopCanada: What’s the most important message you could give your kids?

Killah Priest: Drugs…It’s not good. Stay away from drugs, keep a straight head and just push through.

HipHopCanada: What’s the most memorable moment of your life?

Killah Priest: This scar right here [indicates wrist]. I got chopped when I was little, by a sword. A samurai sword. I’ll always remember that, that meant a lot.

HipHopCanada: What’s your jam these days?

Killah Priest: I like Drake right now. I’m listening to his album, I think that he’s very talented and he’s the future. I like that he sings and he raps very well.

HipHopCanada: You don’t find him too sensitive?

Killah Priest: I think that Michael Jackson was sensitive too, it’s a part of life – everybody’s not tough. I don’t get too in touch with his sensitive side but I can feel what he’s saying cause sometimes I feel like chillin out, love, things like that. I like it.

HipHopCanada: New album coming out, right?

Killah Priest: The Psychic World of Walter Reed is coming out, it’s gonna be a phenomenal classic album.  The concept of the album is me taking it back to when I first started, to the name my mother gave me, my government name. And the psychic world is just things that I’ve seen. Its not saying that I’m psychic, it’s just the whole world that revolves around, stretches the imagination. It’s like an acid trip.

Interview conducted by Amalia Judith for HipHopCanada
Photo by KassKills for HipHopCanada

 

 

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Amalia Judith was born in Winnipeg, MB and quickly whisked away to a childhood of travel throughout California, England, Germany and predominantly Pakistan. In 2006 she completed an honor's degree in English Literature, which left her quite jobless and alone in East Van. Amalia cut her teeth at abortmag.com, Canada's darkest counter-culture magazine, moving on to contribute words and flicks to HipHopCanada: she's currently a member of HipHopCanada's West Coast team and has had the privilege to interview hip-hop icons like Lil' Kim, Pusha T, Big Boi, Three Six Mafia, Yelawolf, Pharrell Williams and most of Wu-Tang. Amalia also works as a Key Worker educator and advocate for families affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, as well as heading up Team Heartbreak, a media production company that pairs community involvement and artistic movements.

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