Killah Priest - The 3 Day Theory

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But we'll all be damned if Priest can't write the hell out of a Rap verse. For the most part, every rhyme serves a purpose, and the stories are, if nothing else, rarely boring.

Hip Hop in 2010 is not the right place for Killah Priest. Not for the former Sunz of Man frontman with the profound, religion-inspired verses, the deep voice and the nondescript flow. Not in a climate dominated by Drake’s good-guy persona, Lil Wayne’s over-the-top charisma, and Rick Ross’ life of luxury. Maybe it was when he was prominently featured on GZA’s legendary Liquid Swords, in 1995. But not in 2010.


Not that the Wu-Tang Clan affiliate seems to mind. Back with his eighth solo album, The 3 Day Theory, the Brooklyn native delivers to die-hards exactly what they’re used to: raw lyricism and potent storytelling over dark, ominous production, leaving little room for either suspense or surprise this time around.

Beat selection tends to make or break Priest’s music; the right ones highlight his masterful narration, while the wrong ones drown him, his spiritual subject matter, and his layered punch lines right out of the equation. His previous solo material has included assistance from the likes of Just Blaze, Sam Sneed, and a variety of Wu-Tang associates, but the sound on 3DT – mostly consisting of sinister strings and piano keys alike – was crafted entirely by Virginia-based beatmaker Kount Fif (composer of “Gun For Gun” , the Nas-assisted cut off Priest’s 2007 effort The Offering). And, though the front-to-back cohesion is great, Kount Fif is far from a super-producer, so a few duds are to be expected. The beats on the latter half of the album tail from suitable to downright uninspired, as unfortunate production turns the LP into a difficult, cumbersome listen.

But we’ll all be damned if Priest can’t write the hell out of a Rap verse. For the most part, every rhyme serves a purpose, and the stories are, if nothing else, rarely boring. He puts together an interesting account of his past on “Priest History,” holds his own alongside label-mates and punchline enforcers Copywrite and Jakki da Motomouth on “Fire Reign” , and watches himself fall victim to a car wreck in “Outer Body Experience.” On the majority of the songs, he doesn’t even bother writing hooks, understandable after the realization that the choruses that are present on the album barely add a thing in the ways of content, importance, or catchiness. The guests, meanwhile, range from effective, such as the aforementioned “Fire Reign” verbal jabbers, to unnecessary, as the host could’ve certainly handled the eerie, devil-inspired “Psalm of Satan” on his own.

It’s hard to imagine an emcee like Killah Priest gaining a slew of new fanfare nowadays, and The 3 Day Theory isn’t the kind of opus that’ll prove such a statement incorrect. Regardless, the select few still searching for Hip Hop doused in social commentary and coated with religious under-and-overtones will have plenty to feed on here, acknowledgement from the masses or not.

56 Comments

  • Anonymous

    killah priest 5 starz

  • chiefhotfoot

    Is this critic a hiphop fan or a tool of the establishment?

  • lexdiamonds

    like killah said "my flow might not be as good as yours! BUT MY RHYMES ARE THE BEST IN THE GALAXY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • lexdiamonds

    Killah priest for heavy mentals only!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • bigdave55

    this album is not good , just a bunch of boring songs and no real meaning .

  • Therealfree

    This album is in my top 5 for the year. 1. IDE Ideology 2. Vinnie Paz 3. Killah Priest The 3 day theory 4. Necro DIE!! 5. Big Boi

  • asssssssdf

    FML. Rick Ross and Lil Wayne over Killah Priest, the lyrical mastermind? FML.

  • Kay W

    common can't believe y'all who rate this 5 , I fell asleep , haven't heard a rapper with a more boring flow than killah priest , big up to psalm of satan track though , if you scratch killah priest its a pretty dope song

  • Tom Foolery

    killah priest is easily one of the most intelligent emcees in hip hop today...and this record is proof of that if you dont recognize, you're missing out

  • Sensaye252

    Priest is by far the smartest and most well studied rapper ever. It's hard to even compare him with other MC's, because his stuff serves a different purpose. It's like comparing a novel to the bible.

  • Cormz

    This isn't even a review... WTF!!! The album is dope, and the fact that you just dissed a legend like Killah Priest like that means you need to change the name of your website.

  • eL Tu

    Killa Priest > Drake, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross

  • BALLSAQUE

    How can you not like Killah Priest? I mean come on people.

  • krayz52

    this whole thing talks strictly about priest as an artist, not the c.d as a whole.. personally the beats are hot,lyrics .. producer Kount Fif.. Amazing at that.. Priests rhymes are what i say" the usual" nothing different then he has always done. BUt I have to say.. How he lay'd it down on the beat.. well done.. sounds great... the two work very well with each other.. I'd like to see priest do something a little out of the ordinary some time.. Hip hop is held together by artist like priest.. these days we got whack rappers who claim to be hip hop... sheeiiittt.. where did the real music go.. basically.. the 3 day theory is hott on the hip hop list but when it comes to the people who listen to" lil'wayne, " and shit.. don't know the difference between hip hop and rapp.. nuff said.... i'm stick'n with hip hop as a whole..

  • datnuggah21

    YEAH HIP HOP DX THAT WAS SAD YOU HAD NOTHING BAD TO SAY ABOUT THE ALBUM JUST THE MAN. USUALLY IN A REVIEW U POINT OUT THE DOWN FALLS IN SOME OF THE TRACKS BUT YOU DID NOT DO THAT. SO YOU GAVE THIS ALBUM A 3 FOR WHAT REASON? BECAUSE ITS THE 3 DAY THEORY IDK. BUT YOU GUYS HATIN ON KILLAH PRIEST IS STRAIGHT CRAZY. AND IDK WHATS HAPPENIN TO THIS SITE

  • hf2005md

    There is no reason to get mad at these reviews. If you have been listening to hip hop long enough you know a internet /magazine review is not going to make you buy somebody's album. You like what you like. Thats what kills me on here with all these people hating. If you dont like say so and move on. This was probally reviewed after one listen. An artist like Killah Priest makes you think (Its like a puzzle, to hard to comprehend sometimes) and you may not understand what he is talking about until after a few listens. Im not a big Killah Priest fan, but he gets much respect. At least he gets you to educate yourself. All that gansta, playa, hustla talk has gotten us where?

    • BOZNIAN NIGGUH FROM DETROIT

      All that gansta, playa, hustla talk has gotten us where? More guns,bitches,and drugs cheyaaaaaaaaa okkkk kayyyyyyyyy

  • AgExAx

    HipHopDX is bashing on Killah Priest in order to hype up the watered down rappers for promotional reasons. HipHopDX is selling out. I'm moving back to HipHopGame if they keep reviewing like this.

  • Sunspect

    I might agree with the writer, that this ain't what 2010 is resting its ears on, but track back the time, where these rhymes were strongly effective. It's because there was a time where listeners were listeners and really adored lyrics and contents in their most message-giving way. People used to hear controversial statements and change their way of behavior, ethical ways, political ways etc....etc... Today it's too frustrating and waste of time to focus on one single project. It's all about amusements, the greatest beat and lalala... And of course you gotta listen to that to, but Killah has a message, which lot of people ignore... Way to go Priest... preach.

  • illmathmatical

    this may not be priest's best album ( heavy mental, behind the stained glass, the offering, black august) but i would rather bump this then garbage rick ross and drake. something is wrong with hip hop if this album gets a 3 star review but rick ross gets a 4 star review. killah priest lyricism is completely on another level and will go over the head of most people so they will regard it as trash. all i know is that i listen to hip hop to expand my mind and understand the message which is what true hip hop is really about. it is sad that hip hop nowadays is based off rhyming about how much money you have, all the hoes you fuck and all of your material possessions. this album is a good thing for us true hip hop heads

  • AFRICA P

    KILLAH PRIEST IS THAT DUDE HOW COULD YOU LIKE HIP HOP AND NOT FUCK WITH PRIEST FOR ALL THAT FAKE DRAKE SHIT WE NEED MORE REAL HIP HOP LIKE THIS

  • son ru

    ..by the way dont be surprised when u hear about ur favorite top 20 radio friendly mcs gettin fucked in the ass (literally) for fame and money..wutang for life!!

  • son ru

    u mufuckas comparing K.P. to these bitchass hip-POP radio cornballs got it twisted! Priest is the truth! Most definitely a top 10 mc all time and very underrated..i dont feel sorry for all u def dumb blind idiots talking out ur ass! Do the knowledge and study the real culture faggots..

  • BONKEIRA

    Real #1 Stan only owns one CD. Eminem's Recovery, and it is his mission to tell everyone to buy it because his broke, inbred ass is so proud to finally own a cd. That's why he's been saying the same shit on every review since recovery came out, THIS SHIT SUCKS-COP RECOVERY. The Real#1 Stan is a fucking retard, don't pay him no mind unless you're looking for a good laugh now and then. COP RECOVERY MAN!

    • THE REAL#1STAN

      Bonkeira only has one testical and it his his mission to find a doner here on HipHopDX to give him one of their balls. When that happens his inbred hillbilly ass will finally be proud to own two balls. Thats why he's following me around saying the same shit on every review since his ball cancer got worse. Bonkiera is a fuckin one ball retard, dont pay him no mind unless your willing to donate one of your nuts. COP A PAIR OF BALLS FROM SOMWHERE ELSE MAN!

  • kpanilaryea

    @ the real#1stan have you really listened to this album at all or are you just assuming its wack? there are lots of artists i dont like but i still listen to their efforts and determine weather its wack or not kinda like rick ross... im not a fan of him but his new cd is good.

  • BIG FACE ITALY

    You have to understand that a Wu killa bee could never come sugercoated like a Drake for example. Priest put out classic point of views and paints pictures... heavy menthal is one of the best albums in hip hop history. B.I.B.L.E or science projects are tracks that destroy other artist's whole album. Understanding him as an artist is like understanding him from the early days with the Gravediggers till now. Solid album Wu tang 4 life

    • BIG FACE ITALY

      Totally agree with German fanbase... we in Italy also prefer the underground more. It seems that the underground artist are not forgotten in Europe. A drake album is nice when you are with your lady but we not be playin that solo

  • BONKEIRA

    Killah's allways been ill- I JUDGE WISELY AS IS IF NOTHING EVER SURPRISED ME- LOUNGIN' BETWEEN TWO PILLARS OF IVORY! This shit is sick, and HRSMN is going to blow the roof off, so watch out for this dude because he's pulling a big comeback on the underground, fuck tv, fuck sales, fuck radio

    • BEEZ

      my domepiece, is like building stones in grease, my poems are deep, from ancient tombs I speak... Heavy Mental- the song- is the illest lyrical sh*t ever

    • THE REAL#1STAN

      I already did you fuckin dumbass, i suggest you do the same since its better then all the boring nerd backpacker rap you listen too

    • BONKEIRA

      Ya ok Go Cop Recovery son lmao

    • THE REAL#1STAN

      Like anyone cares what a interet nerd like you says..your a fake fuckin wannabe. You fuckin pedophile peice of shit

    • BONKEIRA

      What ever, ya fuckin' idiot, like anybody takes what you say seriously, fuckin' clown

    • THE REAL#1STAN

      Look at this bitch ass pedophile talkin shit...you obviously dont know anything about real hip-hop. Your a fuckin internet nerd that listens to boring shit.

    • BONKEIRA

      And fuck that transvestite THE REAL #1 STAN, cuz you don't know anything except em, and recovery's probably the only eminem album you have anyways you fuckin poser lmao

  • chronwell

    It’s hard to imagine an emcee like Killah Priest gaining a slew of new fanfare nowadays, ^I dont think he's droppin new music to gain new fans so relax your imagination .HAHAHA! He already has a slew of fans(myself inclusive) from NY to FL from Cali to the UK and spots in between who have supported him since the Sunz /GZA days to right now. We are not a numerous group but we support Priesthood and his street spirituality music, know that!

  • THE REAL#1STAN

    save your money and buy Eminems Recovery instead...Killah Preist is weak and cant rhyme for shit on this new project of his.

  • kpanilaryea

    most of yall are fukkin clowns fact is priest is an ill mufugga yo! dude is sick with the imagery raps and the details of his lyrics. any real hip hop nigga who aint heard of priest or doesnt appreciate his music aint no real hip hop nigga yo, this dude is mean wit the lyrics. this cd is actually dope as fuck to me i been heard this shyt for the past month. beats fit perfectly wit his lyrics. the reviewer gave rick ross cd four XXXX but this three? i mean the rick ross cd is good in its way but this right here is def good in its way!

  • GERMANDUDE

    Go eff yourself, Adam Figman. You compare Killah Priest with POP Musicians like Drake & Lil Wayne? Wtf? Its like comparing Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin or Jimi Hendrix with Tokio Hotel.

  • GERMAN FAN BASE

    Its a Classik Album.We hip hopers in Old Europe are know what good rap is.but u amys dont know klassik shit.. ur lil wayne ,drake gay shit is to homo 4 us.

  • STFU

    Dude who wrote this is CLEARLY confused as to the differance between industry pop rap and HIP HOP CULTURE coz nobody on the blocks fuckin with Drake or Rick Ross fake ass their fans are middle class suburban living teenagers not members of Hip Hop CULTURE where Killah Priest will ALWAYS be more relevant than those clowns regardless how many deluded burn kids buy their albums alongside their labels...

  • DOPE!

    ''The Offering'' is a classic.

  • 905

    I never liked this dude...that kinda hip-hop's played out to me.

    • bluntmastarr

      played out son, yr stupid .hip hop is message music......go listen to lil wayne and blog bout he;s the best ya jackaassssss

  • hmmmmmmmmm

    Dude's first two albums are insane, and then he's been totally irrelevant to me.