Wu's Killah Priest Talks Solo LP, Four Horsemen

Wu-Tang Clan affiliate Killah Priest will return this summer with his second solo effort, "View From Masada," and is also working on a new group with Ras Kass, Canibus, and Kurupt.

Priest, who first made himself known as a member of Wu-affiliated group Sunz Of Man, is preparing to unleash the follow-up to his 1998 debut, "Heavy Mental." In addition to titling the album "View From Masada," the rapper has taken on Masada as an alias. He recently explained the logic behind that to MTV News.

"It's an acronym," Priest said. "Masada stands for 'Mostly Analyzing Situations And Drama Artistically.' You know, it's me. It's just me analyzing all types of drama that happens in the ghetto. This is a street album right here. This is a album that shows everybody that I got skills not only on the

mental tip, 'cause I'm

droppin' it all in there, but it's straight-up street."

The 17-track album was produced primarily by up-and-comers Just Blaze and Wiz. One track was constructed by Shamello, the man behind Busta Rhymes' hit "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See."

Los Angeles-bred MC Ras Kass makes an appearance on "What Part Of The Game," the first single from "View From Masada." The Ras Kass connection runs deeper, as he is also a member of a side project called The Four Horsemen that Killah Priest has been working on with some of his peers.

"Canibus came to me with [the idea for the group]," Priest explained. "And I was just down with it. He was like, 'Yo, Priest, ya'll wanna do this joint together?' And then here come Kurupt with a name. Kurupt called me up: 'Yo, it's the Horsemen, it's

called The Headless

Horsemen.'

"That's what [the group] was first," he continued, "the Headless Horsemen, because it's not just us four. There's other artists that's comin' down on there. We did a song with Pharoahe Monch, he's on there. So it's a lotta MCs that just be rhymin'; nice, nice cats, that everybody [in the group] felt they was nice, so they just get on there." [RealAudio]

The Four Horsemen album has been in the works for about six months now, and there's no word on when it might be released.

In the meantime, Killah Priest's "View From Masada" is due in stores on May 9.