What is the logic behind your name?
The name Judah Priest stands for Joy teaching that’s is something I like to do. My Mom once told me that Judah Means Joy so that’s how that came about and Priest followed me. I use to be known as Poetic Priest, Priest means teach, so when I put them together, I get Joy Teaching.
How long have you been into Hip-Hop?
I have been into hip hop since I was five. My cousin Mike brought me into this, he was the first person I heard rhyming.
What motivated you to get into this industry?
Its Funny, when people say their mom, its means that their mom supported them. Not This time around, when I got into doing this it started at my church, I was doing the cursing songs at first not at church, but when I saw my God sister (White Diamondz) on stage doing her thing. I was like “Yo I want to do that”. So I told my mom, she said that I could not do secular music, like I actually knew what that was, but I started doing the Jesus thing living both sides of the fence. Listen to the Flesh, you Know, Totan Blunts and what not and on Sunday Be Praising the Lord wit lyrics. I did not do those things the day before, but My Mom Always told me rap is going to die, and it’s not for you, do something else. So I came to the point were I started to trust in God let old habits die out and asked God what was in store for my life. And here we are
What was your first single/recording?
In 1994-95, I was apart of an underground Group called Royal Nation we put out a 4 song EP in that time period.
What was/is your favorite single/recording you did?
Off the EP the song was called: Temptation
How would you classify your style as an artist?
A Blunt Spoken East Cost Mc.
What artist(s) have you not worked with, but would like to?
Sup The Chemist, Miss Moses, and Dirt.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Still Praising The Lord and putting some off the wall music out from 39Lashez and Kingdom Souljahs.
What do you feel is the toughest part of the music industry?
I think getting the right tracks and finding the right people to work with and finding trust is the hardest thing in the music industry.
What would the ultimate reward for you be?
Just to see Young Children get saved from the message that God has me to give to them.
What message are you trying to get across to fans?
Stop Playing With God
Do your friends and look at you differently now?
NO! Most of my friends know who the Priest is and what the Priest is about. I only roll with my Crew; 39lashez( Noble, Lts, Tha Young Sonnz Realyfe & dramatic) & Carriers of the Cross. My Brothers that keep me straight are Omega and Beridox. My Mangers (Otv) also keep me straight.
If someone were to look in your CD player or tape player right now what would be in it?
Omega & Carrier of the Cross, Dj Vaugh , Ndia, Secta, Raiders of the Lost.
Personally what does hip hop mean to you?
That’s something I really can’t say, I'm saying I love hip hop I love music but I do this for the Love Of Christ. I love It Cause God is in what I do.
If you could change one thing in world, what would it be?
If I could change something it would have to be all the false wannabe Gods, and I would change the outlook that people have on Christians.
If you could have one superhuman power, what would it be?
The Power To Heal
What should we expect from you in the future?
The upcoming CD “The darkest Hour” and The 39Lashez album "Children Awake" and maybe some speaking at Churches and youth Groups.
What would you like to say to all the new artists in the game?
Keep the faith and believe that God will take care of everything and let God be in full control.
How can your fans contact you?
e-mail : Judahpriest@angelfire.com phone: 1-800-222-6000 Ex. 82478 URL: www.39Lashez.8k.com, http://Bounce.To/Judahpriest www.Mp3.com/Judahpriest.
Any last words?
Get Ready For The Darkest Hour the first LP from 39Lashez Judah Priest. Shout outs to Omega, Beridox, LTS Noble, Dramatic, Cloe Ferby, 1st Child, Duece Life, Serenitty, Realyfe, Rice, witnis, Carriers of the Cross, Nazerene Sect & Ndia and Faith Tabernacle Church. Let the whole body of Christ keep representing.