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Masta Killa

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Masta Killa (b. Elgin Turner, born August 18, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American rapper. He is a member of the Wu-Tang Clan.

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Biography

Masta Killa only appeared on one track on the Wu-Tang Clan's first album, due to being incarcerated at the time, though his only verse on the album, the closing verse to "Da Mystery Of Chessboxin", is considered one of its most memorable. Unlike the other 8 members, Masta Killa was not an aspiring rapper at the time; however, he was mentored by the group's oldest member GZA and soon became a regular on the group's recordings. During the first round of solo projects, he made several appearances on tracks now considered classics, such as "Winter Warz", "Duel Of The Iron Mic", and "Glaciers Of Ice". His flow at the time attracted attention for being very slow and laidback, in contrast to the more manic, forceful styles of members like Inspectah Deck or Ghostface Killah. GZA's influence has always been very apparent in this laidback yet menacing style, and the two are probably the only two Wu-Tang members who could be confused with one another. Masta Killa is also the Clansman fondest of Chinese martial arts imagery. In 1997 (1997 in music), the Wu-Tang Clan's second album Wu-Tang Forever saw Masta become a mainstay in the group's line-up with regular appearances throughout the double album.

Masta Killa was the last member to release a solo project, after it was delayed for several years and finally released in June 2004 (2004 in music) with the title No Said Date. It was critically acclaimed and heralded by fans as a return to form for the Clan, with an ethos and sound reminiscent of the early and mid 1990s Wu-Tang and affiliate albums.

His M.C. name is derived from the 1983 kung fu film Shaolin Master Killer.

Aliases

  • Jamel Irief (pron. Juh-mel I-reef)
  • High Chief
  • Noodles

Discography

Albums

Singles & EPs

  • 2003 "No Said Date"
  • 2004 "Old Man"

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