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  Blackalicious - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Blackalicious is an American alternative hip hop duo.
In late 1997, Solesides became Quannum Projects and in 1999 Blackalicious released the A2G EP, which served as a precursor to their debut full length album, Nia, released the following year.
This was followed by a major label contract with MCA Records and the release of the critically acclaimed album Blazing Arrow in 2002.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Blackalicious   (319 words)

 Blackalicious: The Craft: Pitchfork Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Blackalicious' Chief Xcel and Gift of Gab are among the most diligent and reverent technicians in hip-hop, so it feels oddly appropriate that their third album, The Craft, should bear such a workmanlike title.
Painstakingly detail-oriented and lyrically dense, the record is another labor of love that puts as much emphasis on the labor as on the love.
The most noteworthy change to Blackalicious' sound is a pronounced increase of live instrumentation.
www.pitchforkmedia.com /record-reviews/b/blackalicious/craft.shtml   (579 words)

 universalurban.com :: Blackalicious
Xcel's friends at the University of California at Davis were forming a crew called SoleSides, including DJ Shadow, Lyrics Born and Lateef The Truth Speaker (known together as Latyrx).
She gave us the most beautiful 5-page letter on how each of the songs had touched her life, and she made us a little music box - it was a Blackalicious box - and that stays up in the studio to this day.
Now in the tenth year of their career, Blackalicious is just hitting their stride.
universalurban.com /blackalicious/index.php   (904 words)

 Choler Magazine Interview: Blackalicious   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
As members of the Bay Area's Quannum Collective, the hip-hop crew that includes the dynamic duo Latyrx (Lateef and Lyrics Born) and the esteemed DJ Shadow, Chief X-Cel and the Gift of Gab, a.k.a.
Blackalicious, might be in danger of fading into the background.
Blackalicious' 1994 Melodica EP displayed an incredible range of styles, from the soul-searching "40 Oz.
www.choler.com /articles/blackalicious.shtml   (1229 words)

 Blackalicious Bio   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
In a cold and dark global market where music is thought of simply as a commodity to be mass produced, distributed, and sold, Blackalicious brings light through twelve years of fanatic b-boyism and soulful introspection.
He later introduced Blackalicious to MoWax label owner, James Lavelle, who was so interested in the group and their sound that he licensed their EP in Europe and Japan.
SlingshotEvents is proud to announce the upcoming Blackalicious Australian tour set for early June to support the local release of their "A2G" EP out through MoWax / Shock Records.
www.hiphop.net.au /urban-xpressions/blackalicious-bio.html   (1826 words)

 SSWW: Artists
Blackalicious, featuring the Gift of Gab as the lyricist and Chief Xcel as DJ/producer, followed with SoleSides' second single, "Swan Lake" b/w "Lyric Fathom" (SS002).
Chief Xcel of Blackalicious produced "Doin' Everyday The Hard Way" for Los Angeles rap originators the Watts Prophets' forthcoming single and album on London Records and did a remix of Northern California jazz legend John Tchicai's "Love Is Touching".
Blackalicious and DJ Shadow also were both featured on the CD+ compilation Groove Active from OM Records.
www.ocf.berkeley.edu /~wndapooh/solesides/artists.html   (1051 words)

 Tower Records - Blazing Arrow - Blackalicious   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Blackalicious proves to be an exception to that rule with BLAZING ARROW.
An impressive array of sophisticated sonic collage elements, hard-grooving funk rhythms, strings, and free-flowing, intelligent raps are at the heart of this complex-yet-organic recording.
Blackalicious, Gift of Gab and Chief Xcel are one of the best M.C./D.J. combos since G.U.R.U. and D.J. Premier debuted as Gang Starr over a decade ago.
www.towerrecords.com /product.aspx?pfid=2670254   (453 words)

 blackalicious - interview - whudat.com
The fast deal often appears to be the glamorous choice for the stereotypical starving artist, however more up-and-comers are choosing to maintain control of their craft, their business, and their destiny.
Gab's lyrical influences may have inspired him, but it is his own ingenuity that keeps the group on top of their game and the fans on the edge of their seats.
After parting ways with Solesides, Blackalicious released the EP A2G  in 1999, and in 2000 released their first full-length album, Nia.  The project was a critically acclaimed independent success story, and it seemed apparent that the crew could hold their own in the business world.
www.whudat.com /interview/pages/blackalicious.html   (2508 words)

 illSTATiC:San Francisco Underground Clubs
Like a lot of experimental alternative rappers, Blackalicious can be quirky and eccentric; nonetheless, spirituality is a big part of the group's music.
After being together eight years, Blackalicious finally signed with a major label when, in late 2000, the Californians were signed by MCA.
In April 2002, MCA released Blackalicious' full-length album Blazing Arrow, which boasts guest appearances by artists who range from vocalist Zack de la Rocha (of Rage Against the Machine fame) to the Roots' ?uestlove to veteran soul singer Gil Scott-Heron.
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 Blackalicious, MP3 Music Download at eMusic
Although Blackalicious wasn't formed until the early '90s, its members had known each other since the late '80s.
SoleSides Records was the name of the SoleSides Crew's Northern California record company and in 1994, that label released Blackalicious' debut single "Swan Lake." Although not a triple-platinum smash, the single was a small underground hit that fared well among alternative rap audiences.
After being together eight years, Blackalicious finally signed with a major label when, in late 2000, the Californians were added by MCA.
www.emusic.com /artist/10564/10564138.html   (538 words)

 Blackalicious - Blazing Arrow - Blazing Arrow (MCA) - MusicRemedy.com, Brings Music to Life
In a hip-hop career that has stretched past a decade, Blackalicious has earned respect the old-fashioned way--rising through honesty, commitment, and artistry.
She gave us the mmost beautiful 5-page letter on how each of the songs had touched her life, and she made us a little music box--it was a Blackalicious box--and that stays up in the studio to this day.
After selling over a hundred thousand copies of A2G and Nia on their own independent Quannum label, MCA won a bidding war, and Blackalicious signed in late 2000.
www.musicremedy.com /articles/index.cfm?FuseAction=ShowMessage&Id=124   (838 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Blazing Arrow: Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Blackalicious' second full-length of their career, 'Blazing Arrow,' kicks off in style, with a musical introductory track, courtesy of Chief XL's considerable wizardry.
Blackalicious rises above the rest with their sickest album yet, Blazing Arrow.
If you are a Blackalicious fan you simply need Blazing Arrow in your cd collection.
www.amazon.co.uk /exec/obidos/ASIN/B000068G4V   (862 words)

 Blackalicious: Blazing Arrow: Pitchfork Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
This is one of those classic summer albums that crams in so much sound and so much life that listening to it is like going to a block party, all-day concert and a family reunion all at the same time.
Blazing Arrow is the major-label debut of underground hip-hop act Blackalicious, and if it sounds like they had more money to work with than ever before, at least they spent it well.
But what makes it a masterpiece is that Gift of Gab and Chief Xcel can hold it together with the directness of their vision of strength and hope: this is unstoppably joyous, a complicated album that feels as natural as sunshine on your forehead.
www.pitchforkmedia.com /record-reviews/b/blackalicious/blazing-arrow.shtml   (574 words)

 mtv.com - News - Blackalicious Fight 'Nerd Rap' Tag, Saying 'Let's Take It To The Stage'
Blackalicious got a taste of big-screen glory when their song "Make You Feel That Way" was featured in the 2002 flick "Brown Sugar." And the duo's Gift of Gab is aiming high for the next one.
The theme continues as the group discusses their first meeting, which happened "light years ago" when they both were students at Sacramento, California's John F. Kennedy High School.
Blackalicious will hit the road later this summer, beginning in Europe and touring the U.S. before heading over to Japan and Australia.
www.mtv.com /news/articles/1503358/20050602/blackalicious.jhtml?headlines=true   (1136 words)

For its fifth release, Blackalicious has created a record of such sonic depth and breadth and lyrical ambition that it can proudly stand alongside the work of Bay Area funk fathers Sly Stone and Shuggie Otis, or hip-hop classics like Outkast's Aquemini, The Roots' Things Fall Apart and Gang Starr's Daily Operation.
Emerging from the influential Bay Area indie scene of the mid-90s, they burst onto the world stage and provided a roadmap for hundreds of underground artists to follow.
They went on to tour the globe, headlining hundreds of shows and joining the likes of Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige, the Roots, Public Enemy, and their Quannum homies.
betterpropaganda.com /artist_page.asp?id=1160   (341 words)

 Blackalicious: The Craft - PopMatters Music Review
The conscious hip-hop stylings that have often landed Blackalicious with the "Nerd Rap" label don't cease with the release of The Craft.
While some might argue that hip-hop groups' experimentation with various musical genres pulls them away from their hip-hop roots, The Craft stands as an example that it is possible to successfully branch out while keeping the roots of your culture alive.
Experimentation aside, Blackalicious can still strike that b-boy stance as their work continues to reveal them as one of hip-hop's most innovative and talented tandems.
www.popmatters.com /music/reviews/b/blackalicious-craft.shtml   (821 words)

 Technorati Tag: Blackalicious   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
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 mininova : Music > Hip Hop > Blackalicious-The Craft-2005-ESC   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The file Blackalicious-The Craft-2005-ESC might also be available on usenet.
Blackalicious has generally favored what hip-hoppers call the "positive tip"; in
Blackalicious can be quirky and eccentric; nonetheless, spirituality is a big
www.mininova.org /tor/102206   (411 words)

 MCA Records | Blackalicious | Main   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
New Users: Register to join the Blackalicious community.
The new Blackalicious video directed by Jeff Renfro.
Blackalicious is featured in the new XLR8R magazine (issue #69) which hits news stands today June 5, 2002.
www.mcarecords.com /artistMain.asp?artistid=316   (113 words)

 CD Review: Blackalicious - Entertainment
Blackalicious' newest album, "The Craft," is a piece of hip-hop masterwork.
Their fourth effort is full of political conscience rhymes and a unique beat that you don't hear on the radio.Blackalicious includes six rappers and vocalists to make their sound much different from everyday hip-hop.The humorous "Side To Side," is a parody about guys picking up girls in a club.
If Blackalicious is rhyming about getting drunk in a club or problems with California's correctional facilities, they're doing it with style.
www.thechannelsonline.com /news/2005/11/16/Entertainment/Cd.Review.Blackalicious-1056752.shtml   (169 words)

 NOW Magazine - Music in Toronto, SEPTEMBER 8 - 14, 2005
Every new Blackalicious release has been a giant creative step forward, but even by the Oakland hiphop duo's high standards, their forthcoming Anti/Epitaph debut, The Craft, is a stunning achievement.
While the rapid-fire rhyme flow of charismatic frontman Gift of Gab has remained a Blackalicious constant, the studio contributions of Chief Xcel have developed rapidly from sympathetic beatmaker to masterful producer/arranger.
But as impressive as Xcel's work on last year's Blazing Arrow certainly was, The Craft represents a quantum leap in their evolutionary path, employing elements drawn from film soundtrack structure, remix culture and mixtape design for a groundbreaking work that can also rock a party.
www.nowtoronto.com /issues/2005-09-08/music_feature2.php   (729 words)

 Blackalicious MP3 Downloads - Blackalicious Music Downloads - Blackalicious Music Videos
Like a lot of experimental alternative rappers, Blackalicious can be...
Blackalicious breaks out the beats on tour Mar 6, 2006
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www.mp3.com /blackalicious/artists/170954/summary.html   (210 words)

 IGN: Blackalicious
Blackalicious - The Craft - January 3, 2006
Blackalicious - Blazing Arrow - July 15, 2005
Blackalicious skewers the sophomore slump mythos on a blazing arrow.
music.ign.com /objects/754/754955.html   (147 words)

 Blackalicious interview (audio, mp3) by Toazted.com
Blackalicious interview (audio, mp3) about the albums "Blazing Arrow" and "The Craft".
In a hip-hop career that has stretched past a decade, Blackalicious has earned respect the old-fashioned way--rising through honesty, commitment, and artistry-- Jeff (DJ Zen) Chang.
Toazted talks to Chief Xcel and the Gift of Gab about their music and their record label with DJ Shadow called Quannum.
www.toazted.com /artistinfo.php?PHPSESSID=f32105afb2ff3613cf7f888ba427b4b6&artist=264   (163 words)

 AllHipHop.com : Features
Ten years into the game, Blackalicious is bringing a new album and a new sound to the table.
The difference between my solo album and a Blackalicious album is the chemistry.
I can only make a Blackalicious album with X, and he can only make on with me. We can make other albums with other artists and make good records, but we can only make Blackalicious albums with me and him.
www.allhiphop.com /features?ID=1214   (1639 words)

 Blackalicious: The Craft (2005): Reviews
It's everything we love about Blackalicious, but with a little more neo-soul vibe than we're used to.
With this typically solid effort, Blackalicious seems torn between “saving” the game and playing it, and if the trend continues on future efforts, it seems as if assimilation will trump revolution yet again.
The jury's still out on if such obvious nods to commerciality will fly with their diehard audience.
www.metacritic.com /music/artists/blackalicious/craft   (723 words)

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