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Producer Chief Xcel and rapper Gift of Gab have toured the world and released progressively and sonically smarter albums each time out NIA took nearly six years to make, and its depth and hunger shows on sure shots "The Fabulous Ones," "A2G," and "Shallow Days." The album wrenches its strength from both its subject matter-check the surrealism of "Ego Trip by Nikki Giovanni"-and execution, a testament to the power of independent thought. This album would set an extraordinarily high bar that they would later match on the Quannum family album and Blazing Arrow.

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One off the best

If you are a true hip hop head this is a must. Some of the best rappers around are from the solesides/quannum crew and the price to say I bought the album when it first came out for £18 its a bargin

Great stuff!

Brilliant album from one of my favourite groups ever.
Gift Of Gab is one of the most underrated MCs ever, but he works so well with Chief XL on the boards. My favourite album of their's is 'Blazing Arrow', but this still gets 5 stars as it's so dope. And you can see the progression made by both when listening to their albums in sequence.
If you don't know, now ya know.


Formed: 1992 in Davis, CA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Like a few other West Coast rap acts, including the Pharcyde and Jurassic 5, Blackalicious have generally favored what hip-hoppers call the "positive tip"; in other words, their lyrics have often been spiritual and uplifting rather than violent or misogynistic. Like a lot of experimental alternative rappers, Blackalicious can be quirky and eccentric; nonetheless, spirituality is a big part of the group's music. Although Blackalicious weren't formed until the early '90s, their members had known each...
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