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Editors’ Notes

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.

Customer Reviews

i think im in love with this album

this is great hip hop. it has good beats (deception), good lyrics (sleep and a to g) and more. buy it

Classic, Must OWN

It is truly a shame that this album is often overshadowed by "blazing Arrow". Actuall I believe this is a better album and is more complete and down to Earth. Tracks like "Do This My Way" and "Shallow Days" are absolute classics. Dont sleep on this one. MUST OWN

in 2000 . . .

I got this CD in 2000 and it changed my life. Its the kind of album that own your ass for a few months. Its BAD BAD BAD!

Biography

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 has generally favored what hip-hoppers call the "positive tip"; in other words, its lyrics have often been spiritual and uplifting rather than violent or misogynous. 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 wasn't formed until the early '90s, its members had known each other...
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