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Blackalicious

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 since the late '80s. Founding members Gift of Gab (Timothy Parker) and Chief Xcel (Xavier Mosley) first met in Sacramento, CA, in 1987 when they were students at John F. Kennedy High School. Neither of them was originally from Sacramento; DJ/producer Xcel (who was going by DJ IceSki at the time) was a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, while rapper Gift of Gab was from Los Angeles' suburban San Fernando Valley.

The two went their separate ways after Gift of Gab (also known as Gabby T) graduated from Kennedy High in 1989, but they were reunited in Davis, CA, in 1992. By that time, Xcel had become a student at the University of California at Davis and the Gift of Gab had moved to Davis to form Blackalicious with him. UC Davis was where Xcel had started working with a hip-hop crew named SoleSides, whose members included DJ Shadow, Lateef the Truth Speaker, and Lyrics Born. 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. The following year, SoleSides Records released a Blackalicious EP titled Melodica. By late 1997, SoleSides Records had transformed into Quannum Records, and in 1999, Quannum put out another Blackalicious EP, A2G.

In 2000, Quannum released the group's full-length debut Nia (whose title is the Swahili word for purpose). After being together eight years, Blackalicious finally signed with a major label when, in late 2000, the Californians were added by MCA. In April 2002, Quannum/MCA released Blazing Arrow, which boasted guest appearances ranging from vocalist Zack de la Rocha (of Rage Against the Machine) to the Roots' ?uestlove to veteran soul singer Gil Scott-Heron. After the requisite tour, both Xcel and Gab began developing solo material; Quannum released both Maroons' Ambush (Chief Xcel with Latyrx's Lateef the Truth Speaker) as well as a Gift of Gab solo LP, Fourth Dimensional Rocketships Going Up. The pair returned in 2005 for their third album, The Craft, with a contract in hand from the Anti- label. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi
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Man it makes feel so good hearing Blackaliciou s with this track. Music like this brings me back to a much simpler time.
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dan_mcm
"I know his flow by heart," Daniel Radcliffe.
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Do you wish that it be Taylor made
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Vibin good stuff,from so cal! To Chicago
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����❤️����⭐️ y o u ' r e the reason I still love rap!... Sista from 1989'.... ��Just luv ya style.!!!! & keep the positive preachin' ✌️
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Blackaliciou s is hella dope! Been a fan since I heard swan lake and cheez it terrorist.
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Nice mellow flow
West Coast!!!!
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dope!
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He kinda sounds like Busta Rhymes but very light and humble. So nice
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mosqueramigu e l
v(^_^v)♪♪(v^ _
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Wow
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One of my favorite albums of all time, and I usually hate hip hop. Most of it is bullcrap, violent and/or egotystical trash. This and Blazing Arrow are works of complete genious. Thank you Blackaliciou s .
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I can almost rap all of this
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A to G and the alphabet song A to Z
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yeah
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First in flight, cause all we have is withering time Love you Blackalicous
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One of my all time favorite tracks BLACKALICIOU S 4LIFE whats dat track wit the alphabet can't think of da name of it DAM!!!
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One of my favorite rap groups all time. They mostly like the genre in a passion perspective than a money perspective
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I stand corrected. Glad they gave him credit by not putting his name anywhere in the track listing lol.....prob a b l y because his only contribution was yelling the word release 5 times....ha. . . . . . I t was rumored a while back that he was making a hip hop album but he has fallen off the face of the earth for years now...
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Brad Thomas, The track with Zack De La Rocha is Release with Saul Williams & Lyrics Born...
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what track did Zack De La Rocha guest appear on Blazing Arrow???? Guess I'm kinda confused about that one...lol... . o h pandora, love your crazy bio's...
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you know when you get that feeling when you find the right vibe
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love this
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❌❤❌❤ this reminds me of a friend!! Lol
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Nia is Swahili for purpose... I didn't know dat doe
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My sun put me on 2 them
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Love that song!!
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Gotta love Blackaliciou s .
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Dis is dope!!!
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Blackaliciou s . Great beats. ALWAYS.
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robin.ahn
Naming my first born Nia. 'Nuff said.
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solid flow PERIOD...... . . . ; - )
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MAKE ME FEEL THAT WAY
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First time hearing this and love it..
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Haha the name is racist when the two members are both black? Don't think so buddy - Blackaliciou s has been one of the best rap groups for years. Hope they drop a new album sometime soon.. it's been too long
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ooh baby that's smooove....
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emanuel2cool
A. M. A. Z. I. N. G.
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Black and Delicious. What's racist about that?

They are black, and their music is delicious!
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janette13
Racist? Clearly you know nothing about this group.
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@pineapple fury no... not at all
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victor_flore z 2 5
I love Blackaliciou s
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nancyskid76
This s**t Is LOVE to all of the Universe
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these should have been the folks to rap at the whitehouse
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Great hip hop!
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The name is raciest
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Fuckn Fantastic!!
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jeffrhaas
Murs uplifting? Maybe, immediately followed by him telling you how much cooler he is then everyone else, and how he is gonna, or already has f***ed your girlfriend! Just playin, not tryin to start some s**t here.
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IF YA'LL THINK THE LYRICS ARE UPLIFTING SHOULD CHECK OUT MURS!
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