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A2g [EP]

Blackalicious Audio CD
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1. A To G
2. Clockwork
3. Rock The Spot
4. Back To The Essence
5. Deception
6. Making Progress
7. Alphabet Aerobics (The Cut Chemist 2 1/2 Minute Workout)

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Album Description

Domestic debut of the first single from the 1999 debut album by duo signed to Mo Wax & comprised of The Gift Of Gab and Chief Xcel. Seven tracks, 'A To G', 'Clockwork', 'Rock The Spot', 'Back To The Essence', 'Deception', 'Making Progress' and 'Alphabet Aerobics' (The Cut Chemist 2 1/2 Minute Workout). Standard jewel case. 1999 release.

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5.0 out of 5 stars ...this is better than what i expected... Jan. 16 2002
Format:Audio CD
(soapbox session #1)...i been a hip-hop fiend for over 20 years (WHOA, SH!T, I'M GETTIN OLD!!)...and yeah, the Golden Age is over...we aint gonna see that slew of emcees comin out like they use to with their own sound, lyrics and production. that era is dead. today, you pretty much hafta belong to a "label" - a certain group of producers who will stamp their "sound" & "approval" to your project, thus justifying you as an artist. that's so sad. "labels" aint hungry...they jus wanna maintain whatever prominence they have already reached, mostly at the cost of creativity.
that's not the case here!! this is some authentic stuff...they got some strong hip hop beats and they actually rely on a "dj" to provide their music and not a "producer"...and Gift-of-gab is a strong emcee...this is tight and now i have to own their full lenght cd...yall should proly get it too, unless youre wantin some super-glossy, over-flossy top 40 hip-pop, then maybe you better off with the above-ground stuff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Underground Hip-Hop For The Masses Oct. 9 2000
Format:Audio CD
This EP is a preview for the full-length album "Nia" by Blackalicious. It contains seven tracks, four of which are present on "Nia". The three exclusive tracks are good. One of them, "Alphabetic Aerobics", is excellent. Here, rapper The Gift of Gab shows off his rapid-fire delivery in verses for each letter of the alphabet. The song gets faster and faster as he progresses through the letters. "A2G" is a similar workout in consonance, but with slower delivery and only the letters A through G. "Back to the Essence" features guest rapper Lateef the Truth Speaker. "Deception" is the most structured song here. The lyrics are a narrative about a rapper who becomes seduced by wealth. It emphasizes, without direct reference, the underground roots and ideals that Blackalicious have stayed true to since their first EP "Melodica" was released in 1994 on Mo'Wax records. The beats provided by Chief Xcel are superb. Cut Chemist from Jurassic 5 produces "Alpahabetic Aerobics" and is easily overshadowed by the lyrics. Overall this is an awesome EP. If you like ather acts such as Jurassic 5 or Dilated Peoples you will dig this. Also check out their debut full-length album "Nia".
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5.0 out of 5 stars marvalous June 18 2004
By Dan
Format:Audio CD
This CD is great. It's short, too short in fact, because the best way to listen to this CD is straight through. Blackalicous is a great duo, this CD is worth the money. Although not as good as Blackalicious' other albums, I personally can't get enough of them. I recommend this CD to anyone, even people who don't like rap. Just buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars- Words Can't Describe It Oct. 1 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD after a close friend of mine told me about the amazing song Alphabet Aerobics. Buying this CD, I expected one good track and nothing else. I WAS DEAD WRONG!! This IS the most amazing CD I've ever listened to. Words can't descirbe it. Chief Xcel produces awsome beats and Gift of Gab is the second best MC in my opinion (behind KRS-One). Gab's rapid fire delivery and insightful, unbelievible (and clean) lyrics make him amazing to hear.
Alphabet Aerobics is an amazing song where Gab goes from A to Z in an alphabetical, alliterative rap. Back to the Essence has (in my opinion) a catchy hook to it that really is a head bobber. I could review every song, but EVERY ONE IS SUPERB! Not ONE weak track. If you want some real Hip-Hop with excelent beats and unbelievible, rapid-fire lyrics, PICK THIS UP!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars remarkable July 26 2001
Format:Audio CD
i love most kinds of hip hop but its such a shame that the current wave of these excellent artists are largely ignored, in favour of the more "style over content" outfits. it is my belief that "clockwork" is the single greatest hip hop tune ever. kind of similer to "kill you" by eminem, in the way the it is completely incessent and wont stop till you get the message. lyrically this tune and also the rest are simply poetic. the only dull point (if it can be classed as one) is that no record and no producer (no, not even shadow or dre) could possibly capture the feeling of witnessing blackalicious and latryx etc live is an almost religious experiance. everyone should have the tune "clockwork" in there house. buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hes Got The Gift Sept. 28 2003
Format:Audio CD
Blackalicious' EP effort is delightful and quite a good seque for mainstreamers to get into something a bit more underground. Im lucky enough to work for KDVS 90.3 fm and they were among the first to get "The Blazing Arrow" (Gab and Chief went to high school near me and both went to UC Davis). Gab will never cease to amaze me. His talent lyrically as well as with delivery puts him on the short list for best MC's in the scene today. Buy this and do yourself a favor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blackalicious: Need I say More Feb. 25 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the best groups I have been recently introduced to. A2G is an awesome EP because of its dope a** beats and its insanely good lyrics. The Gift of Gab together with Cut Chemist in the Alphabet Workout was one of the best flows I have ever heard. Its not just that song but all of them. You don't have to skip songs on this CD because they are all great.
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