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Blazing Arrow

Blackalicious Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
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1. Intro: Bow & Fire
2. Blazing Arrow
3. Sky Is Falling
4. First In Flight
5. Green Light: Now Begin
6. 4000 Miles
7. Nowhere Fast
8. Paragraph President
9. It's Going Down
10. Make You Feel That Way
11. Brain Washers
12. Chemical Calisthentics
13. Aural Pleasure
14. Passion
15. Purest Love
16. Release Part 1,2 & 3
17. Day One

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Blackalicious's debut, Nia, was grossly underrated despite emcees Gift of Gab and Chief Xcel's witty, Afro-centered conceptual leanings. Blazing Arrow picks up where Nia left off, but features a more mature-sounding duo utilizing even tighter beats and more cerebral rhymes. When they're teaming up with fellow West Coasters like Dilated Peoples' Rakka Iriscience ("Passion") or Jurassic 5's Chali 2NA ("4,000 Miles"), the results are off the meter. The sheer number of well-utilized guest spots from non-rap genres (Ben Harper, Rage Against the Machine's Zach de la Rocha) and downright catchy choruses ("Sky Is Falling," "Make You Feel That Way") expand mainstream rap's limited new-school paradigms in ways that are desperately needed. Although the duo still aren't anywhere near the most-skilled emcee's in the Bay Area's burgeoning underground movement, "Paragraph Preside" is a must-hear track, featuring wildly schizophrenic rhyme chemistry and wily wordplay. At a time when dullards like Fabolous get props for being a skilled emcee, any rhyme duo that is more interested in pushing envelopes than licking 'em deserves your ducats. --Dalton Higgins

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Blackalicious ~ Blazing Arrow

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4.0 out of 5 stars Give the Gift of Gab! Dec 27 2009
Format:Audio CD
Gift of Gab is easily one of the best MCs out there right now, and this is perhaps his best work. I would love to give this album 5 stars, but Blazing Arrow does have a few sleepers that could have easily been left out (the album is 75 mins long). Nonetheless, this is the product of pure talent and boasts such great tracks as "Make You Feel That Way", "First in Flight", and "Release".
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4.0 out of 5 stars A lyricist with fire July 14 2004
Format:Audio CD
When I first got introduced to Gift of Gabs vocabulary on his solo joint by a good friend of mine, I didn't think it was any special. But later on I listened to Blackalicious second venture, Blazing arrow, and I was stunned by Gifts and X-Cels chemistry on this album. This album represents the soul of hip-hop and brings positivity and spirituality back.
Gift is amazing on the mic and he proves it with brillliant songs like "Sky is falling and pharagraph president.
It was a long time ago I heard such a gret album like this.
Now I will be checking out their earlier albums and buy Gift of Gabs solo album.
And to The Quannum crew out there: best believe you have got a new fan from Sweden, Stockholm
Mikael Aulin
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blackalicious' Best June 18 2004
By Dan
Format:Audio CD
In my opinion, this CD is a must buy. The beats are eclectic and original, they feel like someone spent a lot of time on them. Gift of Gab never dissapoints, he poses many ideas that are worth thinking about. Such as: "you can say 'good morning, God', or 'Good God! morning!' ". I enjoy this CD, i have owned it for two years and I still listen to it about once a week. You can pop it in and just listen to a few tracks, or listen to the whole thing through with out getting tired of it. In fact, the more I listen to this CD, the better it gets. It is the epitome of Blackalicious. Just buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars %100 re-inventing underground hip-hop May 1 2004
Format:Audio CD
Once I heard the track with Cut Chemist and Gift Of Gab, I knew that this was a truly skilled group. That track is absolutly INSANE! Also, if this helps, if you like Jurassic 5, you will definitly like Blackalicious. I'm a big fan of j5 and I've heard about blackalicious from j5' collaberations, tours, and friends alike. Once a friend I trust who has a good taste for hip-hop told me "gift of gab is just the sickest lyricist ever." Well, maybe not ever, but yeah, he is the most underrated ever. Passion, to me, is the best song on the album. The way Dialated and Blackalicous collaberated makes the track classic. Make you feel that way is also a very good track.
Overall, if you're a fan of j5, or underground hip-hop in general, this is an incredibly refreshing and inventive album to listen to. Many pro critics I saw were giving this average reviews, but the truth is, they're probably more used to mainstream hooks and beats. Thats what makes this CD great. When you think hip-hop, it doesn't sound in your head like Blackalicious.
Also, if at first this CD kinda doesn't catch on....listen to Gift Of Gab's lyrics closely...the album will grow on you
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pushing the Envelope April 1 2004
Format:Audio CD
"Blazing Arrow" is destined to be a timeless piece of hip hop full of intellectual lyricism, creative production, and positive messages. With their unique style this is arguably the Bay Area's best effort at Hiphopology, along with their earlier record,"Nia".
It is easy for "traditional" listeners of Hip Hop to be turned off by the lack of aggressive tones in the album or the Gift of Gab's Bay Area style of rapping which when compared to underground lyricist in New York it can sound "soft".
However the challenge is in realizing that Hip Hop, like other genres, does not need to have only one face. More importantly, why is it that Hip Hop must encourage violence to be considered authentic? Are we forgetting early groundbreaking albums which this album brings to mind? De La Soul's 3 feet High and Rising, Digable Planet's Reachin', or Organized Konfusion's '91 debut. This album is ridiculously good, and should be owned by anyone who appreciates positivity in music, regardless if they consider themselves a fan of what they've come to know as Hip Hop.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 1 of 2 5 star hip hop albums I own Feb. 28 2004
Format:Audio CD
I love good hip hop (Roots, Blackalicious, Common, GangStarr, Mos Def, Jurassic 5 etc) but I am almost always disappointed with the albums. They are either repetitive, use intro/outro/midtros that ruin the flow of the album or are cool for one listen, or they are not solid throughout. This album has none of those traits, and that is why I give it 5 stars. They do use an intro, but it flows with the album. They mix up the songs and the beats, and do not get repetitive. And every song is at least 4/5 in my book. I highly recommend this album to anyone who enjoys hip hop.
If you like this try Common "Like Water For Chocolate" Mr. Lif "Emergency Rations" Mos Def/Talib Kweli "Black Star"& any album by The Roots ("Phrenology" is the other 5 star album I own).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Dec 16 2003
Format:Audio CD
While I didnt give this CD a 5 star, because two or three songs I thought were boring, this is a very good cd. Can't really say much about, but if you are into this type of Hip Hop, then go for it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Dec 8 2003
Format:Audio CD
Couple years ago I'd never heard of Blackaliciious but went to a concert (Sno-Core Icicle Ball or something) featuring Blackalicious, Saul Williams, Nikka Costa, ... it was my birthday and I'd gotten myself the ticket to see Nikka Costa...ending up flying solo.
I gotta tell you, it was possibly the most incredible show (really, set of shows) I'd ever been to. These performers were INCREDIBLE. Actually "performance" may not be the word -- it's really the superlevel of the Real that these artists bring to the table that makes them so powerful for me.
The are tapped in.
So "Blackalicious" popped into and out of my consciousness for a year without my doing anything about it until a friend heard my mention and sent me the CD.
Every time I listen to it, I learn something new, my perspective is enlightened, I am further whole.
I kid you not.
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