"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.