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