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Nia Import


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  • Audio CD (Feb. 29 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Quannum
  • ASIN: B00004KD4V
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

1. Searching
2. The Fabulous Ones
3. Do This My Way
4. Deception
5. A To G
6. Cliff Hanger
7. Shallow Days
8. Ego Trip My Nikki Giovanni
9. You Didn't Know That Though
10. If I May
11. Dream Seasons
12. Trouble (Eve Of Destruction)
13. Smithzonian Institute Of Rhyme
14. As The World Turns
15. Reanimation
16. Beyonder
17. Making Progress
18. Sleep
19. Finding

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With Nia, Blackalicious hit their stride as leaders of the hip-hop true school. The Sacramento-based duo of producer/DJ Chief Xcel and lyricist The Gift of Gab has been creating luscious, intelligent music since they started out in 1994, and Nia shows them at their best. Gab's rhyming skills are supreme, ranging from evocative storytelling about fame and misfortune ("Deception") to rapped reflections on the state of his art ("Shallow Days") and scathing straight spitting ("Trouble"). A true master of ceremonies, Gab keeps it right by grounding his lyrics in his own experience, preventing his antiestablishment message from getting boring. On the musical front, Xcel's beats fit Gab's wordplay like a glove. They range from the funky, caffeinated drum stutters of "Fabulous Ones," to knowing piano-laced patterns (on the genius "Deception") and slinky, serpentine, Middle Eastern styles ("Smithzonian Institute of Rhyme"). Nia is honest music: from Xcel's carefully stitched-together, relentlessly inventive beats, to Gab's personal poetics. This is soul food for your ears. --Lizz Mendez Berry

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Format: Audio CD
When you listen to this CD, you seriously think a rapper and a producer have finally done it. Like, they've done it. What is "it" you asked? Make the future of hip-hop ahead of its time. This is predicting the future of underground hip-hop as the Beastie Boys did with Paul's Boutique in 1989...just brilliant.
The reason this CD is brilliant is because its an underground album with a semi-mainstream marketing image. Every single track is a classic because Chief Xcel produces how he wants, so all tracks sound smooth and not overproduced. Speaking of overproduce, there is no A&R direction to force making or conforming to a certain sound...they just "did it," which makes this a classic. And then there's the Gift of Gab. He's a true lyrical genius when he expresses it thoughts, and in every track it shows. Just take a listen. He tells the abosolute truth about the state of hip-hop, adding his own creativity and lyrical genuis inbetween. If you are listening to 50 cent in your CD player right now, put this CD in, listen to it in its whole, and I guarantee you it will convice you that compared to Blackalicous, 50 Cent has a musical IQ of less than 30. This CD will really get your creative juices in your brain going, and exposes you to the underground flawlessly.
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By R. P. Miller on April 25 2004
Format: Audio CD
One word; glue. It sticks to your head, you get stuck to the seat. Try getting out of this one. The rhythm beats and the beats bop. They are 'hot'. This one is sticky. It is the best one since their first and will leave a lasting impression. They will come up at dinner time, in papers, and in study hall (if you're me), or at the beach. Any time is a good one for listening or reciting lines that are enticing and engaging and will definitely leave a mark. The lead singer sings melodrama that alerts you to the heightened senses of educated black men that message of hope and peace will shine through the dark of blackaliscious that will entice you and engage you to make a change. "Blackaliscious" or adaptation as it should be called is a coming of age cd geared toward smart, black, or not so black people in an age of hope and hopeful groups where it can be found. It is a new enlightened awareness transformed with hip-hop's beats of newfound glory (not the band 'newfound glory', just a coincidence) to accompany an all-encompassing awareness of a group and its glory found in an age of newfound awareness.
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By "amcneal3" on June 17 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album is #2 on my best albums list-- in the company of, "I Phantom" Mr. Lif; "Moment Of Truth" Gang Starr; "The Best Part" J-Live; "Illadelph Halflife" The Roots; "Lets Get Free" dead prez; "Disposable Arts" Masta Ace; "Soon Come..." Blue Black & Asheru of Unspoken Heard; "Fantastic Damage" El-P; "ATLiens" OutKast. Most of these albums are sleepers-- but I'm lettin' you know the time, so don't sleep!
When I first heard Nia (which is Swahili for "purpose", an appropriate title), there was no denying it being a classic. Chief Xcell's beats range from simple but live, "Do This My Way"; to having a life of their own, "Trouble (Eve of Destruction)". Upon close listening, one should pick up on clever sampling & sounds, an array of positive, introspective, social commentary, and straight up dope lyrics. Gift of Gab should have more shine than he has now, period! As a fellow lyricist, he gets mad props from me. If hip-hop ain't your thing, this might just be an exception to your collection-- it's good music, which is the most important issue. All in all, Nia is (for some) relaxed, but not boring; uplifting, but not preachy or gimmicky. It's more than worth the money, which in todays 'drowning' music industry, is a rare thing. With Nia, you get quality AND purpose!
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