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Nia [Import]

Blackalicious Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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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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With each release, Blackalicious expand the definition of hip-hop to suit themselves. In the capable hands of MC Gift of Gab, one of the best in the business, a rhyme can be personal, like a whisper from a close friend. Or it can be a searing battle rap. On Nia, producer Chief Xcel creates rhythms that burst with life: everything from snaky Middle Eastern beats to thundering bass lines. --Lizz Mendez Berry

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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome July 14 2004
By Chris
Format:Audio CD
This album would be complete Fire this thing is absolutely sick there are some very awesome beats and equally if not more sick raps expecially on A to G where he is spitting many words out.They are one of the top groups in rap these days and we can only hope to here more from them in the Future this is great
Lyrics 10/10 Production 10/10 X Factor 9/10 Classic 10/10 Me 10
Overall=49/50 This album gets a rating of 5 Mics
Also recommended by Chris Guide:Freestyle Fellowship,J-5
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars This is ridiculous! May 21 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is album is near flawless, maybe one of the best hip-hop albums ever, certainly one of the best of the year. It is just about as skip-proof as can be. The first song say it all, Blackalicious are fabolous! Songs like Deception, Trouble and If I May will keep you in a trance as you listen to Gab insightful flow over Xcel's smooth beats. Gab flow on this is at the top of his game, which is already at the top of just about all of hip-hop. If you like hip-hop that makes sense, and makes you think, NIA is where its at.
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