Blackalicious

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Blackalicious
Origin Sacramento, California, United States
Genres Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop, indie hip hop
Years active 1992–present
Labels Quannum Projects
MCA/Universal Records
SoleSides
ANTI-
Associated acts DJ Shadow, Lateef the Truthspeaker, Lyrics Born
Website blackalicious.com
Members Gift of Gab
Chief Xcel

Blackalicious is an American hip-hop duo from Sacramento, California,[1] made up of rapper Gift of Gab (born Timothy Parker) and DJ/producer Chief Xcel (born Xavier Mosley).[2] They are noted for Gift of Gab's often "tongue-twisting", multisyllabic, complex rhymes[3] and Chief Xcel's "classic" beats.[4] The duo have released three full-length albums (1999's Nia, 2002's Blazing Arrow, and 2005's The Craft ). Their fourth LP, Emoni, will be released in July 2014.[5]

Discography[edit]

Albums
EPs
  • Melodica (Mo Wax, 1994)
  • A2G (Quannum Projects, 1999)
  • Deception Remixes (Quannum Projects, 1999)
Singles
  • "Swan Lake" / "Lyric Fathom" 12" (Solesides, 1994)
  • "Deception" 12" (Quannum Projects, 1999)
  • "If I May" / "Reanimation" 12" (Mo' Wax/Quannum Projects, 2002)
  • "Paragraph President" / "Passion" 12" (MCA Records/Quannum Projects, 2001)
  • "Make You Feel That Way" / "Sky Is Falling" 12" (MCA Records/Quannum Projects, 2002)
  • "Your Move" / "My Pen And Pad" 12" (ANTI-/Quannum Projects, 2005)
  • "Powers" (ANTI-/Quannum Projects, 2006)
DVDs
  • 4/20: Live In Seattle (2006)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Piazza, Paul (February 28, 2013). "Sat., March 02, Blackalicious: Harlow's Restaurant & Nightclub, 9:30 p.m., $20-$23". Sacramento News & Review. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
    • a "The hip-hop duo's Sacramento friendship goes back even further to their days at John F. Kennedy High School in the late '80s." — ¶ 1.
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p199899/biography
  3. ^ Edwards, Paul, 2009, How to Rap: The Art & Science of the Hip-Hop MC, Chicago Review Press, p. 322.
  4. ^ Shapiro, Peter, 2005, The Rough Guide To Hip-Hop, 2nd Edition, Penguin, p. 307.
  5. ^ a b Carnes, Aaron (March 19, 2014). "Gift of Gab of Blackalicious Brings Solo Show to Back Bar". Metroactive. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 

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