Blazing Arrow

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Blazing Arrow
Studio album by Blackalicious
Released April 30, 2002
Genre Hip hop
Length 74:24
Label MCA Records
Producer Chief Xcel
Questlove
DJ Shadow
Hi-Tek
Ben Harper
Cut Chemist
Blackalicious chronology
Nia
(1999)
Blazing Arrow
(2002)
The Craft
(2005)

Blazing Arrow is the second full-length album by Blackalicious, the follow-up to 2000's Nia. It was released on April 30, 2002 on MCA Records.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Chief Xcel and Gift of Gab

  1. "Introduction: Bow and Fire" – 1:06
    • Vocals by Linda Parker, Susan Bonaparte and Syble Scovell
  2. "Blazing Arrow" – 2:40
  3. "Sky Is Falling" – 2:26
  4. "First In Flight" – 4:32
    • Featuring Gil Scott-Heron
    • Saxophone: Jose Espinosa
    • Trumpet: Seth Zwerling
  5. "Green Light: Now Begin" – 3:12
  6. "4000 Miles" – 4:35
  7. "Nowhere Fast" – 6:41
  8. "Paragraph President" – 5:09
    • Contains interlude "Halfway Home," produced by DJ Shadow
  9. "It's Going Down" – 3:44
    • Featuring Lateef the Truthspeaker and Keke Wyatt
    • Produced by Chief Xcel
    • Co-produced by Hi-Tek
  10. "Make You Feel That Way" – 3:26
    • Trumpet: Anthony Coleman
  11. "Brain Washers" – 6:22
  12. "Chemical Calisthenics" – 3:21
    • Featuring Cut Chemist
    • Produced by Cut Chemist
    • Cuts by Cut Chemist
  13. "Aural Pleasure" – 4:47
    • Featuring Jaguar Wright
    • Saxophone: Jose Espinosa
    • Trumpet: Seth Zwerling
    • Contains interlude "Faith's Fire," featuring Lifesavas, backing vocals by Miho Hatori
  14. "Passion" – 3:54
  15. "Purest Love" – 4:03
    • Bass, Guitar, Piano: Teke Underdue
    • Flute: Karl Denson
    • Horns: Deejan Underdue
    • Backing vocals: Bear and Damu Quarles
  16. "Release (Part 1, 2 & 3)" – 9:26
  17. "Day One" – 4:52
    • Contains interlude "Bow and Fire Outro"

Critical reaction[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Blender 4/5 stars[2]
HipHopDX.com 3.5/5 stars[3]
IGN (9.6/10)[4]
Pitchfork Media (9.3/10)[5]
PopMatters (favorable)[6]
RapReviews.com (9.5/10)[7]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[8]
Sputnikmusic (3.5/5)[9]
Stylus Magazine A−[10]

The album was generally received well by critics, with Allmusic writer Steve Huey praising Gift of Gab's performance:[11]

Pitchfork Media was also impressed with the album:[12]

Credits[edit]

  • Executive Producer(s): Xavier Mosley, Timothy Parker
  • Bass: Harley White (tracks: 1, 3-5, 8A, 9, 10, 13A, 14, 16A-17A)
  • Drums: Paul Humphrey (tracks: 1, 11B, 16A)
  • Keys: Money Mark (tracks: 1, 6, 16A)
  • Producer: Chief Xcel (tracks: 1-6, 7B, 8A, 9-11B, 13A-17B)
  • Scratches: Chief Xcel (tracks: 1, 2, 7A, 8A, 11A, 14)
  • Strings: Vincent Segal (tracks: 1, 3-7A, 10, 14, 16A-17A)
  • Vocals: Erinn Anova (tracks: 3, 5, 15, 17A), Joyo Velarde (tracks: 3, 15, 17A), Vursatyl (tracks: 3, 15, 17A)

Samples[edit]

Blazing Arrow

Paragraph President

Make You Feel That Way

Aural Pleasure

Passion

Chemical Calisthenics

Purest Love

Release (Part 1, 2 & 3)

Green Light: Now Begin

Album chart positions[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums
2002 Blazing Arrow #49 #33

References[edit]

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