|Studio album by Blackalicious|
|Released||1999 (Mo 'Wax)
February 8, 2000 (Quannum)
|Label||Mo' Wax / Quannum Projects|
Nia is the debut full-length album by American hip hop duo Blackalicious, released in Europe in late 1999 by Mo' Wax and later released in the United States by Quannum Projects with a slightly altered track list.
Nia received extremely positive reviews from music critics such as Rapreviews.com's Steve Juon, who said "This album is the answer to the question, "What's been lacking in hip-hop lately?"Allmusic gave it a near perfect rating of 4.5/5 calling it "an album that stakes the claim of Chief Xcel and Gift of Gab as not only the best pair of rappers in the underground, but also the best pair of producers." PopMatters added that it "renews your faith in the power and potential of hip-hop." Daily Vault's Ben Ehrenreich gave the album an "A" and said:
Nia contains a perfect balance of upbeat bangers and slow-paced grooves. There is even the excellent “Ego Trip By Nikki Giovanni,” which does nothing but enhance the experience of Nia. Even Blackalicious's interludes are far superior to the majority of the ones found on many hip-hop albums.
|1||"Searching"||1:48||Chief Xcel||Gift of Gab
|2||"The Fabulous Ones"||2:59||Chief Xcel||Gift of Gab|
|3||"Do This My Way"||4:48||Lyrics Born||Gift of Gab
|4||"Deception"||5:10||Chief Xcel||Gift of Gab|
|5||"A to G"||2:23||Chief Xcel||Gift of Gab|
|6||"Cliff Hanger"||6:20||DJ Shadow||Gift of Gab|
|7||"Shallow Days"||4:19||Chief Xcel||Gift of Gab|
|8||"Ego Trip by Nikki Giovanni"||1:43||Chief Xcel||Nikki Giovanni and Erinn Anova|
|9||"You Didn't Know That Though"||4:34||Chief Xcel||Gift of Gab|
|10||"If I May"||3:45||Chief Xcel||Gift of Gab
|11||"Dream Seasons"||4:44||Chief Xcel||Gift of Gab|
|12||"Trouble (Eve of Destruction)"||4:48||Chief Xcel||Gift of Gab|
|13||"Smithzonian Institute of Rhyme"||4:27||Chief Xcel||Gift of Gab
|14||"As the World Turns"||4:23||Chief Xcel||Gift of Gab
|15||"Reanimation"||5:40||Chief Xcel||Gift of Gab|
|16||"Beyonder"||4:05||Chief Xcel||Gift of Gab|
|17||"Making Progress"||3:10||Chief Xcel||Gift of Gab|
|18||"Sleep"||3:53||Chief Xcel||Gift of Gab|
|19||"Finding"||1:53||Chief Xcel||Gift of Gab
- The front and back covers of Nia shows a number of vinyl stacks. Some of these records include The Album by Latyrx, Endtroducing..... by DJ Shadow and Blackalicious' own debut EP, Melodica.
- Allmusic review
- The Independent review
- Pitchfork Media review
- PopMatters review
- RapReviews review
- Robert Christgau review
- Juon, Steve (April 6, 2000). "Blackalicious :: Nia :: Quannum". Rapreviews.com.
- John, Bush (George Bush's son). "Nia". Allmusic.
- Patrick, Jones. "Blackalicious: Nia PopMatters Music Review". PopMatters.
- Ehrenreich, Ben (2007-01-24). "The Daily Vault Album Reviews: Nia". Daily Vault.