The Craft (album)
|Studio album by Blackalicious|
|Released||September 27, 2005|
The Craft is the third full-length album by hip hop duo Blackalicious, released on ANTI- on September 27, 2005. The group worked with Grammy Award-winning engineer Russell Elevado whose previous work includes D'Angelo's Voodoo, Alicia Keys' Songs in A Minor, and Erykah Badu's Mama's Gun. Chief Xcel went on to describe him as Blackalicious' third member. Xcel explained his thoughts on the album:
The Craft is our passion to bring discipline to this music, the passion to keep growing, keep stretching, keep doing things we haven't before. The craft is what we live for.
The album was solely produced by Chief Xcel. It contains much more live instrumentation than on previous Blackalicious albums. Prefix Magazine described the production:
Xcel's production doesn't stray very far from its R&B and soul influences, but this time it comes without almost any samples, relying sometimes on players from a homebrewed funk band to create clearance-free beats instead.
|Tiny Mix Tapes|||
Initial critical response to The Craft was positive. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 80, based on 22 reviews.
All songs produced by Chief Xcel.
|1.||"World of Vibrations" (featuring Ledisi)||X. Mosley, T. Parker||
|2.||"Supreme People"||S. Martel, Mosley, Parker, H. Salters, V. Ségal, T. Underdue||4:03|
|3.||"Rhythm Sticks"||Mosley, Parker||
|4.||"Powers"||Martel, Mosley, Parker, Salters, Ségal, Underdue||
|5.||"Your Move" (featuring Lifesavas)||Mosley, Parker||3:55|
|6.||"Lotus Flower" (featuring George Clinton)||Martel, Mosley, Parker, Salters, Ségal, Underdue||
|7.||"My Pen and Pad"||Mosley, Parker||2:02|
|8.||"Side to Side" (featuring Lateef and Pigeon John)||L. Daumont, J. Dust, Mosley, Parker||
|9.||"Automatique" (featuring Floetry)||M. Ambrosius, Mosley, Parker, N. Stewart||4:07|
|10.||"The Fall and Rise of Elliot Brown"||F. Leaneir, Mosley, Parker||
|11.||"Black Diamonds and Pearls" (featuring Ledisi and Larry Saunders)||Mosley, Parker||4:22|
|12.||"Give It to You" (featuring KWEEN and Lyrics Born)||Mosley, Parker, T. Shimura||3:51|
|13.||"Ego Sonic War Drums" (featuring P.E.A.C.E.)||M. Davis, Martel, Mosley, Parker, Salters, Ségal||
|14.||"The Craft"||Mosley, Parker||3:46|
Album chart positions
|Billboard 200||Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums||Top Independent Albums|
- [dead link]
- Jack Booty (2005-09-27). "Blackalicious: The Craft". Prefixmag.com. Retrieved 2010-08-19.
- The Craft (album) at AllMusic
- HipHopDX.com review
- Okayplayer review
- Pitchfork Media review
- Popmatters review
- Robert Christgau review
- Stylus Magazine review
- Tiny Mix Tapes review
- "Blackalicious:The Craft (2005): Reviews". Metacritic. CNET Networks, Inc. Retrieved 2009-03-19.