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Blackalicious duo Chief Xcel (left) and Gift of Gab performing at the Paid Dues hip hop festival in 2008
Background information
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
Associated acts DJ Shadow, Lateef the Truthspeaker, Lyrics Born
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 Imani Vol. 1 will be released on August 14, 2015.[5] Gift of Gab has stated that this album will be the first in a three-volume series to be released over the next two years.[6]


  • Melodica (Mo Wax, 1994)
  • A2G (Quannum Projects, 1999)
  • Deception Remixes (Quannum Projects, 1999)
  • "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)
  • 4/20: Live In Seattle (2006)


  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.
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  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. ^ Reed, Ryan (April 21, 2015). "Blackalicious Start Pledge Campaign for First New LP in Decade". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 23, 2015. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ [1]

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