Blazing Arrow

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Blazing Arrow
Blackalicious Album Blazing Arrow.jpeg
Studio album by Blackalicious
Released April 30, 2002 (2002-04-30)
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)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Club favorable[2]
HipHopDX 3.5/5 stars[3]
IGN 9.6/10[4]
Pitchfork Media 9.3/10[5]
PopMatters favorable[6]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[7]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[8]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5[9]
Stylus Magazine A−[10]

Blazing Arrow is the second studio album by American hip hop duo Blackalicious. It was released on MCA Records on April 30, 2002.

Reception[edit]

Steve Huey of AllMusic gave Blazing Arrow 4 and a half stars out of 5, saying: "All the pieces add up to not just one of the best rap albums of 2002, but one of the richest, most captivating albums to emerge from hip-hop's artsy new underground."[1] Chris Dahlen of Pitchfork Media called it "one of those classic summer albums that crams in so much sound and so much life that listening to it is like going to a block party, all-day concert and a family reunion all at the same time."[5]

It was listed by Exclaim! as one of the Top Ten albums of 2002.[11] Kludge included it on their list of best albums of 2002.[12]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Introduction: Bow and Fire"   Chief Xcel 1:06
2. "Blazing Arrow"   Chief Xcel 2:40
3. "Sky Is Falling"   Chief Xcel 2:26
4. "First in Flight" (featuring Gil Scott-Heron) Chief Xcel 4:32
5. "Green Light: Now Begin"   Chief Xcel 3:12
6. "4000 Miles" (featuring Chali 2na and Lateef the Truth Speaker) Chief Xcel 4:35
7. "Nowhere Fast" (featuring Tenashus) Chief Xcel, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson 6:41
8. "Paragraph President"   Chief Xcel, DJ Shadow 5:09
9. "It's Going Down" (featuring Lateef the Truth Speaker and Keke Wyatt) Chief Xcel, Hi-Tek 3:44
10. "Make You Feel That Way"   Chief Xcel 3:26
11. "Brain Washers" (featuring Ben Harper) Chief Xcel, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals 6:22
12. "Chemical Calisthenics" (featuring Cut Chemist) Cut Chemist 3:21
13. "Aural Pleasure" (featuring Jaguar Wright and Lifesavas) Chief Xcel 4:47
14. "Passion" (featuring Rakaa and DJ Babu) Chief Xcel 3:54
15. "Purest Love"   Chief Xcel 4:03
16. "Release" (featuring Zack de la Rocha, Saul Williams, Lyrics Born, and Sela Kerr) Chief Xcel 9:26
17. "Day One"   Chief Xcel 4:52

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Billboard 200[13] 49
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[14] 33

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Huey, Steve. "Blackalicious - Blazing Arrow". AllMusic. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  2. ^ Rabin, Nathan (April 30, 2002). "Blackalicious: Blazing Arrow". The A.V. Club. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  3. ^ Williams, Demarco (May 7, 2002). "Blackalicious - Blazing Arrow". HipHopDX. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  4. ^ W. Fry (July 15, 2005). "Blackalicious - Blazing Arrow". IGN. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Dahlen, Chris (May 29, 2002). "Blackalicious: Blazing Arrow". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  6. ^ Kredell, Brendan (August 13, 2002). "Blackalicious: Blazing Arrow". PopMatters. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Blackalicious". Robert Christgau. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  8. ^ Blashill, Pat (July 4, 2002). "Blackalicious: Blazing Arrow". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on August 18, 2006. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  9. ^ Robertson, Alex (April 4, 2013). "Blackalicious - Blazing Arrow". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  10. ^ Berliner, Brett (September 1, 2003). "Blackalicious - Blazing Arrow". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  11. ^ Cowie, Del F. (January 1, 2006). "Next Shit - Top Ten: 2002 Year in Review". Exclaim!. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  12. ^ "The Best of 2002". Kludge. Archived from the original on July 22, 2004. Retrieved November 25, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Blackalicious - Chart history - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved November 21, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Blackalicious - Chart history - Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 

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