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
Producer Chief Xcel, Questlove, DJ Shadow, Hi-Tek, Ben Harper, Cut Chemist
Blackalicious chronology
Blazing Arrow
The Craft

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


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Blender4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[3]
The Guardian4/5 stars[4]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[5]
Q4/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[9]

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."[7]

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]

1."Introduction: Bow and Fire"Chief Xcel1:06
2."Blazing Arrow"Chief Xcel2:40
3."Sky Is Falling"Chief Xcel2:26
4."First in Flight" (featuring Gil Scott-Heron)Chief Xcel4:32
5."Green Light: Now Begin"Chief Xcel3:12
6."4000 Miles" (featuring Chali 2na and Lateef the Truth Speaker)Chief Xcel4:35
7."Nowhere Fast" (featuring Tenashus)Chief Xcel, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson6:41
8."Paragraph President"Chief Xcel, DJ Shadow5:09
9."It's Going Down" (featuring Lateef the Truth Speaker and Keke Wyatt)Chief Xcel, Hi-Tek3:44
10."Make You Feel That Way"Chief Xcel3:26
11."Brain Washers" (featuring Ben Harper)Chief Xcel, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals6:22
12."Chemical Calisthenics" (featuring Cut Chemist)Cut Chemist3:21
13."Aural Pleasure" (featuring Jaguar Wright and Lifesavas)Chief Xcel4:47
14."Passion" (featuring Rakaa and DJ Babu)Chief Xcel3:54
15."Purest Love"Chief Xcel4:03
16."Release" (featuring Zack de la Rocha, Saul Williams, Lyrics Born, and Sela Kerr)Chief Xcel9:26
17."Day One"Chief Xcel4:52


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


  1. ^ a b Huey, Steve. "Blazing Arrow – Blackalicious". AllMusic. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  2. ^ Levine, Robert. "Blackalicious: Blazing Arrow". Blender. Archived from the original on August 20, 2004. Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Blazing Arrow". Entertainment Weekly. May 17, 2002. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  4. ^ Lynskey, Dorian (June 14, 2002). "Blackalicious: Blazing Arrow (MCA)". The Guardian. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  5. ^ Baker, Soren (May 5, 2002). "Blackalicious, 'Blazing Arrow,' MCA". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Blackalicious: Blazing Arrow". NME: 29. June 15, 2002. 
  7. ^ a b Dahlen, Chris (May 29, 2002). "Blackalicious: Blazing Arrow". Pitchfork. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Blackalicious: Blazing Arrow". Q (193): 120. August 2002. 
  9. ^ Blashill, Pat (July 4, 2002). "Blackalicious: Blazing Arrow". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on August 18, 2006. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  10. ^ Lemon, Damien (June 2002). "Blackalicious: Blazing Arrow". Spin. 18 (6): 111. Retrieved April 6, 2016. 
  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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