Melodica (EP)

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Melodica Import.jpg
EP by
Released1994 (1994)
GenreHip hop
ProducerChief Xcel, DJ Shadow
Blackalicious chronology

Melodica is the debut EP by American hip hop duo Blackalicious.[1] It was originally released on Solesides in 1994.[2] It was reissued digitally in 2012 with an additional bonus track "Change".[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[4]
Melody Makerfavorable[5]

Lee Meyer of AllMusic gave the EP 3 stars out of 5, calling it "an admirable effort that gives a glimpse of the group's potential."[4] Nate Patrin of Pitchfork gave the EP a 7.5 out of 10, saying: "This is conscious-minded, lyrically technical underground hip-hop at its rawest and, sometimes, at its most over-the-top ridiculous."[6]

In 2015, Fact placed it at number 69 on the "100 Best Indie Hip-Hop Records of All Time" list.[7]

Track listing[edit]

Solesides edition (1994)
1."Lyric Fathom"Chief Xcel4:15
2."Rhymes for the Deaf, Dumb and Blind"DJ Shadow2:36
3."Swan Lake"Chief Xcel, DJ Shadow5:39
4."Attica Black"Chief Xcel6:11
5."Cheezit Terrorist"Chief Xcel1:32
6."40oz for Breakfast"DJ Shadow7:42
7."Deep in the Jungle" (featuring Lateef and Asia Born)Chief Xcel6:50


  1. ^ Kun, Josh (May 1999). "Blackalicious: The Spin 25". Spin: 80.
  2. ^ Paine, Jake (July 17, 2012). "Blackalicious To Re-Release "Melodica" EP, Including Bonus Song On July 31". HipHopDX. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  3. ^ Adams, Gregory (July 17, 2012). "Blackalicious Announce New Single, Reveal 'Melodica' EP Reissue". Exclaim!. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Meyer, Lee. "Melodica - Blackalicious". AllMusic. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  5. ^ Bennun, David. "Review: BLACKALICIOUS - MELODICA". Melody Maker. IPC Media (September 10, 1994): 39.
  6. ^ a b Patrin, Nate (August 15, 2012). "Blackalicious: Melodica". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  7. ^ "The 100 best indie hip-hop records of all time (page 33 of 101)". Fact. February 25, 2015. Retrieved October 17, 2018.

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