The Craft (album)

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The Craft
The Craft.jpg
Studio album by Blackalicious
Released September 27, 2005 (2005-09-27)
Genre Hip hop
Length 58:11
Label ANTI-
Producer Chief Xcel
Blackalicious chronology
Blazing Arrow
(2002)
The Craft
(2005)
Imani Vol. 1
(2015)
Singles from The Craft
  1. "Your Move"
    Released: 2005
  2. "Powers"
    Released: 2006
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 80/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club favorable[3]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[4]
HipHopDX 4/5 stars[5]
Paste favorable[6]
Pitchfork Media 7.4/10[7]
PopMatters 9/10 stars[8]
Robert Christgau A−[9]
Stylus Magazine B[10]
XLR8R favorable[11]

The Craft is the third studio album by American hip hop duo Blackalicious.[1] It was released on ANTI- on September 27, 2005.[12] Chief Xcel said, "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."[13]

Reception[edit]

At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, The Craft received an average score of 80% based on 22 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[1]

Jack Booty of Prefix gave the album a 7.0 out of 10, saying, "[Chief] 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."[14]

It ranked at number 6 on Exclaim!'s "Hip-Hop: Year in Review 2005" list.[15]

The album has sold 67,000 copies in the US as of August 2015.[16]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "World of Vibrations" (featuring Ledisi) X. Mosley, T. Parker 5:02
2. "Supreme People"   S. Martel, Mosley, Parker, H. Salters, V. Ségal, T. Underdue 4:03
3. "Rhythm Sticks"   Mosley, Parker 4:36
4. "Powers"   Martel, Mosley, Parker, Salters, Ségal, Underdue 3:47
5. "Your Move" (featuring Lifesavas) Mosley, Parker 3:55
6. "Lotus Flower" (featuring George Clinton) Martel, Mosley, Parker, Salters, Ségal, Underdue 4:12
7. "My Pen and Pad"   Mosley, Parker 2:02
8. "Side to Side" (featuring Lateef and Pigeon John) L. Daumont, J. Dust, Mosley, Parker 4:36
9. "Automatique" (featuring Floetry) M. Ambrosius, Mosley, Parker, N. Stewart 4:07
10. "The Fall and Rise of Elliot Brown"   F. Leaneir, Mosley, Parker 3:55
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 5:57
14. "The Craft"   Mosley, Parker 3:46

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Billboard 200[17] 102
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[18] 79
Independent Albums[19] 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The Craft by Blackalicious". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved November 25, 2015. 
  2. ^ Bush, John. "Blackalicious - The Craft". AllMusic. Retrieved November 25, 2015. 
  3. ^ Rabin, Nathan (October 12, 2005). "Blackalicious: The Craft". The A.V. Club. Retrieved November 25, 2015. 
  4. ^ Lynskey, Dorian (September 23, 2005). "Blackalicious, The Craft". The Guardian. Retrieved November 25, 2015. 
  5. ^ Tardio, Andres (November 22, 2005). "Blackalicious - The Craft". HipHopDX. Retrieved November 25, 2015. 
  6. ^ Howe, Brian (September 27, 2005). "Blackalicious - The Craft". Paste. Retrieved November 25, 2015. 
  7. ^ Murphy, Matthew (September 29, 2005). "Blackalicious: The Craft". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved November 25, 2015. 
  8. ^ Stirling, Stephen (October 3, 2005). "Blackalicious: The Craft". PopMatters. Retrieved November 25, 2015. 
  9. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Blackalicious". Robert Christgau. Retrieved November 25, 2015. 
  10. ^ Passantino, Dom (September 30, 2005). "Blackalicious - The Craft". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved November 25, 2015. 
  11. ^ Thill, Scott (December 1, 2005). "Blackalicious: The Craft". XLR8R. Retrieved November 25, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Blackalicious Polishes Its 'Craft'". Billboard. June 2, 2005. Retrieved November 25, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Blackalicious Unveil The Craft". IGN. June 2, 2005. Retrieved November 25, 2015. 
  14. ^ Booty, Jack (October 3, 2005). "Blackalicious: The Craft". Prefix. Retrieved November 25, 2015. 
  15. ^ Dix, Noel (January 1, 2006). "Hip-Hop: Year in Review 2005". Exclaim!. Retrieved November 25, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on August 25, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Blackalicious - Chart history - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved November 25, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Blackalicious - Chart history - Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 25, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Blackalicious - Chart history - Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 25, 2015. 

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