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Blackalicious - Blazing Arrow Mix CD Sampler FLAC album

Performer: Blackalicious
Genre: Hip-hop and RAP
Title: Blazing Arrow Mix CD Sampler
Country: US
Released: 2002
Style: Conscious
FLAC version ZIP size: 1923 mb
MP3 version ZIP size: 1539 mb
WMA version ZIP size: 1329 mb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 253

Much of Blazing Arrow retains NIA's airy, laconic feel, but the group's sense of craft has improved to a startling degree; the hooks are sharper and more plentiful, Gift of Gab's rhymes are denser, Chief Xcel's production is more breathtakingly lush, and his arrangements more sophisticated.

Blazing Arrow is the major-label debut of underground hip-hop act Blackalicious, and if it sounds like they had more money to work with than ever before, at least they spent it well. Like their full-length debut, Nia, Blackalicious use the full 74 minutes of the compact disc, and every minute has something good. But this album is also a massive advance on the last one, pushing the limber rhymes and tight beats with more musical innovation. Start with the short funk intro "Bow and Arrow," which segues into "Blazing Arrow," featuring a bouncing bassline knocking into a horn section and a hazy, dreamy Harry Nilsson sample on the chorus. Xcel and Gab canvas thirty years of funk, soul, hip-hop and modern R&B;, skipping from one to the other every song.

Blackalicious ~ Blazing Arrow. Blackalicious's debut, Nia, was grossly underrated despite emcees Gift of Gab and Chief Xcel's witty, Afro-centered conceptual leanings. Blazing Arrow picks up where Nia left off, but features a more mature-sounding duo utilizing even tighter beats and more cerebral rhymes. Exclusively for Prime members. Sample this album Artist (Sample).

Ben Harper, De La Soul, and Zach De La Rocha all make appearances on the album. With the large abundance of influences coming into the project, Blazing Arrow jumps around into so many different genres that it is extremely hard to make generalizing statements about the album. I’m going to try, though. Blazing Arrow is quite possibly one of the most epic rap albums of all time. It features four tracks over five minutes, including the nine and a half minute Release. Luckily, no one can create so much interest in longer hip-hop tracks than DJ Shadow.

Blazing Arrow contains the song "Make You Feel That Way", which became a fixture on radio stations. Following a promotional tour, both Xcel and Gab began working on separate projects. In 2004, Gift of Gab released his first solo album, 4th Dimensional Rocketships Going U. .The album contained more live instrumentation compared to previous Blackalicious albums, and was met with positive acclaim. Following the release of The Craft, Gift of Gab joined a supergroup called The Mighty Underdogs, which released an album Droppin' Science Fiction in 2008


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Released to promote the Australian tour of Blackalicious.

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
none Blackalicious Blazing Arrow Mix CD Sampler ‎(CD, Mixed, Promo, Smplr) MCA Records none US 2002