By Joanna Chaundy
all your "Muthaf#*k this, Muthaf#*k that..." here
is a blast of some real hip-hop shit! I'm talking about
the new album from BLACKALICIOUS, Blazing Arrow!
It's about time people like Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Dilated Peoples
and Jurassic 5 took the limelight. Some of you that pick this
album up, might not realize, that this is Blackalicious' 4th
album over a period of a decade in the business. This seems
to be Chief Xcel & Gift Of Gab's time to shine.
This album is definitely an experience you should take part
in. It has a wide variety of Hip-Hop, "real" lyrics
and dripping with originality.
It features a star studded list of other well respected artists,
including; Zach De La Rocha (formerly of Rage Against The Machine),
Ben Harper, ?uestlove (The Roots), Chali 2Na and Cut Chemist
(Jurassic 5), Rakaa & Babu (Dilated Peoples), Gil Scott-Heron,
Keke Wyatt, Jaguar Wright, Sean Lennon...and damn, the list
The first single off the album is, Make You Feel That Way, which
is a wonderful track to kick off the album. It's a strong
first single. There are some CRAZY tracks here though, some
of which I cannot even describe because they are so original.
Gift Of Gab's speedy lyrics are powerful and full of that
early hip-hop sound. Between them both, their creativity makes
you listen hard to the lyrics, which they put across in such
a feel good way.
Personally, my favourite tracks are; 400-Miles ft: Chali 2Na &
Lateef The Truth Speaker. It's heavy with a dope beat.
It's Going Down ft: Lateef & Keke Wyatt is a great combination
of artists. It has a catchy chorus and Keke does the track proud.
Brainwasher's ft: Ben Harper is smooth, soulful which you can
just kick back to.
Now, Chemical Calisthenics ft: Cut Chemist is off the hook! It's
hot! The rhythm of this is incredible, you have to hear this.
But, my ultimate favourite track would have to be, Aural Pleasure
ft: Jaguar Wright. I'm a huge Jaguar fan so I'm a little
biased, but it's tite. This has the potential to be a great
summer single. It's on the same kinda lines as Guru & Angie
Stone but more old skool.
For all you early 90's Hip-Hop fans, check out the track, Paragraph
I would give Blazing Arrow 8/10 and if you're a true Hip-Hop
head, you should have this in your collection, no question.
It seems that Blackalicious are finally getting the recognition
As Gab says; "Blazing Arrow is action."