Blazing Arrow

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
The late '90s ushered in a second golden age of progressive hip-hop, as a group of ambitious young lions rose from the underground to redefine the art of lyrical technique and revive the idea that hip-hop had relevant statements to make. With their 2000 debut album, Blackalicious established themselves as one of the West Coast's top outfits in this vein, and while it was very good, their follow-up, Blazing Arrow, is simply fantastic, vaulting the duo to the forefront of the progressive hip-hop pack. 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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
The late '90s ushered in a second golden age of progressive hip-hop, as a group of ambitious young lions rose from the underground to redefine the art of lyrical technique and revive the idea that hip-hop had relevant statements to make. With their 2000 debut album, Blackalicious established themselves as one of the West Coast's top outfits in this vein, and while it was very good, their follow-up, Blazing Arrow, is simply fantastic, vaulting the duo to the forefront of the progressive hip-hop pack. 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. What's more, the tracks draw from a rich sonic palette -- not just the expected jazz-funk and old-school influences, but straight pop check the Nilsson sample on the title track and smooth soul particularly the Philly variety, but also the contemporary neo-soul revival in particular. In spite of the duo's intellectual bent, the grooves on Blazing Arrow exude a tremendous warmth that's only complemented by the positivity of their messages. And if Gift of Gab wasn't recognized among hip-hop's premier lyricists before, he certainly ought to be now; his raps are jam-packed with internal rhymes, allusions, metaphors, ten-cent words, and amazing tongue-twisting feats of skill. Guests include members of Jurassic 5, Dilated Peoples, and Latyrx all worthy company, not to mention singer/songwriter Ben Harper, Zack de la Rocha Rage Against the Machine, and the legendary Gil Scott-Heron. 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.
The Source - Jon Caramanica
Blazing Arrow, the follow-up to 2000's Nia, is a powerfully optimistic, stunningly melodic and intensely lyrical opus celebrating the affirming values of life on the straight and narrow.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/30/2002
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811280628
  • Catalog Number: 112806
  • Sales rank: 55,719

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Introduction: Bow and Fire (1:06)
  2. 2 Blazing Arrow (2:39)
  3. 3 Sky Is Falling (2:26)
  4. 4 First in Flight (4:32)
  5. 5 Green Light: Now Begin (3:12)
  6. 6 4000 Miles - Chali 2na (4:35)
  7. 7 Nowhere Fast (6:41)
  8. 8 Paragraph President (5:09)
  9. 9 It's Going Down - Keke Wyatt (3:44)
  10. 10 Make You Feel That Way (3:26)
  11. 11 Brain Washers (6:22)
  12. 12 Chemical Calisthenics - Cut Chemist (3:21)
  13. 13 Aural Pleasure - Jaguar Wright (4:47)
  14. 14 Passion - Babu (3:54)
  15. 15 Purest Love (4:03)
  16. 16 Release Pt. 1, 2 and 3 - Saul Williams (9:26)
  17. 17 Day One (4:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blackalicious Primary Artist
Paul Humphrey Drums
Anthony Coleman Trumpet
Erinn Anova Vocals
Zack de la Rocha Vocals
De La Soul Track Performer
Ben Harper Guitar, Vocals
Leon Mobley Percussion
Money Mark Organ, Piano
James Poyser Keyboards
Gil Scott-Heron Vocals
Harley White Bass, Keyboards
Karl Denson Flute
Juan Nelson Bass
Vincent Segal Percussion, Strings, Cello, Electric Cello
Cut Chemist scratching
Seth "Slim" Zwerling Trumpet
?uestlove Drums
Alfred Ortiz Percussion
Lateef the Truthspeaker Vocals
Lyrics Born Vocals
Saul Williams Vocals
Joyo Velarde Vocals
Jose Espinoza Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Chali 2na Vocals
Gift of Gab Vocals
Rakaa-Iriscience Vocals, Track Performer
Keke Wyatt Vocals
Jaguar Wright Vocals
Tracey Moore Vocals
Ben Kenney Bass
Oliver Charles Clarinet, fender rhodes
Omar Edwards Keyboards
Syble Scovell Vocals
Linda Parker Vocals
Technical Credits
DJ Hi-Tek Producer, Engineer
Robert Russell Bennett Management
Mario Caldato Jr. Engineer
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Ben Harper Producer
Steve Mandell Engineer
Rail Jon Rogut Engineer
DJ Shadow Producer
DJ Babu Cut
Cut Chemist Producer, Cut
Chief Xcel Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Cut
?uestlove Composer
Kevin Guarnieri Engineer
Innocent Criminals Producer
Xavier Mosley Executive Producer
Timothy Parker Executive Producer
David Jolicouer Composer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    i don't know what to say

    As Emeril would say it...BAM! This album is bangin from beginning to end. You want nice hip-hop with a spiritual flare? This is the CD. Between the sick production and the discustingly clever lyrics this album is hard to beat. I've been listening to hip-hop for a long time and haven't heard anything this good in a while. I'm looking forward to their next album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow!

    I used to despise the rap/hip hop genre with a passion. This album has made me reconsider. It's remarkably deep ¿ the lyrics offer a refreshing blend of political/social commentary, emotion, and attitude. "Paragraph President" and "Release" are especially good examples of this. Plus, the musical styles vary a great deal, so listening to it never gets tiring. Check this stuff out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Breath of fresh air

    Hip Hop still has a pulse!!In a time when so called rappers like Mystikal,Ja Rule,Jay-Z etc... are flooding the radio waves,this album is nothing less than a breath of fresh air.Thanx Blackalicious.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LOVE THESE GUYS!!!

    This album seems more commercial that some in the past, but it still sounds like their old school stuff, and the beats are just as tight.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    definately worth buying

    great cd with good hip hop music guaranteed to make your head nod

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Real Hip-Hop Music

    The whole essence of Hip-Hop is being creative and different in your expression. This Album gives you that exactly. Walkin the lines of Groups like De La Soul, and The Roots; Blazing Arrow takes a flow of head rockin songs right to the mind and makes you think about things like Space, Battle, and Togetherness. This album contains flavors of Jazz, Blues, Chanting, and Soul. But has the Thumpin Beats, Scratching and Mcing. It goes back to the roots, in a way that you don't hear everyday from rap albums. This is not your basic empty rap trash you hear everday If you want to just dance you can find it on this Album. If you want something you don't hear on the radio these days it's on this album. If you want something where you can sit back and chill to, play this album from track one. If you've been thinking that Rap is dead? Do yourself a favor and get Blazing Arrow and give it a good listen, it'll give ya hope.

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