The Craft

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All Music Guide - John Bush
OutKast was only one of many rap artists to gain a profile among music fans of all stripes, even as they sold millions of records, but it must have been difficult for those in the hip-hop underground to greet their general commercial breakout with equanimity rather than jealousy. Big Boi and Andre 3000 became paragons of cool among teenagers and 30-somethings, owned the ears and wallets of generalist listeners as well as the critical cognoscenti, and earned glowing features in The Source and Rolling Stone. No doubt the San Francisco duo Blackalicious were watching OutKast as first Stankonia and then Speakerboxxx/The Love Below began crossing over, and though Blackalicious ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
OutKast was only one of many rap artists to gain a profile among music fans of all stripes, even as they sold millions of records, but it must have been difficult for those in the hip-hop underground to greet their general commercial breakout with equanimity rather than jealousy. Big Boi and Andre 3000 became paragons of cool among teenagers and 30-somethings, owned the ears and wallets of generalist listeners as well as the critical cognoscenti, and earned glowing features in The Source and Rolling Stone. No doubt the San Francisco duo Blackalicious were watching OutKast as first Stankonia and then Speakerboxxx/The Love Below began crossing over, and though Blackalicious already commanded respect from thousands of hip-hop fans, their third full LP found them seeking out new audiences with a slightly greater emphasis on radio-ready pop courtesy of soon-to-be single "Powers," a dead ringer for "Hey Ya". For several tracks, producer Chief Xcel recruited the elements of a funk band to shoulder the weight usually carried by his unerring sampling sense, and the guitars-and-beats formula works very well not least because Xcel and rapper Gift of Gab feel free to desert the formula periodically. Although Gift of Gab reveals a slight lack of material one year on from his first solo record, the band format helps Gab find different ways to deliver his vocals -- avoiding the crutch of his flashy speed raps from previous records. While the first half of the album may sound like a watered-down Blazing Arrow, everything picks up when the duo unveil two of the grooviest message tracks since Stevie Wonder's "Livin' for the City" in "The Fall and Rise of Elliot Brown" and "Black Diamonds and Pearls." As on Blazing Arrow, they make the most of an influences track by recruiting an elderly, potentially unstable performer -- here George Clinton, there Gil Scott-Heron -- by minimizing their contributions but not their impact.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2005
  • Label: Anti
  • UPC: 045778674527
  • Catalog Number: 86745
  • Sales rank: 164,735

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 World of Vibrations (5:02)
  2. 2 Supreme People (4:03)
  3. 3 Rhythm Sticks (4:36)
  4. 4 Powers (3:47)
  5. 5 Your Move (3:55)
  6. 6 Lotus Flower (4:12)
  7. 7 My Pen and Pad (2:02)
  8. 8 Side to Side (4:36)
  9. 9 Automatique (4:07)
  10. 10 The Fall and Rise of Elliot Brown (3:55)
  11. 11 Black Diamonds and Pearls (4:22)
  12. 12 Give It to You (3:51)
  13. 13 Ego Sonic War Drums (5:57)
  14. 14 The Craft (3:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blackalicious Primary Artist
Peace Master of Ceremonies
Jean-Marc Apap Violin
George Clinton Vocals
Alfredo Rolando Ortiz Percussion
Vincent Segal Bass, Piano, Cello, Electric Guitar, Electric Cello
Chief Xcel Rap
Herve Cavelier Viola
Lateef the Truthspeaker Rap
Lyrics Born Master of Ceremonies
Larry Saunders Vocals
Ledisi Vocals
Hervé "RV" Salters Organ, Synthesizer, Piano
Gift of Gab Rap
Karl Young Bass
Lifesavas Rap
Floetry Rap
Marsha Ambrosius Vocals
Sebastien Martel Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Natalie Stewart Master of Ceremonies
Pigeon John Rap
Teke Underduze Synthesizer, Bass
Robert Collins Vocals
Nyra Dynyese Vocals
Brad Kobylczak Vocals
Noa Schnall Vocals
Syble Scovell Vocals
Technical Credits
Chris Gehringer Mastering
S. Martel Composer
T.J. Parker Composer
Mike Cresswell Engineer
Chief Xcel Producer, Engineer
T. Shimura Composer
M. Davis Composer
Gift of Gab Composer
Xavier Mosley Executive Producer
Timothy Parker Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The underground surfacing

    "The Craft" is the perfect title for the new album by blackalicious. Bringing listeners back to the days of vinyle, with a positive attitude on life and music. Always fresh and always original, hands down one of the coolest bay area rap duos around. This is how real hip hop sounds, a touch of old with the new. Just listen to the album and find out for yourself.

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