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Blazing Arrow is the second full-length album by Blackalicious, the follow-up to 2000's Nia. It was released on April 30, 2002 on MCA Records.

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Nia is the debut studio album by American hip hop duo Blackalicious. It was released in Europe by Mo' Wax on August 30, 1999, and later re-released in the United States by Quannum Projects on February 29, 2000, with a slightly altered track listing.

Nia is the first studio album by American hip hop duo Blackalicious, consisting of Gift of Gab and Chief Xcel. It was released in Europe by Mo' Wax on August 30, 1999 and later re-released in the United States by Quannum Projects on February 29, 2000 with a slightly altered track list.

After recording a string of singles and EPs stretching back to 1994, the Blackalicious duo finally released their full-length debut, Nia, in early 2000. It's an album that stakes the claim of Chief Xcel and Gift of Gab as not only the best pair of rappers in the underground, but also the best pair of producers. As could be expected from an urban-underground crew, Blackalicious look back to earthy jazz-funk, rare-groove, and sampladelic old-school rap for their sound.

Nia is Blackalicious' debut album and it is a hell of a good one. Chief Xcel and Gift of Gab blend together rap, funk, jazz, soul, and pop all together to create some tight beats and some phat rhythms. Out of all the hip-hop duos out there these cats truly represent. The tracks range from mellow, soothing ballads to quick paced rap freestyles. For the most part everything is upbeat, fun and easy going but sometimes Blackalicious gets tricky and throws in a soft and calm soul influenced track, ya know just to mix things up. The thing that makes Nia so great is how much range it shows.

This album would set an extraordinarily high bar that they would later match on the Quannum family album and Blazing Arrow. Producer Chief Xcel and rapper Gift of Gab have toured the world and released progressively and sonically smarter albums each time out NIA took nearly six years to make, and its depth and hunger shows on sure shots "The Fabulous Ones," "A2G," and "Shallow Days. The album wrenches its strength from both its subject matter-check the surrealism of "Ego Trip by Nikki Giovanni"-and execution, a testament to the power of independent thought.

Blackalicious is an American hip-hop duo from Sacramento, California, made up of rapper Gift of Gab and DJ/producer Chief Xcel. They are noted for Gift of Gab's often tongue-twisting, multisyllabic, complex rhymes. The duo have released four full-length albums (Nia in 1999, Blazing Arrow in 2002, The Craft in 2005, and Imani Vol. 1 in 2015).

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1 Searching
Lyrics By, Vocals – The Gift Of GabMixed By – James WardProducer, Recorded By, Mixed By – Chief XcelVocals – Erinn AnovaWritten-By – T. Parker*, X. Mosley*
1:50
2 The Fabulous Ones
Lyrics By, Vocals – The Gift Of GabMixed By – James WardScratches, Producer, Composed By, Arranged By, Scratches [Cuts & Scratches], Recorded By, Mixed By – Chief XcelWritten-By – T. Parker*, X. Mosley*
3:00
3 Do This My Way
Lyrics By, Vocals – The Gift Of GabMixed By – James WardProducer, Composed By, Arranged By, Vocals, Mixed By – Lyrics BornRecorded By – Chief XcelScratches [Cuts] – DJ Ice Water*Written-By – T. Parker*, T. Shimura*
4:49
4 Deception
Bass – Harley WhiteLyrics By, Vocals – The Gift Of GabProducer, Composed By, Arranged By, Recorded By, Mixed By – Chief Xcel, James WardRecorded By – James WardWritten-By – T. Parker*, X. Mosley*
5:19
5 A To G
Lyrics By, Vocals – The Gift Of GabProducer, Composed By, Arranged By, Recorded By, Mixed By – Chief XcelRecorded By, Mixed By – Jim GardinerWritten-By – T. Parker*, X. Mosley*
2:24
6 Cliff Hanger
Lyrics By, Vocals – The Gift Of GabProducer, Recorded By, Mixed By, Arranged By, Composed By – DJ ShadowRecorded By – Chief XcelWritten-By – J. Davis*, T. Parker*
6:21
7 Shallow Days
Lyrics By, Vocals – The Gift Of GabProducer, Composed By, Arranged By, Recorded By, Mixed By – Chief XcelRecorded By, Mixed By – James WardWritten-By – T. Parker*, X. Mosley*
4:20
8 Ego Trip By Nikki Giovanni
Lyrics By [Poem] – Nikki GiovanniProducer, Recorded By, Mixed By – Chief XcelRecorded By, Mixed By – Jim GardinerVocals – Erinn AnovaWritten-By – N. Giovanni*, X. Mosley*
1:44
9 You Didn't Know That Though
Lyrics By, Vocals – The Gift Of GabProducer, Arranged By, Composed By, Recorded By, Mixed By – Chief XcelRecorded By, Mixed By – James WardWritten-By – T. Parker*, X. Mosley*
4:35
10 If I May
Co-producer – DJ ShadowLyrics By, Vocals – Lateef*, The Gift Of GabProducer, Composed By, Arranged By, Recorded By, Mixed By – Chief XcelRecorded By, Mixed By – Jim GardinerVocals – Erinn AnovaWritten-By – L. Daumont*, T. Parker*, X. Mosley*
3:45
11 Dream Seasons
Lyrics By, Vocals – The Gift Of GabMixed By – James WardProducer, Composed By, Arranged By, Recorded By, Mixed By – Chief XcelWritten-By – T. Parker*, X. Mosley*
4:49
12 Trouble (Eve Of Destruction)
Lyrics By, Vocals – The Gift Of GabProducer, Composed By, Arranged By, Recorded By, Mixed By – Chief XcelScratches [Cuts & Scratches] – DJ Quest Written-By – T. Parker*, X. Mosley*
4:28
13 Smithzonian Institute Of Rhyme
Lyrics By, Vocals – The Gift Of GabProducer, Composed By, Arranged By, Recorded By, Mixed By – Chief XcelRecorded By, Mixed By – Jim GardinerVocals, Lyrics By – Lateef*Written-By – L. Daumont*, T. Parker*, X. Mosley*
5:28
14 Beyonder
Lyrics By, Vocals – The Gift Of GabRecorded By, Mixed By – Chief XcelWritten-By – T. Parker*, X. Mosley*
4:06
15 Making Progress
Lyrics By, Vocals – The Gift Of GabRecorded By, Mixed By – Chief XcelWritten-By – T. Parker*, X. Mosley*
3:11
16 As The World Turns
Recorded By, Mixed By – Chief Xcel, James WardVocals – Erinn AnovaVocals, Lyrics By – The Gift Of GabWritten-By – T. Parker*, X. Mosley*
4:43
17 Sleep
Lyrics By, Vocals – The Gift Of GabRecorded By – James WardRecorded By, Mixed By – Chief Xcel, James WardWritten-By – T. Parker*, X. Mosley*
3:20
18 Finding
Lyrics By, Vocals – The Gift Of GabMixed By – James WardProducer, Recorded By, Mixed By – Chief XcelVocals – Erinn AnovaWritten-By – T. Parker*, X. Mosley*
1:50

Companies, etc.

  • Published By – Blackalicious Music
  • Published By – Asia's Music
  • Published By – Reconstruction Music
  • Published By – Mo Wax Music Ltd.
  • Published By – MCA Music Publishing
  • Published By – Copyright Control
  • Published By – Dread Piper Publishing
  • Recorded At – The Hut
  • Recorded At – Live Oak Studios
  • Mixed At – Live Oak Studios
  • Recorded At – Pajama Recording Studios
  • Mixed At – Pajama Recording Studios
  • Mixed At – The Glue Factory
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Mo Wax Labels Ltd.
  • Copyright (c) – Mo Wax Labels Ltd.
  • Made By – Sonopress – Z-8137
  • Glass Mastered At – Sonopress

Credits

  • A&R [International] – James Lavelle
  • Art Direction, Design Concept [Art Concept] – Brent Rollins
  • Coordinator [Project] – Andretta Lyle, Gene Kim Witney, Jeff Chang
  • Executive-Producer – Chief Xcel
  • Photography By – Brian Cross

Notes

Comes in a cardboard sleeve containing an slipcase.

Executive production for Black Mines.

1, 2, 11 Recorded at The Hut. Mixed at Live Oak Studios..
3 Asia's Music (ASCAP). Recorded at The Hut. Mixed at Live Oak Studios.
4 Asia's Music (ASCAP). Recorded and mixed at Live Oak Studios.
5 Recorded and Mixed at Pajama Studios.
6 Reconstruction / Mowax Music Ltd. Administered by MCA Music (ASCAP). Recorded at Pajama Studios. Mixed at The Glue Factory.
7, 9, 16, 17 Recorded and mixed at Live Oak Studios.
8 Copyright Control. Recorded and Mixed at Pajama Studios.
10 Dread Piper Publishing (ASCAP). Recorded and Mixed at Pajama Studios.
12, 14, 15 Recorded at The Hut. Mixed at The Glue Factory.
13 Dread Piper Publishing (ASCAP). Recorded and Mixed at Pajama Studios.
18 Recorded at The Hut. Mixed at Live Oak Studios.
All tracks Published by Blackalicious Music (ASCAP).

(P) 1999 Mo'Wax Labels Ltd.
(C) 1999 Mo'Wax Labels Ltd.

Made in Europe

Track listing on rear cover lists track numbers from 1 to 20, skipping 5 and 8. Numbering on inner CD sleeve runs from 1 to 18.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 6 74948 01122 2
  • Barcode (String): 674948011222
  • Matrix / Runout: [Sonopress Logo] Z-8137 / MWR112CD A
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LB 47
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 0713

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
MWR 112LP Blackalicious Nia ‎(2xLP, Album) Mo Wax MWR 112LP UK 1999
QP 020-1 Blackalicious Nia ‎(2xLP, Album, Gat) Quannum Projects, Sub Verse Music QP 020-1 US 2000
QP 020 Blackalicious Nia ‎(CD, Album, Promo) Quannum Projects QP 020 US 1999
MWR112CDP Blackalicious Nia ‎(CD, Album, Promo) Mo Wax MWR112CDP UK 1999
MWR 112 LPX Blackalicious Nia ‎(3xLP, Album, Dlx) Mo Wax, Quannum Projects MWR 112 LPX UK 1999


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One of the greatest rap albums of all time (in my view that is)
Blackalicious - Nia FLAC album
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