01. World Of Vibrations

02. Supreme People

03. Rhythm Sticks

MP304. Powers

MP305. Your Move

06. Lotus Flower

MP307. My Pen And Pad

08. Side To Side

09. Automatique

10. The Fall & Rise of Elliott Brown

11. Black Diamonds & Pearls

12. Give It To You

13. Ego Sonic War Drums

14. The Craft



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The Craft
Blackalicious

With their third full-length release, Blackalicious has produced a record of such sonic depth and lyrical ambition that it can proudly stand alongside the work of Bay Area funk fathers SLY STONE and SHUGGIE OTIS, or hip-hop classics like OUTKAST's Aquemini and THE ROOTS’ Things Fall Apart. But The Craft is not nostalgic for some "golden era" that never existed; it surges past 2002's breakthrough Blazing Arrow into worlds Blackalicious' adoring fans have been waiting for them to explore. Lyricist Gab moves beyond the introspection of earlier albums, going deep on "Black Diamonds and Pearls" as a pregnant teen conquers her fears, while on the epic "The Fall and Rise of Elliott Brown", a lost, incarcerated boy transforms into a leader of his community. What Gab achieves lyrically, Xcel accomplishes musically, with beats that touch on classic funk sidling cozily alongside the orchestral sweep of Stereolab. “The Craft," Xcel says, "is our passion to bring discipline to this music, the passi...

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CATALOG DATA

No: #86745

US Rel. Date: 09/27/2005

EU Rel. Date: 09/26/2005

Type: Full

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Editorial Reviews
Billboard

Staff

Blackalicious may be one of the best hip-hop acts that no one has ever heard of… “The Craft,” their second effort and Anti-debut, elevates their brand...

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URB Magazine

Staff

The Craft has potential to blow Blackalicious up big time.

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User Comments

Average Fan Rating: 5.00

 


Shah

03/13/2006

Blackalicious? That...

Gift is achieving a whole new level with this one

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