The young and ambitious hip hop group Blackalicious emerged from the underground during the late Nineties. Their debut album established them as one of the West Coast's top outfits, but it was the follow-up Blazing Arrow that earned them major acclaim. This second studio album was originally released in 2002 on MCA Records. The album features several guest appearances, including Zack de la Rocha (Rage Against The Machine), Gil Scott-Heron, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Cut Chemist and Chali 2NA (Jurassic 5) amongst others.
Blackalicious was known for their 'positive tip', in other words, their lyrics have often been spiritual and uplifting rather than violent or misogynous. The group consisted of DJ/producer Chief Xcel and rapper Gift of Gab.
Blazing Arrow is available as a 20th anniversary edition.
1. INTRODUCTION: BOW AND FIRE
2. BLAZING ARROW
3. SKY IS FALLING
4. FIRST IN FLIGHT FEAT. GIL SCOTT-HERON
5. GREENLIGHT: NOW BEGIN
6. 4000 MILES FEAT. CHALI 2NA AND LATEEF THE TRUTH SPEAKER
1. NOWHERE FAST
2. PARAGRAPH PRESIDENT
HALFWAY HOME (INTERLUDE)
3. IT'S GOING DOWN FEAT. LATEEF THE TRUTH SPEAKER AND KEKE WYATT
4. MAKE YOU FEEL THAT WAY
1. BRAIN WASHERS FEAT. BEN HARPER & THE INNOCENT CRIMINALS
COOL AID CHEMISTRY (INTERLUDE)
2. CHEMICAL CALISTHENICS FEAT. CUT CHEMIST OF JURASSIC 5
3. AURAL PLEASURE FEAT. JAGUAR WRIGHT
4. PASSION FEATURING RAKAA & BABU OF DILATED PEOPLES
FAITH'S FIRE (INTERLUDE)
1. PUREST LOVE
2. RELEASE FEAT. SAUL WILLIAMS AND LYRICS BORN (PART 1, PART 2, PART 3)
3. DAY ONE
4. BOW AND FIRE (OUTRO)