Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Post #219: Blackalicious

***Currently in the studio working on their 
4th full length album***

As I have mentioned before, Tuesday is my favorite day of the week.  I get butterflies as I approach that day's given retailer for new music release day!

Since yesterday, I have been debating between posting She & Him, whom released A Very She & Him Christmas, or M. Ward, which is the male half of the duo.

However, today, on my 30 minute ride home from the office, "My Pad and Pen" came on my ipod.

I'm not exaggerating when I say that I listened to it 9 times in a row.

From Sacramento, California, Blackalicious is comprised of rapper Gift of Gab and DJ/Producer Chief Xcel.  Since 1999 they have released 3 full length albums, including 2005's The Craft, which is their most recent release and where you will find "My Pen and Pad".

The first time I heard this song, I was walking through Cheapo Records on Snelling Ave in St. Paul.  Walking in to the store that day, I had never heard of Blackalicous...but upon hearing this song, I went home with The Craft.

The first comparison that came to mind was Busta Rhymes.  There is something that has always impressed me with the speed at which Busta can form and spew words in an intelligible way.  In my opinion, Gift of Gab is as fast, if not faster...but without the anger.  The lyrics of Blackalicious tend to be positive, and not about 'breaking necks'.

Currently, they are in the studio working on their fourth full length.

Chances are that I will listen to this another 9 times on the way in to the office tomorrow.

Please support this artist!!!


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