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Nia

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The Fabulous Ones
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Do This My Way
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Deception
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A To G
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Cliff Hanger
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Shallow Days
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Ego Trip by Nikki Giovanni
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You Didn't Know That Though
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If I May
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Dream Seasons
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Trouble
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Smithsonian Institute of Rhyme
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As the World Turns
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Reanimation
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Beyonder
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Making Progress
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Total Tracks: 19   Total Length: 74:04

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Hua Hsu edits the hip-hop section of URB Magazine and writes about music, culture and politics for Slate, the Village Voice, The Wire and various other magazine...more »

04.22.11
Blackalicious, Nia
2000 | Label: Quannum Projects / The Orchard

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… read more »

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First of a series of masterpieces

velocipede

If you like smart hip-hop, you cannot go wrong with any Blackalicious album. Their latest, The Craft, is probably their best yet, but right now Nia is the only one on eMusic, so get it unless you are too cool to listen to rapping about D&D.

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LOVE

thumbsdrumb

by far one of my most favorite albums of all time. dude's got mad skill. "reanimation" and "making progress" are my favorite two if i had to pick.

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Smithsonian Institute of Rhyme

electrotechfunk

I guarantee you have never heard a rap track quite like this one. This album is full of solid hiphop, but that song is what really flips my lid. Really amazing. I bought this CD in 2000, and it still stands as one of the strongest hiphop releases around.

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Ahhhhhh.

JG-ME

Their last great album. A past love affair I revisit all too often. You should have this.

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Shallow Days

Jew-C

Shallow Days really sums up what I feel about hip hop. A must-listen for true headz.

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Cross Dressing

Clivos

When I first heard this album, I was wearing one of my dads dresses, high on methadone and we just rocked it all night on the our desk top cassette dictaphone. Mom came home, ate the tape and made us put mens clothes on. Check out A to G!

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Great album

Hirudin

When I first burned this album it didn't leave my car's CD player until it had been played about 9 times in a row! Check out "A to G" if nothing else.

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Ego Trip

ElectroJosh

I struggle to review this album. Do I give it three stars or four? It has some good songs, but is otherwise uneven. Nikki Giovanni is God. Worship her. Download her song "Ego Trip." I do also like the songs: "Shallow Days" and "You didn't Know that Though." You may also want to download "A to G" and "Cliffhanger." Much better albums from Blackalicious are A2G EP and the amazing The Craft.

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Good, but better Live.

IceMaster3.2

Great hip hop album, but it doesn't show the full potential of Blacka. I saw them live at Street Scene San Diego and they put on a high energy show that was more raw.

They Say All Music Guide

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. Still, the productions on tracks like the great opening bout “The Fabulous Ones,” “Do This My Way,” and the tongue-twisting alphabet song “A to G” are much rawer and deeper — and just plain better — than most any underground-rap crew could manage. And as good as these tracks are, the raps are even better. Chief Xcel and Gift of Gab stay deep in the groove, switching between straight-ahead solo rhyming, sing-speak vocals, and one-two choruses with almost as many rapping styles as there are tracks. There’s just a little too much material here — 19 tracks spread across 74 minutes — but Nia is an excellent tribute to the growing vitality of the rap underground. – John Bush

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