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Blazing Arrow is the second studio album by American hip hop duo Blackalicious. It was released on MCA Records on April 30, 2002.

Blazing Arrow
Blackalicious Album Blazing Arrow.jpeg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 30, 2002 (2002-04-30)
GenreHip hop
Length74:24
LabelMCA
ProducerChief Xcel, Questlove, DJ Shadow, Hi-Tek, Ben Harper, Cut Chemist
Blackalicious chronology
Nia
(1999)
Blazing Arrow
(2002)
The Craft
(2005)

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [1]
Blender     [2]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[3]
The Guardian     [4]
Los Angeles Times    [5]
NME6/10[6]
Pitchfork9.3/10[7]
Q     [8]
Rolling Stone     [9]
Spin6/10[10]

Steve Huey of AllMusic gave the album 4.5 stars out of 5, saying: "All the pieces add up to not just one of the best rap albums of 2002, but one of the richest, most captivating albums to emerge from hip-hop's artsy new underground."[1] Chris Dahlen of Pitchfork called it "one of those classic summer albums that crams in so much sound and so much life that listening to it is like going to a block party, all-day concert and a family reunion all at the same time."[7]

Pitchfork placed it at number 46 on the "Top 50 Albums of 2002" list.[11] Exclaim! listed it as one of the Top Ten albums of 2002.[12] Kludge included it on their list of best albums of 2002.[13]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."Introduction: Bow and Fire"Chief Xcel1:06
2."Blazing Arrow"Chief Xcel2:40
3."Sky Is Falling"Chief Xcel2:26
4."First in Flight" (featuring Gil Scott-Heron)Chief Xcel4:32
5."Green Light: Now Begin"Chief Xcel3:12
6."4000 Miles" (featuring Chali 2na and Lateef the Truth Speaker)Chief Xcel4:35
7."Nowhere Fast" (featuring Tenashus)Chief Xcel, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson6:41
8."Paragraph President"Chief Xcel, DJ Shadow5:09
9."It's Going Down" (featuring Lateef the Truth Speaker and Keke Wyatt)Chief Xcel, Hi-Tek3:44
10."Make You Feel That Way"Chief Xcel3:26
11."Brain Washers" (featuring Ben Harper)Chief Xcel, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals6:22
12."Chemical Calisthenics" (featuring Cut Chemist)Cut Chemist3:21
13."Aural Pleasure" (featuring Jaguar Wright and Lifesavas)Chief Xcel4:47
14."Passion" (featuring Rakaa and DJ Babu)Chief Xcel3:54
15."Purest Love"Chief Xcel4:03
16."Release" (featuring Zack de la Rocha, Saul Williams, Lyrics Born, and Sela Kerr)Chief Xcel9:26
17."Day One"Chief Xcel4:52

ChartsEdit

Chart Peak
position
US Billboard 200[14] 49
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[15] 33

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Huey, Steve. "Blazing Arrow – Blackalicious". AllMusic. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  2. ^ Levine, Robert. "Blackalicious: Blazing Arrow". Blender. Archived from the original on August 20, 2004. Retrieved July 6, 2016.
  3. ^ Serpick, Evan (May 17, 2002). "Blazing Arrow". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
  4. ^ Lynskey, Dorian (June 14, 2002). "Blackalicious: Blazing Arrow (MCA)". The Guardian. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
  5. ^ Baker, Soren (May 5, 2002). "Blackalicious, 'Blazing Arrow,' MCA". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
  6. ^ "Blackalicious: Blazing Arrow". NME: 29. June 15, 2002.
  7. ^ a b Dahlen, Chris (May 29, 2002). "Blackalicious: Blazing Arrow". Pitchfork. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  8. ^ "Blackalicious: Blazing Arrow". Q (193): 120. August 2002.
  9. ^ Blashill, Pat (July 4, 2002). "Blackalicious: Blazing Arrow". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on August 18, 2006. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  10. ^ Lemon, Damien (June 2002). "Blackalicious: Blazing Arrow". Spin. 18 (6): 111. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
  11. ^ "Top 50 Albums of 2002 (page 1 of 5)". Pitchfork. January 1, 2003. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  12. ^ Cowie, Del F. (January 1, 2006). "Next Shit - Top Ten: 2002 Year in Review". Exclaim!. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  13. ^ "The Best of 2002". Kludge. Archived from the original on July 22, 2004. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
  14. ^ "Blackalicious: Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  15. ^ "Blackalicious: Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 17, 2018.

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