James Ferris of the Pittsburgh City Paper chatted with Blackalicious members Chief Xcel and Gift of Gab. Explaining why they went with MCA, Gab said, “The reason we went with MCA is, number one, their roster — the groups that they have, like Common and the Roots. We could see they knew somewhat how to market a group more … like us. Also, they were able to give us all of our creative control. … [T]hey were the only label willing to come to us like that.”
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