Oliver Wang of LA Weekly reviewed the latest albums from indie underground acts Blackalicious and J-Live, giving both ‘Blazing Arrow’ and ‘All of the Above’ high marks. Wang said, “Like ‘All of the Above’, ‘Blazing Arrow’ takes a misstep in being too cameo-laden (nearly half of the songs feature guest performers), and some of the R&B/rap crossover tracks feel formulaic, especially the schlocky ‘Purest Love.’ But the album is such a fully realized vision. This is what the independents — current or former — were supposed to have been making all this time. It’s never too tardy to get the party started.”
Hua Hsu of the Boston Phoenix spoke with Blackalicious rapper Gift of Gab, who insists despite the influx of guests on the group’s latest album, ‘Blazing Arrow’ maintains the same organic mood of the duo. “It’s just us, man,” Gab enthuses. “Lyrically, it’s who I am, the thoughts that I have, how I see life and how I envision life can be. I just be me, you know what I mean? I just write what I feel. It’s almost like therapy sometimes, a way to get it out.” The full story at bostonphoenix.com has since been removed.
Joshunda Sanders of the San Francisco Chronicle checked in with local rappers Blackalicious ahead of the release of ‘Blazing Arrow’ on Tuesday. Xavier Mosley said of he and bandmate’s Tim Parker motivation, “Blackalicious signified the vision of what we wanted to be, explorers of soul.” Read more.
David Wollock of the Dallas Observer spoke with X from Blackalicious about the group’s latest album, ‘Blazing Arrow’ in which he described the group’s far cry from radio-friendly verses while still staying away from the underground faction that spends most of it’s time blasting mainstream rap. “A lot of times within rap,” offers X, “we spend too much time talking about what rap should be, instead of making it what it should be. With this record we didn’t really focus on the state of rap as we did the state of the world.” Read more.