westcoast rapper chief xcel & dj gift of the gab met at highschool. they are affiliated to the quannum projects of dj shadow and latryx. blackalicious produce humorous and intelligent lyrics, amongst other things speaking of the sell out of hip hop. at the turn of the millennium mainstream hip hop managed for the first time to out-sell traditional rock and pop charts in the us. in the age of information overflow blackalicious warn against the loss of identity. the boys are far from hard machismo, what serious hardcore rapper what call himself blackalicious? the album "nia" is out on mo wax.


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