Blackalicious, The Craft

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

The Craft

The wordsmith champions at their most limber and ambitious.

Back-in-the-day Sac-town buds Gift of Gab and Chief Xcel are Blackalicious: backpacking West Coast hip-hoppers, rhythmic wordsmiths, underground players, creators of an alphabet song that would make Big Bird jealous ("A to G"). The Craft is the duo's third record, and arguably the most rock-influenced — check "Powers" for a taste. Hip-hop heads have been anticipating this one for months; the rest of ya'll would be remiss to sleep on this one.