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Blackalicious

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Blackalicious is an American alternative hip hop duo. Gift of Gab and Chief Xcel formed the group in the early 1990s and released their first recording, "Swan Lake", on SoleSides Records. The SoleSides Crew consisted of the two and friends of theirs who all met at UC Davis, including DJ Shadow, Latyrx (Consisting of MCs Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truth Speaker). The single was an underground hit, but label trouble kept Blackalicious from immediately capitalizing on their fame.

In 2000, SoleSides became Quannum Projects and Blackalicious released Nia, their debut full length. This was followed by a major label contract with MCA Records and the release of the critically acclaimed album Blazing Arrow in 2002.

In May 2004 Gift of Gab released his first solo album, but he assured fans that Blackalicious was alive and well.

The group has a new album, entitled "The Craft", coming out on Epitaph Records imprint ANTI-. The album is slated for release on September 27, 2005.

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