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Nectar Presents

Friday Feb 08

Gift of Gab

at Nectar Lounge

8:00PM | 21+ | $10 Adv.

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Blackalicious released their first full-length album in 2000 titled NIA, a Swahili term that translates to “purpose”. The album was a compilation of creative and deeply moving tracks that reflected the turmoil the group had seen throughout their lives. The overwhelming popularity of NIA and A2G on the group's own small independent record label sparked a bidding war between larger record labels, one that MCA won in 2000 when Blackalicious signed with them. In April of 2002 the group released their second full-length album titled Blazing Arrow, one that consisted of many guest appearances including Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine and soul singer Gil Scott-Heron.

In early 2003 Parker underwent emergency eye surgery stemming from complications with his diabetes. After making a full recovery he began seeking outside influence and collaborators, a process that ultimately led him to begin a solo project that resulted in the 2004 release of 4th Dimensional Rocketships Going Up. The album officially solidified Parker’s position among the top emcees of his time. It gained mass popularity on college radio charts and was used in a popular Diet Coke commercial.

In 2005 Blackalicious released The Craft, an album inspired by the beats of Dr. Dre, the Bomb Squad, and A Tribe Called Quest. It contained such hits as Black Diamonds and Pearls as well as The Fall and Rise of Elliot Brown. The Craft quickly became yet another critically acclaimed album that proved Parker and Mosley were in fact still quite capable of putting together an album full of talent and hits.


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