Blackalicious' 'Arrow' Spears De La Rocha, Harper
Underground hip-hop duo Blackalicious, comprised of lyricist the Gift of Gab and DJ/producer Chief Xcel, has drafted a stellar lineup of guests for its MCA debut, "Blazing Arrow," due April 30. The seUnderground hip-hop duo Blackalicious, comprised of lyricist the Gift of Gab and DJ/producer Chief Xcel, has drafted a stellar lineup of guests for its MCA debut, "Blazing Arrow," due April 30. The set -- the pair's first after several releases for the Solesides and Quannum Projects labels -- features former Rage Against The Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha, singer/songwriter Ben Harper, Dilated Peoples' Rakaa and DJ Babu, and Jaguar Wright, among others.
Other artists who have contributed include the Roots' ?uestlove, Jurassic 5's Cut Chemist and Chali 2Na, DJ Hi Tek, Cibo Matto's Miho Hatori, and DJ Shadow, with whom Blackalicious co-founded Quannum. Shadow, Money Mark, and members of Jurassic 5 appear in the video for first single "Make You Feel That Way," show recently in downtown Los Angeles by director Jeff Renfro.
"The goal has always been to get our music out there," Blackalicious' Gift of Gab recently told Billboard of the group's decision to jump to a major label. "MCA came along at the right time, and it felt like the right thing to do. It gives us a chance to get our music to a broader audience. We've been doing what we've been doing, and now it's our opportunity to use MCA as a vehicle to get our music exposed to people who we wouldn't have otherwise been able to reach."
As previously reported, Blackalicious is on the road with the SnoCore Icicle Ball tour, alongside Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Spearhead, Nikka Costa, Williams, Ozomatli, and Sector 9. The trek hits Park City, Utah, tonight (March 4).
Meanwhile, DJ Shadow will on May 21 release the long-awaited follow-up to 1996's "Endtroducing," which will also mark his first album for MCA. The set, titled "The Private Press," extends the artist's love of unconventional samples by building songs around tapes from amusement park recording booths he has acquired in recent years.