Nia (album) explained

Nia
Type:Album
Artist:Blackalicious
Released:1999 (Mo 'Wax)
February 8, 2000 (Quannum)
Recorded:1999
Genre:Hip Hop
Length:74:01
Label:Mo' Wax / Quannum Projects
Producer:Chief Xcel
DJ Shadow
Lyrics Born
Reviews:
Last Album:A2G EP
(1999)
This Album:Nia
(2000)
Next Album:Blazing Arrow
(2002)

Nia is the debut full-length album by American hip hop duo Blackalicious, released in Europe in late 1999 by Mo' Wax and later released in the United States by Quannum Projects with a slightly altered track list.

Track listing

TitleTimeProducer(s)Performer(s)Sample(s)
1"Searching"1:48Chief XcelGift Of Gab
  • Featuring Erin Anova
  • Contains a sample of "Forty-Nine Reasons" by Julius Brockington
2"The Fabulous Ones"2:59Chief XcelGift Of Gab
3"Do This My Way"4:48Lyrics BornGift Of Gab
  • Featuring Lyrics Born
4"Deception"5:10Chief XcelGift Of Gab
  • Contains a sample of "Burnin Love" by Black Grass
5"A to G"2:23Chief XcelGift Of Gab
  • Contains a sample of "I Walk on Guilded Splinters" (Drums) by Johnny Jenkins
6"Cliff Hanger"6:20DJ ShadowGift Of Gab
  • Contains a sample of "Take my Emptiness" by David Oliver
7"Shallow Days"4:19Chief XcelGift Of Gab
8"Ego Trip by Nikki Giovanni"1:43Chief XcelGift Of Gab
  • Featuring Erin Anova
9"You Didn't Know That Though"4:34Chief XcelGift Of Gab
  • Contains a sample of "Der Blaue Planet" by Karat
10"If I May"3:55Chief XcelGift Of Gab
  • Featuring Erin Anova
    Lateef
  • Contains a sample of "Swallow Your Dreams" by Alan Ross
11"Dream Seasons"3:44Chief XcelGift Of Gab
12"Trouble (Eve of Destruction)"4:48Chief XcelGift Of Gab
13"Smithzonian Institute of Rhyme"4:27Chief XcelGift Of Gab
  • Contains a sample of "Colonial Mentality" by Fela Kuti
14"As the World Turns"4:23Chief XcelGift Of Gab
  • Featuring Lateef
  • Contains a sample of "Useless Information" by The Move
15"Reanimation"5:40Chief XcelGift Of Gab
16"Beyonder"4:05Chief XcelGift Of Gab
17"Making Progress"3:10Chief XcelGift Of Gab
  • Contains a sample of "Take my Emptiness" by David Oliver
18"Sleep"3:53Chief XcelGift Of Gab
  • Contains a sample of "Sweet Beginnings" by Baba Yaga
19"Finding"1:53Chief XcelGift Of Gab

Trivia

Reception

Nia received extremely positive reviews from music critics such as Rapreviews.coms Steve Juon, who said "This album is the answer to the question, "What's been lacking in hip-hop lately?."[1] .Allmusic gave it a near perfect rating of 4.5/5 calling it "It's an album that stakes the claim of Chief Xcel and Gift of Gab as not only the best pair of rappers in the underground, but also the best pair of producers."[2] PopMatters added that it "renews your faith in the power and potential of hip-hop."[3] Daily Vault's Ben Ehrenreich gave the album an "A" and said:[4]

References

  1. News: Juon. Steve. Blackalicious :: Nia :: Quannum. Rapreviews.com. April 6, 2000.
  2. News: John. Bush. Nia. Allmusic.
  3. News: Patrick. Jones. Blackalicious: Nia PopMatters Music Review. PopMatters.
  4. News: Ehrenreich. Ben. The Daily Vault Album Reviews: Nia. Daily Vault. 2007-01-24.

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