ALBUM REVIEW: Blackalicious – Imani Vol. 1 | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Caroline International

Released: 16.10.15

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You have to have some real guts to make your rap name Gift of Gab. Luckily, Blackalicious’ premier rhyme-weaver hasn’t lost the knack for multisyllabic and tongue-twisting lyrics on the duo’s first album in ten years. Gab intelligently spins his words on the themes of time and belief, in between the occasional barbed comment; his ferocious nature on Blacka is truly something no rap fan should miss out on. Of course, producer Xcel’s soulful and infectious slabs of funk also make Imani Vol. 1 a ton of fun. His beats really come to a head on the bass-heavy Ashes To Ashes and the nostalgic, frenetic horns and warped synth blasts of Inspired By. In Swahili, ‘Imani’ means ‘faith’. Blackalicious are keeping it strong.

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