Tag Archive: “Blackalicious”

New Mexico hip-hop artist Wake Self has teamed with Gift of Gab (from Blackalicious), to deliver, “Change the World,” which was produced by SmokeM2D6 of Oldominion, The track takes aim at various culture trends in society, which Wake Self believes hold back the human race, including social media, entertainment, celebrity worship, and other catalysts that distract the masses.

Wake Self had this to say about the collaboration:

“I think about all the time we spend as a human race being distracted with all those thing and how it keeps us from getting to the root of our own problems. If we can see the bigger picture and really examine our reality, and how our thinking patterns relate to it, maybe we can have a chance to change the world.”

“It’s a great feeling for me to work with both Smoke and Gab, two artists I’ve looked up to for a long time,” he added. “I appreciate both of their contributions to Hip Hop and have always been impressed by the dedication they put into their craft.”

The concept for the collaboration emerged while Wake Self toured with Gab in 2014. The two talked about doing a track together.

“This was actually the first beat I sent Gab from Smoke and he immediately said he wanted to use it. He actually did his verse first and I heard it and bounced of the content he had put together. It’s always a blessing when you can rock a track with artists who’ve inspired you over the years.”

The song is aimed at various culture trends in society that Wake believes holds us back, including

In conjunction with the unveiling of “Change the World,” Wake has announced his sophomore album, Malala, will drop August 24, 2016. As the follow-up to 2014’s Good Things Happen to Those Who Wake, Wake has been working on Malala for the past two years.

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Best Albums (in alphabetical order):

Beach House– Depression Cherry

Blackalicious – Imani Vol. 1

Built to Spill- Untethered Moon

Cut Chemist- Funk Off Megamix

Dam Funk- Invite the Light

Egyptian Lover- 1984

Erykah Badu- But You Cain’t Use My Phone

Modest Mouse- Strangers to Ourselves

Public Enemy- Man Plans, God Laughs

The Good Life- Everybody’s Coming Down


Best Albums (in alpahbetical order):
Blackalicious – Imani Vol. 1
They’re back. Rejoice.


Circus Devils – Stomping Grounds
Circus Devils aren’t for everyone. So what?


Czarface – Every Hero Needs a Villian
Superheroes, beats and spitting.


Andy Gabbard – Fluff
Guitar, brah. Guitar.


Colleen Green – I Want to Grow Up
The soundtrack to being 30-something.


Mac McCaughan – Non-Believers
Portastatic, Superchunk, Go Back Snowball – whatever the name, I’m in if Mac’s in.


Motel Beds – Mind Glitter
Full disclosure: I work for them. Doesn’t change a thing.


High on Fire – Luminiferous
The time is nigh. Enter in.


Liturgy – The Ark Work
Amazing explorations in black metal.


Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss
Devastatingly heavy while simultaneously beautiful.


Best Reissue: Leatherface – Razorblades and Asprin
These albums have all been out-of-print and prohibitively over-priced for too long.


Best Comic: Descender
Getting impatient waiting for the next issue of Saga? Descender is more then a stop-gap as Lemire remains one of the best writers working today.


Best Game: Mysterium
Like Clue for adults. If marketed correctly, this could reach Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne levels of popularity.


Best Show: Difficult People
Billy Eichner’s characters can seem so larger then life, it’s fun to see a more toned down version here. The casting is amazing and so is the writing. Hardly a misstep.


Best Podcast: We Watch Wrestling
Matt, Vince and Tom are equal parts ambassadors and sherpas into the world of professional wrestling. They’re really funny too. Sometimes the guys go pretty deep down the rabbit hole of explaining their last trip to PWG, but it’s understandable – seeing PWG live sounds incredible.

Just in time for the holidays, it’s Ghettoblaster #42. This issue features interviews from Lucero, Blackalicious, Battles, Baroness, Saul Williams, Big Grams, Silversun Pickups, Craig Finn, The Good Life, great Comedy Central shows Nathan For You and Moonbeam City, Sex Criminals illustrator Chip Zdarksy, comedian and WeWatchWrestling host, Matt McCarthy, a 3-page comic live review of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and so, so, so much more! Order online soon or grab one at your favorite record/book shop.

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Bay Area hip-hop duo Blackalicious announced a return early next year with some tour dates.  Gift of Gab and DJ Excel will head out on the road in January.  Here they are:

1/17-18 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
1/19 Aspen, CO – Belly Up
1/25 Oakland, CA – The New Parish
1/26 Petaluma, CA – The Phoenix Theatre
2/1 Victoria, BC – Sugar Nightclub
2/3 Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
3/2 Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s

Score! #1: Boom Bip, Lady Sovereign, Gnarls Barkley, etc.

Today we bring to you a new weekly (hopefully) feature: Score!

Our investigative reporters are constantly on location looking for the best deals on used music. Read on to find out what we scored at a recent record shop outing and how cheap we got our goods.

Buyer: David Obenour, managing editor of our print mag and all-around awesome guy

The Score:

  • BeansTomorrow Right Now
  • BlackaliciousNIA
  • Boom BipBlue Eyed in the Red Room
  • Boom BipSeed to Sun
  • DJ Nu-Mark & PompBlend Crafters
  • Gnarls BarkleySt. Elsewhere
  • Lady SovereignPublic Warning
  • Soul PositionUnlimited EP
  • Vast Aire & Mighty MiThe Best Damn Rap Show

Total cost: Only $19

Purchased at:
Allied Record Exchange
1710 South Reynolds Road

Toledo, OH 43614
(419) 861-1605

Comments: This store is crazy! Used to always stop there on my way home from college (even becoming a semi-regular despite the fact home and school were both hours away). Back then I’d always raid the “Budget Indie” section with great success. Fast forward five years (am I really getting that old?), my hip-hop tastes have increased and I figured, “Why not stop by again and check out the then neglected ‘Budget Hip-Hop’ section?” As you can tell, I was not disappointed!