Birth Place: United States
Years Active: 1992–present
Genres: Alternative Hip Hop, West Coast Hip Hop
Blackalicious is an experimental hip-hop duo from Sacramento, California that consists of rapper Gift of Gab, (Timothy Parker) and DJ/producer Chief Xcel, (Xavier Mosley). The duo is famous for their “tongue-twisting” positive lyrics and complex rhymes. Blackalicious came together in the early 1990s, as Parker and Mosley had known one another while still in high school. The duo met up again when they were in college and began working with the hip-hop crew, SoleSides, which consisted of DJ Shadow, Lateef the Truth Speaker, and Lyrics Born. The crew was part of SoleSides Records, who put out Blackalicious' debut single “Swan Lake” in 1994. The single became an underground buzz that ap...
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