Blackalicious – Imani Vol. 1 on PledgeMusic

Blackalicious is coming out with a new album!

It’ll be their first in 10 years, and if you’re a Blackalicious fan you’ve been waiting about 9 of those years for the next album. It’s finally coming, and they’re turning to crowdfunding to help pay the costs of doing business. Check out their PledgeMusic page to see the dope rewards you can get and then drop some money to help make their dream (and my dream and their audience’s dreams) come true. Gift of Gab and Chief Xcel are some of the best in the game, and even though hip hop’s been real dope recently we could always use a new Blackalicious album.

Imani Vol. 1

Blackalicious - Imani Vol. 1The album will be called Imani Vol. 1, and it’ll be their 4th full album and their 1st since 2005’s The Craft. It’s already about 20% funded, even though there’s still almost a full 2 months left in the funding period. It’s good that it looks like it’ll be funded pretty quick, because it’s supposed to drop on August 14, 2015. The “Volume 1” also actually means something, because according to Gift of Gab this is the first album of a trilogy that will be released over the next 2 years. In other words, Blackalicious is coming back with a fucking bang, not just returning to making albums after 10 years but hitting it hard. Thank the lord, because 3 albums from the genius minds of Gift of Gab and Chief Xcel can make sure these other rappers don’t get lazy.


If the idea of a new Blackalicious album (somehow) isn’t enough to make you immediately pull out your wallet, well the rewards you can get will probably change your mind. For just $10, you can essentially pre-order the digital version of the album, and you get behind-the-scenes access to them making the project (You get these two things for donating anything over $10 too.) This right here is already a dope deal, because that’s how much the album will probably cost anyways, so you might as well chip in to the funding beforehand then just have your digital download waiting for you in August. For $25 you get a signed CD and for $40 a signed vinyl, and you can get dope signed posters and musical equipment, along with a day in the studio with Xcel. The rewards are getting snatched up pretty quick too, which is no surprise considering how dope Blackalicious is.

Supporting dope music

Blackalicious PledgeMusicFinally, if you don’t really care about any of the rewards and you aren’t that hype about the album, you should really support Blackalicious if you’re at all a fan of hip hop. These dudes are straight legends, and it’s a damn shame that labels don’t throw money at them to make whatever the fuck they want. They make real interesting hip hop while staying true to the genre, and a new album from them could really raise the level of competition we got going in hip hop right now. And as we all know (I mean, we saw what happened with Kendrick’s Control verse), competition is the best possible thing for hip hop. Throw in a few bucks, help out some hip hop legends along with their fans and help the general state of the game.

Chip in.

If you got a little bit of extra dough, throw it in to help out Gift of Gab and Chief Xcel. I know for some of y’all you gotta wait till payday tomorrow (like me), but the best thing to do with the first $10 of that direct deposit is pre-ordering what’s sure to be a dope album. Hit up PledgeMusic and fund some real dope hip hop.

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