Blackalicious To Re-Release "Melodica" EP, Including Bonus Song On July 31

Exclusive: One of '90s West Coast Rap's most coveted indie releases will be nationally-distributed this month, featuring early work by Latyrx and DJ Shadow.

Sacramento, California Hip Hop duo Blackalicious has announced plans to re-release their early '90s EP, Melodica. The 1994 Solesides Records seven-track release (reportedly first sold a year prior on limited edition cassette tape) was long considered a Rap rarity, with copies selling for over $100 at retailers. HipHopDX has learned that on July 31, Black Mines Records will re-release the project made by Gift Of Gab and Chief Xcel.

Melodica features early production from Quannum Projects affiliate DJ Shadow, as well as an appearance from Latyrx (billed as "Lateef The Truthspeaker and Asia Born"). The re-release will feature the song, "Changes," which was on limited vinyl release, and boasts production by Xcel, Shadow and UNKLE's James Levelle.

"Changes" premiered today (July 17) on HipHopDX.

Blackalicious revealed plans for another album in the future. The pair, who performed at 2012's South By Southwest Music Festival, last released The Craft in 2005. Gift Of Gab's third solo album, The Next Logical Progression, was released earlier this year.

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5 Comments

  • DuB

    I have heard Blackalicious more recently and really like the style. Deception is one of my favs, look forward to hearing these songs!

  • Sac-Town 4 Life

    Make You Feel That Way = Best Blackalicious song WETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT BITCH

  • Sac-Town 4 Life

    OMG!!! I gotta have this shit

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  • Anonymous

    interesting, might cop

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