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Black's Magic

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Audio CD, December 8, 1992
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Striking the perfect balance between the B-girl breakbeats of their early recordings and the svelte R&B jams of 1993's Very Necessary, Salt-N-Pepa's third album is a masterstroke. A loose concept album concerned with African American empowerment and feminist enlightenment, Blacks' Magic is a funky wake-up call for both mind and body, exhorting listeners to, by turns, "work that body" ("Expression") and "put some faith in your race" ("Negro Wit' an Ego"). Elsewhere, SNP celebrate the transformative power of music ("Blacks' Magic") and insist on sociopolitical taboo removal ("Let's Talk About Sex"). Throughout, longtime SNP producer Hurby Luv Bug underpins the ladies' charged flow-a-thons with high-tech samplescapes and streamlined grooves. --Greg Siegel


Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 8, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: London / Umgd
  • ASIN: B000001FHC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,846 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Truth on March 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is SNP's best album. I am baffled why there has been no release of SNP's greatest hits or even a re-issue of "Blacks' Magic".

I think that just as Biggie's "Ready to Die" was issued on the 10th anniversary, "Blacks' Magic" deserves a 15th anniversary edition. Here are the bonus tracks I would add:

14. You Showed Me (Suburban Club Mix)

15. Let's Talk About Sex (single remix)

16. Do You Want Me (single version f/ Herby "Luvbug" Azor)

17. Expression (remix)

18. Independent (remix)

19. Let's Talk About AIDS (PSA)

20. You Showed Me (Urban Club Mix) [single/video version]

And maybe some soundtrack entries or live recordings from this era would be good, too. One thing I would caution - or maybe wonder aloud - is that there are different versions of this album. I got mine in 1990 when the album first came out, but later versions (post-pop exposure) had different versions of the songs, including the single/video version of "Let's Talk About Sex" - which along with "Do You Want Me" and "You Showed Me" have original album versions much different than what was heard on the radio or television.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Norfeest VINE VOICE on July 2, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I guess the title says it all. If you're buying this album in search of SNP hits that you heard on the radio, you may be in for a bit of a letdown. Most of these songs are great and contain pretty much the same beats as their remixes, but they haven't been tweaked, so they're don't make for the same experience. "Do You Want Me" is still fun to listen to 16 years after its release. "You Showed Me", "Expression", "Let's Talk About Sex", and "Independent" are all classic cuts -- but, like I said, they all have remixes or alternate versions that are WAY, WAY better. Who knows, maybe there's a rerelease with the remixes attached, but my copy is an original pressing and doesn't include those brilliant cuts. There is a remix album out there from this group, so they may be included on that album. Other standouts like "Live & Let Die" and "I Don't Know" bolster an already solid album. Production is handled mostly by Hurby "Luv Bug" Azor. You know his resume' already (Kid N' Play, Salt & Pepa, Dana Dane, Sweet Tee, etc...), so you can expect that phat late 80's/early 90's style production. Salt, Pepa, Spinderella, and Stevee O also contribute some beats.

There are a few filler tracks on the album though. "Negro Wit' An Ego, despite a great message, isn't anything memorable. "Swift", "Start The Party", and "I Like To Party" are definitely skip material. The title track suffers from some questionable production from Spinderella. The rest of the album is pretty good.

Blacks' Magic is probably the best representation of Salt & Pepa at their peak. They would go on to have more hits, but none of their following albums are as well put together as this one. About half of this album is nothing but classic tracks. I recommend checking this one out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 12, 1998
Format: Audio CD
For me, if I find three tracks on a CD I really like, the CD is a winner. "Blacks' Magic" does better than that, but I'd have bought it just for Do You (Really) Want Me (Baby), a funky piece that gets me moving every time. Turn it on and you just can't sit still. Let's Talk About Sex and Expression are also strong if you're looking to pump up the jam... they all mix pop and hip-hop grooves that get you to dancin'. Highly recommended.
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By A Customer on November 17, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Blacks' Magic from Salt-N-Pepa is a very well done piece of work. The ladies really shine on this one! And we even hear Spinderella's rap vocals on a few of the songs such as "Negro wit' An Ego" and "I Don't Know" (feat. Play). I have had this album in my collection for a very long time, as this album is very old, yet still sounds great! The ladies get their point across in each track and really speak their minds, especially on "Negro Wit' An Ego." They really "express" themselves completely and don't put up with any crap, lettin men know they're "independent" and don't need them. And they also show they know how to party on songs "I Like To Party" and "Start The Party" I have 2 copies of this album and there happens to be two slightly diff versions of "Let's Talk About Sex." They're basically the same, the only difference is they start off on the intro differently. One goes: "Spinderella cut it up one time" and the other goes: "Hurb..."
This is a must have for any rap or hip hop fan. Salt-N-Pepa paved the way for many other female rap artists and groups. So keep in mind, when you diss them, you actually diss yourself! so show them respect and get this album today!
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By A Customer on March 16, 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The "Blacks'Magic" album really shines. Every song (track) is listenable (AT LEAST average quality). Most tracks are very good to excellent, and only a couple are average. There are NO tracks that require fast fowarding--unlike the disapointing album "Very Necessary"--> which had a couple HUGE hits but MANY bad tracts. The only other Salt N Pepa album that I enjoed every track is their last and best album, "Brand New". My favorite tracks in "Black's Magic": (in no particular order) include: "Doper Than Dope", "Negro Wit An Ego","You Showed Me", "Do You Want Me", "Swift", and "I Like To Party". Its rare to find an album with so many good tracks, but its even more rare to find an album with NO bad tracks. This album delivers big time!
In summary, the Salt N Pepa albums that start with the letter "B" are the ones to buy first. "Blacks' Magic" and "Brand New" are the two best Salt N Pepa albums in my opinion, and both albums deliver quality on every single tract.
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