The Gift of Gab

  • Oakland, CA, USA
Band: Cover Band: Original Rapper Hip-Hop

"The Gift of Gab Hip Hop rapper in Okaland"

We’ve traveled far with Gift of Gab over the years. When we first heard the venerated Oakland emcee’s voice with Blackalicious, it was a revelation — the opening salvo to nearly two decades of positive emanations, vivid storytelling, elastic rhymes and consistency through reinvention. Across three classic Blackalicious LPs, three praised solo records and 2008′s star-studded collaboration the Mighty Underdogs, not to mention the groundbreaking work of his label Quannum Projects, Gab has been a constant source of innovation and inspiration, giving us as much to mull over as bob our heads to. “At an early age, I chose the rapper I wanted to be,” says Gab. “I admired KRS-One and Chuck D because they made me feel like being positive even in a negative environment.” “I love making albums,” says Gab. “To me, it’s like making a movie or writing a play, creating a body of work. If you have the ability to do that, why would you ever stop?”

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