Gift of Gab (rapper)
|Gift of Gab|
|Birth name||Timothy Parker|
|Born||1971/1972 (age 41/42)
Panorama City, Los Angeles, California
|Genres||Alternative hip hop
Underground hip hop
Indie hip hop
|Associated acts||Chief Xcel
Lateef the Truthspeaker
Timothy Parker, better known by his stage name Gift of Gab, is an American rapper best known for performing in the Bay Area hip hop duo Blackalicious along with DJ Chief Xcel. He is also a member of Quannum Projects, a Bay Area hip hop crew and record label, and has performed and recorded as a solo artist.
Gift of Gab is often praised by critics for his rapping skills – Allmusic says he is “one of the very finest MCs to ever pick up a microphone”, “one of the best underground rappers in the business”, “his raps are jam-packed with internal rhymes, allusions, metaphors, ten-cent words, and amazing tongue-twisting feats of skill”, and he has been able to “redefine the art of lyrical technique”. Peter Shapiro describes him as “a walking encyclopedia of MCing styles”, Pitchfork Media refers to his “astonishing verbal dexterity and enunciation”, Popmatters says he has a “nearly impenetrable reputation for style and innovation”, and Stylus Magazine calls him “one of the top MCs in the game”.
Gift of Gab is featured on Galactic's album From the Corner to the Block (2007). He collaborated with DJ Z-Trip on the track "Go Hard" for the All-Pro Football 2K8 Soundtrack. He also released The Prelude EP with Lateef the Truthspeaker and Headnodic as The Mighty Underdogs. He went on to do a song called "All In" with The Grouch & Eligh. He is also featured on the track "The People Tree" on the 2009 N.A.S.A. release "The Spirit of Apollo".
In 2002, Gift of Gab contributed to Red Hot + Riot: The Music and Spirit of Fela Kuti, a compilation CD released by the Red Hot Organization in tribute to the music and work of Nigerian musician, Fela Kuti, that raised money for various charities devoted to raising AIDS awareness and fighting the disease. He collaborated with hip hop artist Lateef the Truthspeaker to remake Fela Kuti's song, "Kalakuta Show."
In addition to this, Gift of Gab collaborated with Del the Funky Homosapien and Brother Ali on the track "Dreamin'" on his solo album, Escape 2 Mars, as well as making tracks with DJ Vadim, Cut Chemist, Ben Harper and Chali 2na of Jurassic 5.
He recently set his voice on DJ Oil's tracks Black Notes and Rock it.
- Quannum Spectrum (1999) (with Lyrics Born, Lateef the Truth Speaker, DJ Shadow, Chief Xcel, et al., as Quannum Projects)
- Nia (1999) (with Chief Xcel, as Blackalicious)
- Blazing Arrow (2002) (Blackalicious)
- 4th Dimensional Rocketships Going Up (2004)
- The Craft (2005) (Blackalicious)
- Droppin' Science Fiction (2008) (with Lateef the Truth Speaker & Headnodic, as The Mighty Underdogs)
- Escape 2 Mars (2009)
- The Next Logical Progression (2012)
- Emoni (2014) (Blackalicious)
- Melodica (1994) (Blackalicious)
- A2G EP (1999) (Blackalicious)
- The Prelude (2007) (The Mighty Underdogs)
- The Sun Giver (2013) (Blackalicious)
- Supreme Lyricism (2006)
- Solesides Greatest Bumps (2000) (Quannum Projects)
- "Swan Lake / Lyric Fathom" (1994) (Blackalicious)
- "A to G / Alphabet Aerobics (The Cut Chemist 2 1/2 Minute Workout)" (1999) (Blackalicious)
- "Deception" (1999) (Blackalicious)
- "If I May / Reanimation" (2000) (Blackalicious)
- "Passion" (2001) (Blackalicious)
- "It's Going Down (Sit Back)" (2002) (Blackalicious)
- "Art of Mind / Just What Can Happen" (2002) (Blackalicious)
- "Blazing Arrow" (2002) (Blackalicious)
- "Make You Feel That Way" (2002) (Blackalicious)
- "Wizzy Wow / It's Going Down" (2002) (Blackalicious, with Blackstreet)
- "The Writz / Just Because" (2003)
- "Rat Race / Real MCs" (2004)
- "Your Move" (2005) (Blackalicious)
- "Rhythm Sticks" (2005) (Blackalicious)
- "Powers" (2006) (Blackalicious)
- "Want You Back" (2008) (The Mighty Underdogs)
- Latyrx - "Burning Hot in Cali on a Saturday Night" from Latyrx (The Album) (1997)
- New Flesh - "Communicate" from Understanding (2002)
- DJ Vadim - "Combustible" from U.S.S.R. The Art of Listening (2002)
- Lyrics Born - "Cold Call" from Later That Day (2003)
- Crown City Rockers - "Fortitude" from Earthtones (2004)
- Troublemakers - "Everywhere Is My Home", "And Music Everywhere", and "Race Records" from Express Way (2004)
- Zion I - "Stranger in My Home" from True & Livin' (2005)
- Zion I - "Yes Yes" from Break a Dawn (2006)
- Motion Man - "One Time for Your Mind" from Pablito's Way (2006)
- G. Love - "Banger" from Lemonade (2006)
- The Grouch & Eligh - "All In" from Say G&E! (2009)
- N.A.S.A. - "The People Tree" from The Spirit of Apollo (2009)
- Lyrics Born - "Pillz" from As U Were (2010)
- Raashan Ahmad - "Falling" from For What You've Lost (2011)
- Illus - "Better" from For Adam (2011)
- Playdough - "Franks & Beans" from Hotdoggin (2011)
- Medium - "Hologram" from Graal (2012)
- Lotus - "Another World" from Monks (2013)
- Latyrx - "Watershed Moment" from The Second Album (2013)
- Shapiro, Peter, 2005, The Rough Guide To Hip-Hop, 2nd Edition, Penguin, p. 308
- "Blackalicious: The Craft | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2005-09-29. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
- Stirling, Stephen. "Blackalicious: The Craft < PopMatters". Popmatters.com. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
- "Blackalicious - Blazing Arrow - Review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 2012-08-11.