TravelGuides – Blackalicious Rapper Gift of Gab Dead at 50

TravelGuides – Blackalicious Rapper Gift of Gab Dead at 50

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Gift of Gab, the nimble rapper in Bay Area duo Blackalicious identified for his intelligent wordplay and difficult rhyming acrobatics, has died at the age of 50.

“It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear brother, Timothy J. Parker a.k.a. “The Gift of Gab,” the hip-hop collective Quannum introduced Friday. “Tim peacefully departed this earth to be with our ancestors on Friday, June 18, 2021. He is survived by two brothers, one sister, many nieces and nephews, countless friends, and fans across the globe. We ask that the family’s privacy is respected as we mourn the tremendous loss of our dear brother.”

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A consultant for Blackalicious confirmed to Rolling Stone that Parker died of pure causes. In latest years, the rapper suffered from kidney failure, present process dialysis a number of occasions every week till lastly receiving a brand new kidney in January 2020, which additionally marked Blackalicious’ last live performance previous to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Our brother was an MCs’ MC who dedicated his life to his craft. One of the greatest to ever do it,” Blackalicious DJ and Parker’s longtime pal and bandmate Xavier “Chief Xcel” Mosley stated in a press release. “He’s the most prolific person I’ve ever known. He was all about pushing the boundaries of his art form in the most authentic way possible. He truly believed in the healing power of music. He viewed himself as a vessel used by a higher power whose purpose was to give positive contributions to humanity through Rhyme.”

DJ Shadow, a frequent collaborator, shared a tribute on Instagram, writing, “Gab loved to think of life as just a momentary stage of a much longer journey and all its trials and tribulations as ‘training’ for the adventures to come after. If there’s one thing I know, wherever Gab is, he’s soaring right now.”

Born in Sacramento on October seventh, 1971, Parker attended highschool with Mosley within the California capital, finally forming Blackalicious whereas Mosley was a pupil at close by University of California Davis; it was there that the duo linked up with fellow Davis-area artists DJ Shadow and Lyrics Born.

After a sequence of EPs within the mid-Nineties — culminating with 1999’s A2G, that includes the duo’s most enduring and awe-inspiring monitor, “Alphabet Aerobics” — Blackalicious launched their acclaimed debut album in 1999, Nia. On “Alphabet Aerobics,” Gift of Gab showcased his sharp lyricism and unflappable, tongue-twisting supply, delivering an uninterrupted rap the place the primary letter of each phrase in every verse centered on a specific letter.

“Furious, fat, fabulous, fantastic / Flurries of funk felt, feeding the fanatics,” Parker rapped on the monitor. “Gift got great, global goods gone glorious / Gettin’ godly in his game with the goriest.” (Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe introduced the monitor again into the viral highlight in 2014 when he impressively performed “Alphabet Aerobics” on The Tonight Show.)

Blackalicious signed with then-main label MCA for his or her second album, 2002’s Blazing Arrow, that includes company like Gil Scott-Heron, Ben Harper, Cut Chemist (who produced “Alphabet Aerobics” and the album’s quasi-sequel “Chemical Calisthenics”) and Rage Against the Machine’s Zack de la Rocha.

While Blackalicious would solely launch two extra albums collectively — 2005’s The Craft and 2015’s crowdfunded Imani Vol. 1 — the duo would stay lively, touring most lately in 2020. Gift of Gab additionally launched a trio of solo albums, most lately 2012’s The Next Logical Progression, and LPs with the Bay Area supergroups Quannum MCs and the Mighty Underdogs.

At the time of his dying, Parker left behind over 100 tracks for future Blackalicious releases. “Some of those were already slated for the next release, but more of Gab’s lyrical genius will be heard for years to come,” a rep stated in a press release saying Parker’s dying.

Blackalicious’ and Parker’s longtime supervisor Brian Ross added in a press release, “He was one of the most positive human beings I have ever known and always looking toward the future. He was endlessly brimming with new ideas, philosophical perspectives, and thoughts about the future. He was always ready to learn, grow and engage in a deep conversation about things he was less familiar with. A simple conversation with him about nearly anything could take you places you would never have expected.”

Blackalicious – “First in Flight”

Blackalicious – “Deception”

Gift of Gab – “Freedom Form Flowing”

Blackalicious – “Alphabet Aerobics” Live

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