Gift Of Gab (Blackalicious) | Interview
Gift Of Gab is an emcee from Los Angeles, CA, best known as a member of the legendary hip hop duo Blackalicious, along with DJ Chief Xcel. Gab is noted for tongue-twisting, multisyllabic, complex rhymes. The group was formed in the early 90s, while Xcel was working with a hip hop crew named SoleSides, alongside DJ Shadow, Lateef The Truth Speaker, and Lyrics Born. The record company released Blackalicious’ debut single “Swan Lake” in 1994, followed by Melodica EP in 1995. In 1997, SoleSides Records transformed into Quannum Records and released Blackalicious’ A2G EP in 1999. In 2000, Quannum released the group’s official debut album, Nia. After 8 years, Blackalicious signed with MCA. In 2002, Quannum/MCA released Blazing Arrow, with features from Zack de la Rocha (Rage Against the Machine), ?uestlove (The Roots), and Gil Scott-Heron. In 2004, Quannum released Gift Of Gab’s solo album, 4th Dimensional Rocketships Going Up, followed by the group’s third album, The Craft. Since then, Gab has released a solo mixtape, two albums with The Mighty Underdogs alongside Headnodic and Lateef The Truthspeaker, and two Blackalicious albums.