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Blackalicious frontman Gift of Gab has a bone to pick with upstart MCs who ignore content in favor of empty brags. On The Next Logical Progression, he dishes out razor-keen rhymes with a literate yet street-honed edge all too rare in rap these days. Gab wears his old-school cred as a badge of honor as he surrounds himself with classic soul sounds: the Isaac Hayes–style horn-and-piano interplay of “Toxic” and the shimmering synth waves on “Wack but Good People” show a strong affection for vintage R&B. The presence of funk patriarch George Clinton on “Everything Is Fine” is yet another acknowledgement of his roots. But Gab seems more concerned with the sorry state of 21st-century rap than in celebrating yesterday’s glory. “Protocol” combines an aggressive stance with a sweetly sung chorus (featuring Samantha Kravitz), while “Rise” sinks its teeth into today’s shallow rappers. Combined with these critiques are gritty word-sketches like “Market & 8th” and uplifting messages like “Beyond Logic.” “Every breath is heaven-sent/the past is irrelevant,” Gab asserts in “So So Much” over a summery groove.

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Best man standing.

There is a reason why I follow, listen and love someone for YEARS.

another gift from the gift of gab

the gift of gab has done it again. great album from begining to end. his positve outlook on life shines through and i love how this dude really makes you use your brain. well done and i cant wait for the new blackalicious album which should be dropping soon.


Best rapper alive.


Born: Vicksburg, MS

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s

Gift of Gab made his name as the technically adept MC in the vaunted underground rap duo Blackalicious, in partnership with producer/DJ Chief Xcel. Born Tim Parker, he grew up mostly in Pacoima, part of L.A.'s San Fernando Valley region, but attended high school in Sacramento. There he first met Chief Xcel (born Xavier Mosley) in 1987. Parker, then calling himself Tiny T or Gabby T, was already developing keen skills as a battle MC, and he and Mosley teamed up the following year. After graduating,...
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