#TBT Don't compare me to the other rapper singers. Cause I was doing it before them all! When it wasn't as acceptable in hiphop outside of the exception of the great, Lauryn. I was also producing and writing my own music. Which not many artist could do. I'm not old, lol I just been in this game a long time, since I was a youngin! This is an old article that ran in Source mag, blaze mag and a few other hiphop ads. #Rawkus records, where true hiphop lived. #Mos#Kweli#pharoahmonch#Skillz#koolGRap#smiffandwesson
THROWBACK THURSDAY!! #WhatsNew - Gift Of Gab Launches Patreon Campaign For New EP "Rejoice! Rappers Are Rapping Again!" As the sole MC for beloved Bay Area Hip Hop duo Blackalicious, Gift of Gab has risen to notoriety thanks in part to his impeccable rhyming abilities coupled with undeniably brilliant wordplay. While on a tour stop in Frisco, Colorado, where he was performing at 9,075 ft. with his Quannum Projects family — Latryx, Lyrics Born, Chief Xcel (the other half of Blackalicious), singer Joyo Velarde — he had some time to explain the title of his forthcoming EP, Rejoice! Rappers Are Rapping Again!, which he announced in January.
“I’m a big fan of lyricism,” Gab tells HipHopDX. “I’m a big fan of Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, Kool G Rap — even the lyricists of today like Kendrick Lamar. It got to a point where it seemed like a lot of people weren’t focusing on it. I understand some people’s reference points are different and sometimes it’s just about party music — there’s nothing wrong with that. This is just my opinion.
“Lyricism is a lane in itself, but it’s a lane I love,” he adds. “It’s a craft that I really take seriously. I’m on some ‘lyricism is back’ tip. Not to say it was ever fully gone, but I’m hearing a lot of rappers who really care about what they’re doing as a wordsmith.”
Comprised of eight new tracks, Rejoice! Rappers Are Rapping Again! comes with minimal features, but of the two on the album, A-F-R-O and R.A. The Rugged Man (“Freedom Form Flowing”), both of their verses tie into Gab’s respect for lyricism.