Gift of Gab
DJ Vin Sol
Thu, February 17, 2011
Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pmThe Independent
$15.00 - $17.00
Tickets Available at the Door
This event is 21 and overhttp://www.theindependentsf.com/event/26261/
Gift of Gab
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, Parker returned to Los Angeles, but he and Mosley kept up their partnership by phone. While attending UC-Davis, Mosley fell in with a group of hip-hop eccentrics who became the SoleSides collective, and Parker moved up to the Bay Area to join him in 1991, now having settled on Gift of Gab as his hip-hop alter ego. Blackalicious issued their debut single, "Swan Lake," on SoleSides in 1994, and several more followed, establishing their underground reputation and leading to a tour of Europe. They began work on a full-length album, during which time SoleSides shut down and reconfigured itself as Quannum; however, the process was long and laborious, as Gift of Gab struggled with an alcohol problem that took several years to overcome. Finally, in 1999, Blackalicious re-emerged with the A2G EP, whose "Alphabet Aerobics" electrified the underground and marked Gift of Gab as a prodigious new talent. That talent was confirmed by Blackalicious' first two full-lengths, 2000's NIA and 2002's Blazing Arrow, which elevated him to the status of perhaps the most under-appreciated elite MC in hip-hop.
Lance Herbstrong cannot seem to be tamed. They began performing live and the reviews have been astonishing. After crushing sets at Lollapalooza and the after-parties, the pair were invited to play clubs and parties across the country. Originally, performing as a duo, Kamal and Bill recently added renowned guitarist Pete DiStefano (Porno for Pyros) and drummer/percussionist Ricky Gonzalez. The result has been glowing reviews of their tripped out eclectic sound-system. Just recently, they performed 4 shows in 3 days during the Austin City Limits Festival, including the Strokes after-party. Lance Herbstrong has now emerged as powerful contender with shake-your-ass thunder. Prepare your body and your mind - when the bass drops, the beats flows and that beautiful melody is just right, you're rocking some LANCE HERBSTRONG.
DJ Vin Sol