Gift of Gab is one of the top lyricists, wordsmiths and freestylers from the late 90s West Coast underground scene, and he is set to release his third solo album, The Next Logical Progression, on March 27th. NPR’s article includes links to stream the entire album, as well as a review of the material and Gift of Gab himself.
Gab has never been hugely famous, but he’s certainly been widely respected and influential. He’s not prolific, but he’s been paying attention, so bits and pieces of rappers like Kentucky’s Nappy Roots, New York’s J-Live and Atlanta’s Big Boi bubble up here, just as he does in their songs. This West Coast rapper puts word choice first, then molds his selections’ sounds around his rhyme scheme.
Make sure and give the new tracks a listen, and if you are still skeptical about his talents, check this out.
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