Gift of Gab Bio/Wiki
Gift of Gab, the nimble rapper of Bay Area duo Blackalicious, has died at the age of 50. He was famed for his creative wordplay and complex rhyming gymnastics. Parker was diagnosed with kidney failure in 2014, and while on tour, he had dialysis three times a week.
In 2020, the rapper received a kidney transplant, but despite the success of the procedure, he was unable to fully recover. In a press release, his label, Quanuum, announced the news.
He was 50 years old.
Parker was born on October 7th, 1971, in Sacramento, California, and attended high school with Mosley there before forming Blackalicious while Mosley was a student at nearby University of California Davis.
It was there that the duo teamed up with fellow Davis-area artists DJ Shadow and Lyrics Born to form Blackalicious. After a series of EPs in the mid-nineties, culminating in 1999’s A2G, which featured the duo’s most enduring and awe-inspiring single, “Alphabet Aerobics,” Blackalicious released Nia, their critically acclaimed debut album.
Gift of Gab demonstrated his razor-sharp lyricism and unflappable, tongue-twisting delivery on “Alphabet Aerobics,” performing an uninterrupted rhyme in which the initial letter of each phrase in each verse centered on a certain letter.
Despite the fact that Blackalicious only released two more albums together — 2005’s The Craft and 2015’s crowdfunded Imani Vol. 1 — the pair remained active, most recently touring in 2020.
Gift of Gab has also released LPs with the Bay Area supergroups Quannum MCs and the Mighty Underdogs, as well as a trilogy of solo albums, the most recent of which was The Next Logical Progression in 2012.
How Did Rapper Gift of Gab Die? (Death Cause)
Parker died of natural causes on June 18, 2021, according to a representative for Blackalicious, according to Rolling Stone.
The rapper had kidney problems in previous years and was on dialysis numerous times a week before acquiring a new kidney in January 2020, which also happened to be Blackalicious’s penultimate show before the Covid-19 pandemic.
Quannum said in a statement, “It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear brother,”
“Tim peacefully departed this earth to be with our ancestors on Friday, June 18, 2021. He is survived by two brothers, one sister, many nieces and nephews, countless friends, and fans across the globe. We ask that the family’s privacy is respected as we mourn the tremendous loss of our dear brother.”
My statement regarding the passing of Timothy Jerome “The Gift Of Gab” Parker. pic.twitter.com/f5VS5N1zdc
— DJ Shadow Official (@djshadow) June 25, 2021