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  • Born In

    Panorama City, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States

The Gift of Gab (born Tim Parker) is the MC for the California hip-hop duo Blackalicious, and a member of Quannum Projects (along with Chief Xcel, DJ Shadow, Lyrics Born and Lateef). In 2004, he also released a solo album entitled 4th Dimensional Rocketships Going Up.

The name seemingly is taken from the personal quality one is said to attain upon kissing the Blarney Stone. This is also interpreted as someone who can talk the talk and is streetwise and can get through life by the way they speak. This would be associated with bargaining a deal etc.

One of his songs appears on the "Roll forever" skateboarding movie and is used by a skater named Darrell Stanton.

The song 'Rat Race' from 4th Dimensional Rocketships Going Up is frequently used on the highly popular Sky Sports show, Soccer AM.


* 4th Dimensional Rocketships Going Up (2004)
* Supreme Lyricism (2006 - limited-edition mix CD)
* Escape 2 Mars (2009)

With Chief Xcel as Blackalicious:

* Melodica (1996)
* A2G (EP) (1999)
* Nia (2000)
* Blazing Arrow (2002)
* The Craft (2005)

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