Gift of Gab (rapper)

Timothy Jerome Parker,[2] better known by his stage name Gift of Gab, is an American rapper best known for performing in the Bay Area hip hop duo Blackalicious along with DJ Chief Xcel. He is also a member of Quannum Projects, a Bay Area hip hop crew and record label, and has performed and recorded as a solo artist.

Gift of Gab
Gift of Gab in 2006
Background information
Birth nameTimothy Jerome Parker
Born1971/1972 (age 47/48)[1]
Sacramento, California, United States
GenresAlternative hip hop
Years active1993–present
LabelsQuannum Projects
Associated acts


Gift of Gab is often praised by critics for his rapping skills – Allmusic says he is “one of the very finest MCs to ever pick up a microphone”,[3] “one of the best underground rappers in the business”,[4] “his raps are jam-packed with internal rhymes, allusions, metaphors, ten-cent words, and amazing tongue-twisting feats of skill”,[5] and he has been able to “redefine the art of lyrical technique”.[5] Peter Shapiro describes him as “a walking encyclopedia of MCing styles”,[6] Pitchfork Media refers to his “astonishing verbal dexterity and enunciation”,[7] Popmatters says he has a “nearly impenetrable reputation for style and innovation”,[8] and Stylus Magazine calls him “one of the top MCs in the game”.[9]


Gift of Gab is featured on Galactic's album From the Corner to the Block (2007). He collaborated with DJ Z-Trip on the track "Go Hard" for the All-Pro Football 2K8 Soundtrack. He also released The Prelude EP with Lateef the Truthspeaker and Headnodic as The Mighty Underdogs. He went on to do a song called "All In" with The Grouch & Eligh. He is also featured on the track "The People Tree" on the 2009 N.A.S.A. release "The Spirit of Apollo".

In 2002, Gift of Gab contributed to Red Hot + Riot: The Music and Spirit of Fela Kuti, a compilation CD released by the Red Hot Organization in tribute to the music and work of Nigerian musician, Fela Kuti, that raised money for various charities devoted to raising AIDS awareness and fighting the disease. He collaborated with hip hop artist Lateef the Truthspeaker to remake Fela Kuti's song, "Kalakuta Show."

In addition to this, Gift of Gab collaborated with Del the Funky Homosapien and Brother Ali on the track "Dreamin'" on his solo album, Escape 2 Mars, as well as making tracks with DJ Vadim, Cut Chemist, Ben Harper and Chali 2na of Jurassic 5.

He recently set his voice on DJ Oil's tracks Black Notes and Rock it.

He also featured on fellow San Francisco Rapper George Watsky's song Everything Turns Gold.


Studio albums

Gift of Gab
Blackalicious (Gift of Gab with Chief Xcel)
Quannum MCs (Gift of Gab with Chief Xcel, DJ Shadow, Lateef the Truth Speaker & Lyrics Born)
The Mighty Underdogs (Gift of Gab with Lateef the Truth Speaker & Headnodic)

EPs, mixtapes, compilations

  • Melodica (Solesides, 1994) (with Blackalicious)
  • A2G EP (Mo' Wax, 1999) (with Blackalicious)
  • The Prelude (MU Records, 2007) (with The Mighty Underdogs)
  • Rejoice! Rappers Are Rapping Again!! (2017)[10]
  • Supreme Lyricism Vol. 1 (Giftstribution, 2006)


  • "Swan Lake / Lyric Fathom" (1994) (with Blackalicious)
  • "A to G / Alphabet Aerobics (The Cut Chemist 2 1/2 Minute Workout)" (1999) (with Blackalicious)
  • "Deception" (1999) (with Blackalicious)
  • "If I May / Reanimation" (2000) (with Blackalicious)
  • "Passion" (2001) (with Blackalicious)
  • "It's Going Down (Sit Back)" (2002) (with Blackalicious)
  • "Art of Mind / Just What Can Happen" (2002) (with Blackalicious)
  • "Blazing Arrow" (2002) (with Blackalicious)
  • "Make You Feel That Way" (2002) (with Blackalicious)
  • "Wizzy Wow / It's Going Down" (2002) (with Blackalicious & Blackstreet)
  • "The Writz / Just Because" (2003)
  • "Rat Race / Real MCs" (2004)
  • "Your Move" (2005) (with Blackalicious)
  • "Rhythm Sticks" (2005) (with Blackalicious)
  • "Powers" (2006) (with Blackalicious)
  • "Want You Back" (2008) (with The Mighty Underdogs)

Guest appearances

  • DJ Shadow - "Midnight in a Perfect World" (Gab Mix)" from Midnight in a Perfect World (1996)
  • Latyrx - "Burning Hot in Cali on a Saturday Night" from Latyrx (The Album) (1997)
  • New Flesh - "Communicate" from Understanding (2002)
  • DJ Vadim - "Combustible" from U.S.S.R. The Art of Listening (2002)
  • Lyrics Born - "Cold Call" from Later That Day (2003)
  • Crown City Rockers - "Fortitude" from Earthtones (2004)
  • Troublemakers - "Everywhere Is My Home", "And Music Everywhere", and "Race Records" from Express Way (2004)
  • Zion I - "Stranger in My Home" from True & Livin' (2005)
  • Zion I - "Yes Yes" from Break a Dawn (2006)
  • Motion Man - "One Time for Your Mind" from Pablito's Way (2006)
  • G. Love - "Banger" from Lemonade (2006)
  • The Grouch & Eligh - "All In" from Say G&E! (2009)
  • N.A.S.A. - "The People Tree" from The Spirit of Apollo (2009)
  • Watsky - "Everything turns Gold" from Watsky (2009)
  • Lyrics Born - "Pillz" from As U Were (2010)
  • Unspoken Levels - "What We Do" from Welcome to Where you Are (2010)
  • Raashan Ahmad - "Falling" from For What You've Lost (2011)
  • Illus - "Better" from For Adam (2011)
  • Playdough - "Franks & Beans" from Hotdoggin (2011)
  • Medium - "Hologram" from Graal (2012)
  • Blueshift - "Wounded Man (feat. Gift of Gab)" (single) (2012)
  • Lotus - "Another World" from Monks (2013)
  • Latyrx - "Watershed Moment" from The Second Album (2013)
  • Opiuo - "Life" from Meraki (2014)
  • Smokey Joe & The Kid - "Stay Awake" from "The Game" (EP) (2014)
  • Amp Live- "ihearthiphip" from Headphone Concerto (2014)
  • L'Orange & Jeremiah Jae - "All I Need" from The Night Took Us in Like Family (2015)
  • Markis Precise - "Leaving the Hood" from The Feeling of Flying (2015)
  • Hip Bones - "Taskmaster" from The Moose Lodge Sessions (2016)[11]
  • Zero Dinero - "The Time Has Come" (2016)
  • Prophetiko - "Calling You" ft. Realistic from "Prophzilla" on Nomad Hip Hop (2016)
  • Sirreal - "Keep it Moving" (2018)


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  2. "Tim Parker (2)". Discogs. Retrieved 2019-08-31.
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  4. John Bush (2004-05-11). "4th Dimension Rocketships Going Up - Gift of Gab | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-12-13.
  5. Steve Huey (2002-04-30). "Blazing Arrow - Blackalicious | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-12-13.
  6. Shapiro, Peter, 2005, The Rough Guide To Hip-Hop, 2nd Edition, Penguin, p. 308
  7. "Blackalicious: The Craft | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2005-09-29. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  8. Stirling, Stephen. "Blackalicious: The Craft : PopMatters". Retrieved 2012-08-11.
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  11. Moss, Bill; August 4, Published:; 2016. "Henderson County News: Hip Bones holds CD launch party at Southern App - Hendersonville Lightning". Retrieved 2019-09-24.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
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