Gift of Gab, of Blackalicious, Dead at 50


West Coast rapper Timothy J. Parker (a.k.a. The Gift of Gab) has passed away.

“It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear brother, Timothy J. Parker a.k.a. The Gift of Gab,” announced the Quannum crew. “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.”

During his career, Parker earned a global reputation for his unique lyrical flow and masterful technique.

In 2014, Parker was diagnosed with kidney failure. He underwent dialysis three to four times a week even while on tour. In 2020, he underwent a kidney transplant and remained active throughout the pandemic.

“Our brother was an MCs’ MC who dedicated his life to his craft. One of the greatest to ever do it,” said his bandmate and lifelong friend Chief Xcel (a.k.a. Xavier Mosley). “He’s the most prolific person I’ve ever known. He was all about pushing the boundaries of his art form in the most authentic way possible. He truly believed in the healing power of music. He viewed himself as a vessel used by a higher power whose purpose was to give positive contributions to humanity through Rhyme.”

According to a statement, Gift of Gab left behind nearly 100 tracks for future Blackalicious releases. “Some of those were already slated for the next release, but more of Gab’s lyrical genius will be heard for years to come.”

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