Blackalicious' Gift of Gab

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Gift of Gab tells Rocksucker about new Blackalicious EP!

Published on September 11th, 2012 | Jonny Abrams

Blackalicious MC Gift of Gab has told Rocksucker that the Sacramento duo are readying a brand new EP, titled The Sun Giver and tentatively penned in for a November release.

Gab, who has been unable to travel while awaiting a kidney transplant, also revealed that a fourth full-length Blackalicious album will follow in 2013, and that his fellow Quannum MCs Latyrx are working on their long-awaited second studio LP.

He said: “The new Blackalicious EP is just about finished: it’s called The Sun Giver EP and it’ll be out towards the end of the year, probably November, and we’ll follow that with an album in 2013.

“I think it really represents the good thing about doing other projects – we get to do Blackalicious then I made some solo records and X [Blackalicious producer Chief Xcel] has been doing production for other groups – and when we get back together there’s more of a growth, more of a hunger, because Blackalicious is our main thing.

“I don’t know how I would describe the sound [of The Sun Giver EP] but it’s definitely a step forward. I’m very proud of how it’s coming out. It’s what’s coming out of us right now creatively. It’s definitely a Blackalicious record but we pride ourselves on being unpredictable, making songs in different styles from one to the next.”

On the subject of Latyrx, Gab said: “I was with them yesterday and they’re working on a next Latyrx record right now.”

He even hinted at another Quannum collective album and/or tour, saying: “I was just with Latyrx yesterday and I was talking with Shadow a couple of weeks ago. We’re definitely going to do that again.

“It’s a lot of different artists going in a lot of different directions so it’s just a matter of getting everybody to focus on one thing at the same time. Obviously everyone’s got their own individual projects but we’ve talked about doing another Quannum tour in the future. We still talk to each other on a daily basis so it’s just a matter of everybody getting their individual projects done and getting together in the same space.”

Click here to read Rocksucker’s interview with Gift of Gab in full!

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