After some five years, Blackalicious’ Gift of Gab is ready to again go solo. On October 27th, the California based hip-hopper will followup to 2004’s 4th Dimensional Rocketships Going Up with the 11-track Escape 2 Mars via Cornerstone Recording Arts Society.
Though the title may say otherwise, the album is said to reflect Gab’s hope of keeping things close to home. “People are gonna think this is about Martians, but it’s not,” Gab explained. “It’s more so about taking care of the planet we’re on. We might have to escape to Mars or somewhere else if we keep taking the planet we live on for granted.”
In hopes of conveying this message, the rapper tapped the production talents of Bay Area talent DNAEBEATS and Hednodic, the latter of which recently worked with him on The Mighty Underdogs. He also rounded up Del the Funky Homosapien, Brother Ali, and Lateef the Truth Speaker to provide some guest vocal contributions. In the end, the result is something described as a journey, both lyrically and musically, that will feature Gift of Gab breaking new ground.
For a taste, check out “El Gifto Magnifico” below. Gift of Gab plans to tour in support of the release with both club shows and festival appearances. Specific dates are still forthcoming.
“El Gifto Magnifico”
Escape 2 Mars Tracklist:
02. El Gifto Magnifico
04. Dreamin’ [ft. Del the Funky Homosapien & Brother Ali]
05. In Las Vegas
06. Escape 2 Mars
07. Electric Waterfalls
08. Richman, Poorman
11. Rhyme Travel
12. Dreamin’ (Aqua Sawtooth Remix) *
* Bonus for vinyl LP only