Gift of Gab's inspiration for starting his Patreon campaign reaches all the way back to 2012. Five years ago Gift of Gab began dialysis treatments after undergoing surgery for kidney failure, "This was something that completely changed my life and made me realize how important every moment we have on this Earth really is." The treatments have necessitated adjustments to his everyday life, making it difficult to be on the road as often as he would like.
"I’ve realized that what’s important is to connect directly with YOU – my fans! I’ve teamed up with Patreon to offer something new and different that is going to be as fun and exciting for me as I hope it is for you... No labels – no middlemen – just the artist and the fans."
Gab's Patreon campaign will continually and consistently roll out new content including a brand new "Patreon-only" track each month as well as other exclusive content and rewards. The campaign will last one full year before culminating in a brand new album of all new material. Additionally, 10% of all proceeds will be donated directly to the National Kidney Foundation. "I want to thank all of my fans who have supported me and my music over the years and continue to do so." says Gab, "Without all of you I couldn’t make all of this happen."
Praised by All Music Guide as “one of the very finest MCs to ever pick up a microphone” and Pitchfork for his "astonishing verbal dexterity and enunciation", Gift of Gab is best known for being one half of the Bay Area’s celebrated hip-hop duo Blackalicious (who are currently on tour and will be recording the follow-up to their critically-hailed 2015 album Imani Vol. 1). Meanwhile, as a solo artist, Gab is gearing up for a new EP set for release in April 2017 called “Rejoice! Rappers are Rapping Again” which will set in motion a string of exciting musical events that will propel him towards 2018 and beyond.
“The new batch of songs I’m working on is all about lyricism for heads who love it,” Gab tells HipHopDX exclusively. “I’m in a place in my career right now where I’m hearing a lot of talk that Hip Hop isn’t as lyrical as it once was. I come from the school of Rakim, Big Daddy Kane and rappers that are really intensely rhyming. With this new slew of music I am doing, it’s almost like I’m rhyming for other rappers."
In addition to Blackalicious, Gift of Gab has had a long and prolific solo career that began with 2004’s album, 4th Dimensional Rocketships Going Up and continued with 2008’s Escape 2 Mars and 2012’s The Next Logical Progression which featured many guest artists including Martin Luther, Zion I, George Clinton as well as his Quannum brothers Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truthspeaker.
Gift of Gab’s EP "Rejoice! Rappers are Rapping Again” is available via Patreon today.