Blackalicious' MC Gift of Gab second solo album, Escape 2 Mars, out today 11/3, ending four year wait; Launches E2M rover into digital orbit for fan discovery
One of the reigning undisputed heavyweights of rap’s vaunted “greatest emcees in the game <http://cts.vresp.com/c/?ParktheVan/3905744d1b/a3e9886003/f67850a7af> ” ranks, Blackalicious frontman Gift of Gab, returns to celebrate along with the people of Earth, today’s release of his second solo album Escape 2 Mars.
"The 11 tracks cover three main themes: travel, futurism, and a mindfulness of our planet. Gab isn’t preachy at all, instead he uses the spotlight to showcase various cadences and rhyme structures that he delivers with presence and vigor." - David Ma, URB.com
The record relies on the production of San Francisco Bay area producer/DJ extraordinaire DNAEBEATS as well as some choice cuts from Crown City Rockers’ Headnodic (also a co-conspirator in the Gab side project The Mighty Underdogs). Standout track “Dreamin” has been burning up this world’s web as a blogospheric breakout, thanks in large part to the collab of fellow celebrated iconic MCs Del The Funky Homosapien and Brother Ali, a trio of universe-conquering proportions. To compliment the lyricism and production, vocal hooks and additional flourishes are provided by Quannum Collective standouts Lateef the Truthspeaker, Joyo Velarde and Honeycut’s Bart Davenport.
Not enough talent to send your brain into orbit already? Gab hits the road this week co-headlining the Deadliest Catch tour with former Jurassic 5 MC Chali 2Na (with a live band), Mr. Lif (can’t forget the Perceptionists!) and Lyrics Born as the tour’s host MC (Latyrx represent!).
Before the tour to kick-off release week, Gab will perform special intimate sets at select California independent record stores. Amoeba Music (San Francisco) Tuesday 11/3, Dimple Records (Sacramento, 2433 Arden Way) Wednesday 11/4, and Amoeba Music (Hollywood) Thursday 11/5.
Accompanying the album release is a brilliant flash animated announcement (aka the E2M Rover) of the record’s details along with some free download selections for fans. Launch and allow the exploration to begin: http://www.cornerstoneras.com/giftofgab/escape2mars/
The Deadliest Catch Tour:
Fri 11/6 San Jose, CA The Voodoo Lounge
Sat. 11/7 San Francisco, CA The Independent
Tues 11/10 Ft. Collins, CO Aggie theater
Wed. 11/11 Boulder, CO Fox Theater
Thurs. 11/12 Aspen, CO Belly Up Tavern
Fr. 11/13 Park City, CO Harry O's
Sat. 11/14 Bozeman, MT Gallatin County Fairgrounds
Sun. 11/15 Missoula, MT Wilma Theatre
Tue. 11/17 Vancouver, BC The Biltmore Cabaret
Wed. 11/18 Bellingham, WA The Nightlight
Thu. 11/19 Seattle, WA Neumos
Fri. 11/20 Eugene, OR McDonald Theater
Sat. 11/21 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
Mon. 11/23 Sacramento, CA Harlow’s