Rappers typically perform with hype men, who keep the crowd's energy up by waving around towels and feeding the audience granola bars. Get pumped with this GrouponLive deal.
- $9 for one ticket to see Blackalicious (up to an $18.45 value)
- When: Friday, August 9, at 9 p.m.
- Where: The Abbey Pub
- Section: general admission
- Door time: 8 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
Blackalicious performing "Chemical Calisthenics" live
Some rappers take the easy road, slurring their words and drawing out every syllable. Others shout or scream their poetry while leaving plenty of pause for breath. But Blackalicious's MC cuts a path all his own. Perhaps one of the most verbose rappers to enter the game, Tim Parker, aka Gift of Gab, owns his pseudonym with a loquacity that never ebbs. Paired with DJ Chief Xcel, a studio genie known for keeping the beats classic and not cluttering up the rhymes, Gab first made waves in the underground California rap scene of the early '90s as part of the Soleside crew (later known as Quannum Projects), which featured DJ Shadow and Lateef The Truth Speaker. As more fans turned on to the terminal logorrhea heard in singles such as "Chemical Calisthenics" and "Alphabet Aerobics," Blackalicious made the move to the majors without losing their underground edge.
Now, over a decade into their career and with a new album brewing, Blackalicious returns to the road to dazzle fans with their hip-hop dexterity. Cramming more words into five seconds than most people utter in a lifetime, Gift of Gab baffles audiences in tracks with multisyllabic rhymes and surprisingly inspirational subjects—even science lessons—while Chief Xcel's beats rattle the room. By keeping their messages uplifting, they veer away from textbook rap braggadocio, messages of violence, and accidental black-magic curses, creating a signature sound all their own.