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Gift Of Gab: Escape 2 Mars

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    Gift of Gab, best known as the technically adept MC of the vaunted Blackalicious, knew that after waiting over five years for a follow-up solo release that he would have to really take this one far. Like other planet kind of far. Escape 2 Mars signifies the next groundbreaking voyage in the career of an MC who is nothing short of iconic. Cornerstone Recording Arts Society is set to release Escape 2 Mars November 10, 2009 on CD, Vinyl and worldwide digital download.

    Production on Escape was placed mainly in the hands of the Bay Area's talented DNAEBEATS, with a few tracks also helmed by Headnodic, from Gab's most recent star collabo project The Mighty Underdogs and Crown City Rockers. Del the Funky Homosapien and Brother Ali, another two undeniably iconic MCs, are featured on "Dreamin'", one of the record's stand out cuts. Gab also recruited some of the talent from the Quannum Collective he helped pioneer, including Joyo Velarde, Lateef The Truthspeaker, and Honeycut's vocalist Bart Davenport.

    His hopes of keeping things close to home set the stage for the album's inspiration. "People are gonna think this is about Martians, but it's not," Gab explains. "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."

    "I'm not trying to preach to anyone," he continues. "I just think it's important for us to raise the level of consciousness and consideration of these things." On songs like Electric Waterfalls and the title track, lyrically he journey's into these topics directly. Musically speaking, it was also a space age inspiration that led him to break some new personal ground. "Some of the more electronic feeling songs were new territory me. I didn't really connect with much of that until we went out and did some shows with Bass Nectar and I saw the culture shifting in front of me and thought it was a great thing."

    Known for one of live hip Hop's most engaging shows and mind-blowing delivery, Gift of Gab will tour the country heavily in support of Escape 2 Mars this Fall and into Winter and Spring. Expect him in your city's favorite club and major festivals alike, soon.

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    1. E2MTRO
    Producer: DNAE Beats
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    2. El Gifto Magnifico
    Producer: DNAE Beats
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    3. Lightyears
    Producer: DNAE Beats
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    4. Dreamin'
    featuring Del The Funky Homosapien (of Hieroglyphics); Brother Ali
    Producer: Headnodic
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    5. In Las Vegas
    Producer: DNAE Beats
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    6. Escape 2 Mars
    Producer: DNAE Beats
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    7. Electric Waterfalls
    Producer: DNAE Beats
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    8. Richman, Poorman
    Producer: Headnodic
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    9. Someofthepeople
    Producer: Headnodic
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    10. Spotlight
    Producer: DNAE Beats
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    11. Rhyme Travel
    Producer: DNAE Beats
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    4.1 Stars (4.1 Stars )
    Total Comments: 17
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 9/27/2012 12:20:00 AM; Partial IP: .57.40.101)
    Location: Schoolin ya
    Comment: The good album I've heard from Gift of Gab. Was glad to see DNAE do the beats. Gab delivers the good lyrics and flow again. If you haven't seen him live you don't know what's up.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/6/2011 10:51:00 PM; Partial IP: 233.238.25)
    Location: NH
    Comment: It's pretty okay.
    2 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 1/6/2011 4:04:00 PM; Partial IP: .96.172.65)
    Location: England
    Comment: Really guys 4 and 5 stars for this??? massive dissapointment for me after classic blackalicious stuff.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/11/2010 2:43:00 AM; Partial IP: .68.43.188)
    Location: NC
    Comment: This album is mind blowing. I like ALL of the songs on this album and Gift of Gab needs to be listened to by more ears!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 6/5/2010 5:30:00 AM; Partial IP: 250.79.223)
    Location: finland
    Comment: if you liked other blackalicious albums and his solo albums you will love this one too, it is something new again
    1 Star
    Name: (Posted: 1/16/2010 4:00:00 PM; Partial IP: 35.177.192)
    Location: Toronto, Canada
    Comment: extremely disapointing, horrible production, I had high hopes for this, but its wack
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 1/16/2010 8:33:00 AM; Partial IP: 53.147.113)
    Location: bay area, california
    Comment: Two great live performers/recording artists. Gab is consistantly smart and Dnae is one of the bay areas best new producers. I would like to hear more collabos with other artists (maybe like Vast Aire)and Dnae. Thanks for the free in store shows.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/4/2009 7:50:00 PM; Partial IP: 61.208.244)
    Location: Nibiru
    Comment: Sick album
    Name: (Posted: 11/14/2009 3:07:00 PM; Partial IP: 77.156.156)
    Location: PLYMOUTH, UK
    Comment: Always loved this most skillful articulate poet since being blown away by the release of the classic 'Swan Lake' back in 94, with Chief XL as the 2 man Blackalicious crew. This cruelly slept on bro has never dissapointed over the last 15 years!!!
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 11/14/2009 11:16:00 AM; Partial IP: .12.77.120)
    Location: Cdn
    Comment: Wow! Rich intoxicating sounds (apart from Country-esque guitars), and rhyme play was clever smart and true to Hip Hop roots of Toasting, Gift of Gab continues to impress, and yes I sense a tad of lets make the song accessible to listeners of varying markets and since he's done it in a true to the art package I can dig it
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 11/10/2009 4:47:00 PM; Partial IP: .41.169.42)
    Location: UK
    Comment: Gab is a legend. Do not even doubt that!! Great album!
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 11/10/2009 1:08:00 PM; Partial IP: .112.135.3)
    Location: Delaware
    Comment: Gift of Gab never disappoints! Refreshing to hear a MC spittin' about topics like the environment and space travel and still make it sound cool. A truly talented wordsmith and quality production from Dnaebeats (whom I never heard of before but will definitely be checking for him). Purchase this album!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 11/5/2009 12:13:00 PM; Partial IP: 246.85.247)
    Location: Vantucky
    Comment: It's GOOOD!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 11/4/2009 1:49:00 PM; Partial IP: 250.10.168)
    Location: Kelowna, Canada
    Comment: Amazing album. It's a beginning to ender. Anyone who likes Gift will definately dig this. If you haven't checked any Blackalicious, or Mighty Underdogs, or Gift of Gab yet, this is as good as anywhere to start. Instant hip-hop classic!!
    Name: (Posted: 10/2/2009 3:00:00 PM; Partial IP: .103.172.9)
    Location: Ottawa, Canada
    Comment: Looking forward to listen to that Del and Brother Ali track...
    Name: (Posted: 9/25/2009 10:19:00 AM; Partial IP: 240.90.136)
    Location: PLYMOUTH, UK
    Comment: Always loved Blackalicious and Gab's solo material. Remember dat classic joint swan lake????? dats just a small sample of da dope back catalogue of this gifted MC. This guy has always been consistently dope!!!
    Name: (Posted: 9/25/2009 4:59:00 AM; Partial IP: 30.136.210)
    Location: Los Angeles
    Comment: Ima BIG Gab fan, cant wait for this one!
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