What do you bring to hip-hop?
I’ve been putting out albums since 2005, my latest one Evil Eye was nominated for a WCMA just this past year.
I just completed my first European Tour with my good friend Snak The Ripper.
We also just did a run back east in Ontario and Quebec. I did over 100 shows this past year.
I also just put out a FREE album called “The Birds” you can download it here===> http://ephin.com/evil-ebenezer-the-birds-full-album-download/
And here’s my new video off the Album “Wonder Years”
My music is pretty working class. I talk about lost love, feelings of being alone and fitting it to society. I feel a lot of people, men and women, young and old can relate to my music. I also feel I have a very good live show. I like to interact with my audience and feel I am one with them. Next up in 2012 I have my album ZZBRA with Moka Only, which drops Jan 31 2012 on Camobear Records, which has been my home since 2005. I will also be putting out another solo record with them as well later this spring/summer.
How many releases and labels did you work with and on in 2011?
at beginning of 2011 i released the airport five mixtape with wandering works.. airport is a series ive been doing for a while now. In the end of the summer i released a free instrumental project entitled barbecued horse contest. Put it out on my own just through bloggers and in november i put out a long awaited release “crickets” with feelin music.. had been sitting on that album for a little while.. proud of that one,for sure. and of course ive capped the year off with another free internet release ‘martian xmas 2011′… i do a martian xmas every year but this year it was a free gift for the fans.
What goes down in your spare time?
in my spare time its just more music.. thats all i do. period.
next on the agenda is the zzbra release.. very special,long awaited project. Can wait to hear the feedback on it! after that i have another group effort that ive been workin on for years called ‘the googlenaires’ , with my friend bootie brown from the pharcyde.
Inspired by one of 2011′s most critically acclaimed films, Drive, Sugar Tongue Slim turns his recent critical acclaim for The Illustrious into #GOLDRush material while taking Kavinsky’s “NightCall” out for spin into the darker side of the rush.
The video is directed by Daniel “Danny Cam” Gallardo.
“Have we got a surprise for you! Unfortunately incarcerated rapper Max B, he of the Byrd Gang, AKA Max Biggavelli is locked up on some less than savory charges, but that sure as hell won’t stop him from making music. Мишка is very excited to be a part of his upcoming collection of songs (all recorded from within the big house) Toothy Wavy. New Max B tracks would have been exciting enough, but these 5 songs come with a crazy crew of collaborators.
Isaiah Toothtaker, another dope rapper who has run afoul of the 5-0 in the past, will be laying down verses on Toothy Wavy (along with some other members of Toothtaker’s Machina Muerte group). Then there’s the fantastic cherry on top: all of the production for Toothy Wavy is being done by The Hood Internet! Say wha? That’s right: Max B + Isaiah Toothtaker + Prison + The Hood Internet = Toothy Wavy. Each song will be coming with its own video, and they’ll be released over the next two months. Fuck yes.”
Welcome to the Next Logical Progression. We’ve travelled far with Gift of Gab over the years. When
we first heard the venerated Oakland emcee’s voice with Blackalicious, it was a revelation – the opening salvo to nearly two decades of positive emanations, vivid storytelling, elastic rhymes and consistency through reinvention. Across three classic Blackalicious LPs, two praised solo records and 2008′s star-studded collaboration the Mighty Underdogs, not to mention the groundbreaking work of his label Quannum Projects, Gab has been a constant source of innovation and inspiration, giving us as much to mull over as bob our heads to. But lovely as it is, the past is written. The title of Next Logical Progression is no hollow boast: over the lushest beats of his career, Gab blazes a path into the history of hip-hop to come.
While his last two solo records bore interstellar themes, NLP’s aspiration is grounded in earthy familiarity. Look no further than the song “Rise” for the album’s raison d’être, set to plinking piano and upbeat, horn-spangled soul. “At an early age, I chose the rapper I wanted to be,” says Gab. “I admired KRS-One and Chuck D because they made me feel like being positive even in a negative environment. That song is about being that type of emcee, but also being human and striving to live up to the things that I’m saying. It’s about trying to be better.” Similarly, the organ-driven bubbler “Dream Warrior” inspires a sense of limitlessness through contrasting tales of characters who couldn’t see beyond the daily grind, while the Stevie Wonder-checking “So Much” is about his sister’s undefeatable spirit while faced with diabetes.
Whether these songs are steeped in the details of depressed America (“Market And 8th”), imagined as playful dialog between Gab and a self-righteous rap up-and-comer (“Wack But Good People”), or a
documentary lens aimed at good love gone bad (“Toxic”), each is ultimately about maintaining equity and humanity in those moments that challenge us to abandon ourselves. Of course, sometimes a little abandon is exactly what’s needed, as testified to by NLP’s first single, “Everything is Fine.” Here, with a little help from funk legend George Clinton and Quannum’s own Latyrx, Gab styles hard over nasty bass grooves, synth stabs and snapping drums. “I love making albums,” says Gab. “To me, it’s like making a movie or writing a play, creating a body of work. If you have the ability to do that, why would you ever stop?”
Next Logical Progression follows that line of thought to, well, the next logical progression. For the first time, Gab had a hand in crafting the music that scores his rap. Instead of going to a traditional beat-maker, he linked up with musician/producer G Koop, a man adept at turning samples into original sounds played fresh on live instruments. But Gab took a different route. “I would take a recorder around and hum bass lines, piano figures and guitar riffs into it, then I’d go over to Koop’s crib and say, ‘Play this.’ I’ve always heard music in my head, but I never knew how to get it out. I finally got to express that.” This, while impressive, shouldn’t come as a surprise. Truly, Gab wouldn’t be the emcee he is if he didn’t embody the message at the heart of Next Logical Progression: Anything is possible; we’ve only just begun.
Gift of Gab: Protocol ft. Samantha Kravitz by quannumprojects