Bay Area attempt at the big league
Gift Of Gab - Escape 2 Mars

Hooked to the beat caravan of Hednodic and San Fran blap provider DNAEBEATS, this album rolls like the best of Blackalicious (GoG’s ‘dayjob’).

Veritable bangers like ‘Dreamin’, where Del The Funkee Homosapien and Brother Ali rock a massive soul sample and associated jeep beats, knock boots with cuts like ‘El Gifto Magnifico,’ an internatty hybrid which finds Lee Perry necking tequila in a backwater bar of a banana republic. The result is an ambitious, if a little uneven, set unafraid to throw down its club bumpers next to spaced Funkadelic psychedelica.

It’s great fun, and clearly a Bay Area attempt at the big league. Like hip-hop used to sound. Praise be.


Words by Kingsley Marshall

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