Blackalicious MC Timothy ‘Gift of Gab’ Parker Dies at 50

“We ask that the family’s privacy is respected as we mourn the tremendous loss of our dear brother,” they added.

His longtime collaborator and friend Chief Xcel — who is the other half of Blackalicious — shared an emotional post on Gab’s Instagram. The pair met as teenagers. During their time in high school together, they would jokingly argue about “who was doper” between Ice-T and Too Short. Chief Xcel says they had dreams of becoming Sacramento’s “version of Run-DMC.”

He recalls of his late friend Parker, who went by the stage name “Tiny T” in high school, “Out of the blue, Tim who had now changed his rap name to

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