Timothy "Gift of Gab" Parker hasn't had it easy while recording Imani Vol. 1, the new album by his acclaimed indie-rap duo Blackalicious (self-released Sept. 18 after a successful PledgeMusic campaign). Early in the recording process, the 43-year-old suffered kidney failure due to type 1 diabetes, but that hasn't slowed him down. Gab explains how, along with producer-DJ Chief Xcel, he is coping with his illness while promoting the LP, the Sacramento, Calif., duo's first in 10 years.


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