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I was lucky enough to conduct 21 year old Seattle native Gift of Gab’s first interview. We talked about backyard rap sessions as a child, her gift of gabbing, Moorgang, and her future musical projects. If you don’t know her now, you will soon enough. I have never heard a female emcee on Gab’s level, and I seriously doubt that you have either.
How did you get the name Gift of Gab?
My name is Gabrielle. Gift of Gab came from always been a big talker; I used to get in trouble at school for talking all the time. People would say, “she got the gift of gabbin”.
What sort of music did you grow up with?
I was brought up on all the old shit; Prince, Kool and the Gang, Lionel Richie. All the old school hip-hip and R&B.
Was your family big into music?
My dad’s side not so much, but my mom’s side, the black side, was. I was brought up singing in church.
When did you first start rapping?
I always used to sing along with raps I heard when I was really little. My home girl Keshia, who is like a sister to me, lived two houses behind me so we would rap to each other from our backyards. We would rap about food and stupid shit like that.
Who was it that inspired you to start rapping?
I started rapping on my own, not so much because other rappers inspired me. I’m a big fan of Eminem; every time I listened to him I would get super hyped up and wanted to write shit. Listening to good music my whole life was my inspiration I guess.
When did you join Moorgang?
Sometime last year, can’t give you an exact date. I met Jesse (Nacho Picasso) officially for the first time last year. My big brother and Jesse grew up together but I don’t remember him from back then. He heard some of my shit one day when I was with his cousin Julian and he was like “you’re hella filthy”. I started kickin it with him, and one day Jesse and Jarv (Jarv Dee) sat down with me one day and were like “Yup, we need you to be a part of the gang”.
What do you do when you aren’t rapping?
Kick it with my Moorgang niggas. We’re all really close friends, so when we aren’t rapping we are together doing something.
Have you dropped any complete projects yet?
The music I have recorded is with whoever’s house I recorded it at, some of it got lost when my computer crashed, and some of it is on Youtube so it’s scattered. I’m working on my EP right now, which will be done by the end of September.
What can we expect from your EP?
Well I’ll be dropping a single at the beginning of September, which will give fans a better idea of what to expect. I’m trying to get a video together so I can drop that. I got a show at Rendezvous with my homebody Raz, who is headlining, on September 1st. I got a feature on my album with Coolio Da Unda Dogg, who used to rap with Mac Dre. He’s a bay area artist, and he fucks with me and I fuck with him so that’s a good look right there. Got features with Nacho, Jarv, Steezie if we can get him in the studio. It’s gunna be filthy. Oh, and I got features with Sam Lachow.
Are you working on anything else right now?
Moorgang is working on our compilation album. I can’t really give a timeframe for that, but that will be coming up soon.
You’ve developed quite the fan base without even dropping an album. Why do you think that is?
Honestly, I’m not sure. I think people are ready to hear a good female rapper come out of Seattle. I’m well connected, so I guess niggas found out that Gabby is rapping and I guess they are fucking with me. That’s a good question though, I would like to ask the people that myself. It’s crazy that hella people are fucking with me and I don’t even have that much music out.
Is it difficult being a female artist in a genre that is predominantly male?
Honestly, I feel like it is way easier for the simple fact that I am a girl and, not to be cocky, am good at what I do. Everybody’s a rapper nowadays; how many times you walking around and somebody tries to sell you a CD and it’s just some dude rapping from somewhere. I think people are ready for a good female emcee, especially the ones that hate Nicki Minaj. I can’t say I hate her, but I don’t fuck with her image or her style. I think that people who actually appreciate good emceeing will be happy to hear me. Especially coming out of Seattle, we need that.
What do you think makes the Town rap scene unique?
All us Seattle rappers come together. Any other place, New York, California, it’s a competition. Sir Mix A Lot is literally the biggest rapper to come out of Seattle, so we don’t have that competition. When we go to shows we all kick it; you can find at least 20 Seattle artists chillin. Once one of us gets on, we all get on.
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