4th Dimension Rocketships Going Up

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All Music Guide - John Bush
It's long been clear that Gift of Gab has much more to say than he's been afforded on Blackalicious full-lengths. A rapping tongue-twister, he not only sprays syllables but proves surprisingly articulate and humble, filling Blackalicious releases with songs that cover personal foibles and social issues alike, but relate everything on a global scale. His first solo album, 4th Dimensional Rocketships Going Up, is slightly more organic and mellow than Blackalicious material, with sinewy basslines winding themselves around their beats, and atmospheric samples deep in the mix repeating themselves until they reach a near state of nirvana. Gab spends a lot of time preaching, but he ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
It's long been clear that Gift of Gab has much more to say than he's been afforded on Blackalicious full-lengths. A rapping tongue-twister, he not only sprays syllables but proves surprisingly articulate and humble, filling Blackalicious releases with songs that cover personal foibles and social issues alike, but relate everything on a global scale. His first solo album, 4th Dimensional Rocketships Going Up, is slightly more organic and mellow than Blackalicious material, with sinewy basslines winding themselves around their beats, and atmospheric samples deep in the mix repeating themselves until they reach a near state of nirvana. Gab spends a lot of time preaching, but he never puts himself above the messages he delivers, and often provides additional enlightenment from his own failures; "Rat Race" touches on troubles ranging from quitting smoking to paying his cable bill, while on "Up" an immigrant cabdriver teaches him to disregard American ghettos for a minute to feel fortunate he's a member of the First World. Fortunately, his cadence is so quick on these tracks there's no time for the melodrama to sink in. He also indulges in a little nostalgia, spinning tales of Gazelles, Jheri curls, The Great Space Coaster, and Krush Groove on "Welcome Back," and he proves his battle skills on "Real MCs" and "The Writz." The energy possessed by every Blackalicious LP has ebbed a bit with only half the crew in effect, but 4th Dimensional Rocketships Going Up delivers what every fan wants to hear: more quality material from one of the best underground rappers in the business.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/11/2004
  • Label: Quannum Projects
  • UPC: 045778070121
  • Catalog Number: 80701
  • Sales rank: 199,059

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Ride of Your Life (2:59)
  2. 2 Rat Race (2:52)
  3. 3 Way of the Light (4:24)
  4. 4 Stardust (3:17)
  5. 5 Flashback (3:05)
  6. 6 Up (1:55)
  7. 7 The Writz (3:47)
  8. 8 To Know You (3:26)
  9. 9 Real MCS (4:02)
  10. 10 Hold On (1:02)
  11. 11 In a Minute Doe (2:59)
  12. 12 Evolution (2:55)
  13. 13 Moonshine (4:01)
  14. 14 Ride On (2:30)
  15. 15 Just Because (3:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gift of Gab Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Will King Background Vocals
Vitamin D Turntables
Vursatyl Background Vocals
Omega Rae Background Vocals
Herman Brown Guitar
Choklate Background Vocals
Technical Credits
John Cuniberti Mastering
T.J. Parker Composer
Vitamin D Producer, Cut
Gift of Gab Executive Producer
Vursatyl Composer
Samson Producer
Kris Stiell Engineer
Jake One Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Truly a Gift

    I agree, this album is a diamond in the hip/hop rough

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "I don't think I'm the baddest, but I know I got potential"

    Gift of Gab never ceases to amaze me. The gift has to be the best MC I've heard and I've been listening to hip hop a while. It's refreshing to hear a good MC with a spiritual flare. From "Moonshine" to "Way of the Light" Gab talks about there being more to life than worldly posessions. This album along with all the Blackalicious albums are a must have in any hip hop fan's library. Gab's switching up of rhyme styles from track to track and album to album, is enough to impress anyone. If your tired of the downward spiral hip hop is in; pick up this album.

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    Posted November 16, 2009

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