Not being familiar with Gift of Gab (or Blackalicious), I bought this album on the strength of Q recommending Light Years as a tune. Delighted I bought it as Escape2Mars is unlike anything else out there in hip hop just now.
While Escape2Mars is maybe funkier than the best Wu Tang Clan output, the bass and beats remind me of classic Wu. Gift of Gab's rapping is up there with the best (El Gifto Magnifico or Somathapeople poss the best examples on here) while the general innovation (Escape2Mars stands out with a variety of sounds coming together) and uplifting feel of the album make it a must have.
If you like the Wu and also TV On The Radio, I don't think you can go wrong here. Check the tracks Escape2Mars, Light Years, Somathapeople and Electric Waterfalls out to get an idea of the scope of this fantastic album.
I have been a huge fan of Blackalicious for a long time now and Gift of Gabs first solo album was an amazing listen from start to finish...........He's exceeded himself with this fantastic follow-up!! From start to finish, this is an instant classic, with the most instantly likeable tracks which grab you from the get-go and take you on a most audibly delightful journeys through the mind of one of our most innovative MC's currently on the circuit to date. I don't have the time to give a break down of each track, but trust me - I've been a loyal follower of hip-hop for over 20 years and this jumps to a high position in my favourites list!! So check this out and you won't be dissappointed!