Gift of Gab: Struggling Through Diabetes, But Showing No Sign of Slowing Down

When Gift of Gab recorded his latest solo album The Next Logical Progression, which drops today, he had no idea that his health was on the decline. The rapper born Timothy Parker's Type 1 diabetes has caused issues in the past — including the need for eye surgery in 2003 — but for the most part he felt okay. He definitely had no idea that a song he recorded in order to lift his sister's spirits up as she underwent dialysis would turn into an anthem for his own turn at the very same machine.

“Why do bad things happen to good people?” Gab asks on “So So Much,” a plea to his sister to see that she has so, so much to live for in this world.

But after being diagnosed with kidney failure just two months ago, Gift of Gab is now receiving dialysis himself.

“'So So Much' was dedicated to my sister and it was crazy because I didn't know my kidneys were failing at this rate,” he tells All Shook Down. “When I wrote it, I basically wrote it as a song to her. It's crazy that I'm in the exact same situation right now.”

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