By CBS13 Staff

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Sacramento native Timothy J. Parker, a rapper known as Gift of Gab from the Bay Area group Blackalicious, has died.

The death was announced in a post on Parker’s official Instagram page.

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In a message written by Xavier “Chief Xcel” Mosley, the fellow Blackalicious member reminiscences about how they met at Kennedy High School.

“He was a junior and I was a sophomore. I had moved to Sac earlier that summer from Union City. Gab had moved there two years prior from Pacoima. We had a home economics class together, Mr. Hightower, third period. He sat in the row directly behind me,” Mosley wrote.

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Parker, who was 50, had been battling kidney failure.

Blackalicious released four albums and were considered one of the major underground rap groups.

Fellow hip-hop artist DJ Shadow, who is also a Sacramento-area native and a UC Davis graduate, remembered Parker for his sense of humor and kindness as much as his musical talents.

“Gab loved to think of life as just a momentary stage for a much longer journey, and all its trials and tribulations as ‘training’ for the adventures to come after. If there’s one thing I know, wherever Gab is, he’s SOARING right now,” DJ Shadow wrote.

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Along with his work with Blackalicious, Gab released three solo studio albums.