He’s best known as the voice of Bay Area hip-hop duo Blackalicious, an MC with powerful rhymes and a streaming, jam-packed delivery. Critics and fans alike have continually hailed Gift of Gab since he came on the scene more than 20 years ago. As a part of Blackalicious and as a solo performer, Gift of Gab displays an astonishing ability for incisive wit and metaphorical storytelling. Also a founding member of Bay Area independent label and collective Quannum Projects. His influence is undeniable. This week, Gift of Gab performs with Norbay award-winner MC RadioActive and San Francisco beat master DJ Zeph on Friday, Oct. 24, at Zodiacs, 256 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 9pm. $15. 707.773.7751.