When Gabrielle Kadushin (aka Seattle-based rapper Gifted Gab) was 15, she smoked her first blunt. “I was with my older brother,” she recalls. “He took me to a party and we were smoking in the car. And I was trippin’—I remember screaming at the top my lungs that I wanted apple juice and Funyuns!”
Since then she says she’s rarely taken even a few days off between getting high. And while for some that may hinder productive output, for Kadushin, one of the Emerald City’s most prolific lyricists, it’s all good. “I think hip-hop and weed are very synonymous,” she asserts. “Weed has always been a part of music in general, really.”
For Kadushin, who has worked in most facets of the weed industry, including budtending and working as a trimmer, cannabis remains an important part of her day-to-day. “I have a very close and intimate relationship with cannabis,” she laughs.
But even before the days of breaking up bud and rolling it in a Swisher, Kadushin has rhymed. As a kid, she would listen to albums with her older brother, who is six years her senior, and his friends. She quickly learned she had a knack for absorbing lyrics. “I can’t put a reason behind it or why,” she remembers, “but I could listen to a song once or twice and know the lyrics to it.”
As she grew up, she would write rhymes with her best friend, “talking shit” about the other girls in her grade at school. On other occasions she’d recite the lyrics she heard on popular rap albums—much to her mother’s chagrin. “I would constantly get in trouble for that,” she recalls, laughing. As an adult, Kadushin developed a dense, verbiage-packed writing style. Her rhymes recall the old school giants like Biggie Smalls and Big L; she raps with forceful bravado, and her YouTube videos climb into the tens of thousands of views.
But between sessions, you can find Kadushin—who will be releasing her next record in early 2018—with a blunt or two in hand, pondering the events of the day. “I’m smoking right now,” she says. “I’m partial to the blunts. They’re durable; they don’t go out easy like joints do. I take two to the face, and I’m good.”