Gemini (Macklemore album)

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Gemini
Macklemore Gemini.png
Studio album by Macklemore
Released September 22, 2017 (2017-09-22)
Studio
Genre Pop-rap[1]
Length 60:19
Label Bendo
Producer
Macklemore chronology
The Language of My World
(2005)
Gemini
(2017)
Singles from Gemini
  1. "Glorious"
    Released: June 15, 2017
  2. "Marmalade"
    Released: July 26, 2017
  3. "Good Old Days"
    Released: October 9, 2017
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic63/100[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
The A.V. ClubC[4]
Entertainment WeeklyB–[5]
Pitchfork5.4/10[6]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[7]

Gemini (stylized as GEMINI) is the second solo studio album by American rapper Macklemore. It was released on September 22, 2017, via Bendo LLC. The album was supported by three singles: "Glorious", "Marmalade" and "Good Old Days".

Background[edit]

Gemini is Macklemore's first album without Ryan Lewis since the release of his solo album The Language of My World (2005). In an interview with Rolling Stone, Macklemore said of the album: "It's not extremely politically motivated or heavily subject- or concept-oriented. I think it's mostly the music that I wanted to hear. It's the music that I wanted to go get into my car and listen to. I wanted it to be fun."[8] He told Beats 1 radio host Zane Lowe about his new approach for this album: "I always try to get a different pallet of sounds and textures and vibes. This album, I was in a good place man. There's some darker songs, for sure, but for the most part, if I'm in a happy place and life is good, that's going to be reflected in the music."

On August 22, 2017, Macklemore unveiled the album's track list and cover art.[9][10][11] He released a video teaser of the song "Willy Wonka", a collaboration with Offset, on September 8, 2017.[12] It features behind-the-scenes footage of the recording process.[13][14]

Singles[edit]

"Glorious" was released as the lead single from the album on June 15, 2017. It features a guest appearance from American singer Skylar Grey.[15] Its music video was released on July 6, 2017, in which Macklemore was seen traveling around Modesto, California with his grandmother.[16]

The second single from the album, "Marmalade", was released on July 26, 2017. It features a guest appearance from American rapper Lil Yachty.[17]

The collaboration with American singer-songwriter Kesha, "Good Old Days" was released as a promotional single from the album on September 19, 2017.[18] It was sent to adult contemporary radio October 9, 2017, as the album's third single.[19]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[20]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Ain't Gonna Die Tonight" (featuring Eric Nally)
Macklemore3:34
2."Glorious" (featuring Skylar Grey)
3:40
3."Marmalade" (featuring Lil Yachty)
  • Budo
  • Dopps
4:21
4."Willy Wonka" (featuring Offset)
  • Budo
  • Dopps
  • Macklemore
3:42
5."Intentions" (featuring Dan Caplen)
  • Budo
  • Dopps
  • Macklemore
3:50
6."Good Old Days" (featuring Kesha)
Budo4:00
7."Levitate" (featuring Otieno Terry)
  • Haggerty
  • Karp
  • Andrews
  • Rawlings
  • Otieno Terry
  • Macklemore
  • Budo
3:32
8."Firebreather" (featuring Reignwolf)
  • Haggerty
  • Karp
  • Andrews
  • Rawlings
Budo3:25
9."How to Play the Flute" (featuring King Draino)
  • Haggerty
  • Dopps
  • Andrews
Dopps3:28
10."Ten Million"
  • Haggerty
  • Karp
  • Dopps
  • Andrews
  • Budo
  • Dopps
2:59
11."Over It" (featuring Donna Missal)
  • Haggerty
  • Dopps
  • Karp
  • Rawlings
  • Andrews
  • Kristine Flaherty
  • Caplen
  • Donna Missal
  • Samuel Ahana
  • Swish
  • Macklemore
  • Budo
  • Dopps
3:38
12."Zara" (featuring Abir)
  • Haggerty
  • Dopps
  • Andrews
  • Eric Keith
  • Abir
Dopps3:37
13."Corner Store" (featuring Dave B and Travis Thompson)
  • Haggerty
  • Jacob Dutton
  • Wishkoski
  • Dopps
  • Karp
  • David Bowman
  • Travis Thompson
4:33
14."Miracle" (featuring Dan Caplen)
  • Haggerty
  • Karp
  • Dopps
  • Andrews
  • Caplen
  • Andrew Joslyn
  • Dopps
  • Budo
3:44
15."Church" (featuring Xperience)
  • Haggerty
  • Karp
  • Andrews
  • Budo
  • Macklemore
4:10
16."Excavate" (featuring Saint Claire)
  • Haggerty
  • Karp
  • Andrews
  • John Sinclair
Budo3:56
Total length:60:09

Notes

  • "Glorious" features background vocals from Adam Aejaye Jackson, Will Wheaton, Oren Waters, Valerie Pinkston, Bridgett Bryant, Niomisha Renee Wilson, Harrison White, and Brenda McClure; and additional vocals from Donna Missal
  • "Firebreather" features background vocals from Grace Love and Tyler Andrews
  • "How to Play the Flute", "Corner Store", and "Excavate" features background vocals from Tyler Andrews
  • "Church" features additional vocals from Jerome Welch

Samples

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[46] Gold 40,000^
France (SNEP)[47] Gold 50,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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