Jemini the Gifted One
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|Jemini the Gifted One|
|Birth name||Thomas Smith|
|Also known as||Jemini|
|Origin||Brooklyn, New York|
|Genres||Alternative hip hop|
|Labels||Mercury/PolyGram Records, Tommy Boy Black Label, Big Token Records, Brainchild Entertainment, Lex Records|
|Associated acts||Danger Mouse, Prince Po|
Thomas Smith, better known by his stage name Jemini the Gifted One, is a rapper from Brooklyn, New York. He has most notably worked with Danger Mouse on the 2003 album Ghetto Pop Life, which features rappers such as The Pharcyde, Tha Alkaholiks, J-Zone, and Prince Po from Organized Konfusion.
"Funk Soul Sensation", produced by Organized Konfusion, was the debut single. In a review, Billboard called it "[s]ensational, smart soul." A remix of "Funk Soul Sensation" was released later in 1995 on 12" vinyl. The B-side was "Funk Soul Sensation pt.II", which continued the dual personas of "The Gifted One" and the "Funk Soul Sensation" rapping back and forth to each other. In 1997, Jemini released another promotional single titled "Who Wanna Step To Dis" which was followed by 1998's "I.M.C.U.D.O.N.T./Who Wanna Step II Dis."
His 2003 collaboration with Danger Mouse, Ghetto Pop Life, landed the duo on The Guardian's list of The Forty Best Bands in the US, stating that the album "opts for a charming musical eclecticism and a fierce lyrical intelligence that bears comparison to prime-time Public Enemy." The Independent wrote, "Along with Outkast's double-header, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, Ghetto Pop Life is this year's most engrossing hip-hop record."
In 2006, another rapper by the name of Gemini, under Lupe Fiasco's 1st & 15th label, emerged in the rap game. Jemini threatened to sue him so Gemini was forced to change his name to GemStones.
In July 2014 a report from BoomBapBox.com revealed Jemini has changed his name to 'Big City' and is currently shopping a documentary about Ghetto Pop Life entitled 'Mice & Men' as well as working on new music and other project.
- Scars and Pain (1995)
- "Funk Soul Sensation" (1995)
- "Who Wanna Step II Dis" (1997)
- "Who Wanna Step II Dis (Remix)" b/w "I.M.C.U.D.O.N.T. (I MC U Don't)" (1998)
- "The I.N.I." b/w "Makes the World Go Round" (2000)
- "Take Care of Business" (2002) with Danger Mouse
- 2 Rude - "All You Need (I Can Love You Better)" and "Don`t Hate Me" from Rudimental 2K (1999)
- Chase Phoenix - "Feel So..." from Cut to the Chase (2004)
- Prince Po - "Hold Dat" from The Slickness (2004)
- Strock, Owen (November 7, 2003). "DM + Jemini - Ghetto Pop Life". Dusted Magazine.
- Ware, Tony (August 15, 2003). "Ghetto Pop Life". XLR8R.
- Nelson, Havelock (April 8, 1995). ""Mercury Debut Rapper Jemini Proudly Displays All His 'Scars'", Billboard 107 (14): 18–19. Convenience link.
- Flick, Larry, ed. (April 15, 1995). "Jemini the Gifted One: Funk Soul Sensation", Billboard 107 (15): 49.
- (October 24, 2003). "Friday Review: The Forty Best Bands in the US", The Guardian, p. 12.
- Mugan, Chris (October 31, 2003). "Get beyond the cartoon: DM and Jemini don't mind a little bling-bling", The Independent, p. 16.