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Turn It UP! Chicago singer, songwriter, and MC, Gemstones

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Chicago singer, songwriter, and MC, Gemstones is the definition of a true talent. Gemstones began his career in 2001 when he linked up with then unknown fellow Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco and his partner, 1st and 15th Productions founder Charles Patton immediately signed Gemstones and in 2006, he released his first project, Untamed Beast. Later that year, MTV gave Gemstones the opportunity to host Chicago’s version of the network’s documentary series “My Block”. Who's soundtrack featured four tracks from Gemstones, including his single “Got what you need” accompanied by the music video that received heavy rotation on MTV. The success from “Got what you need” landed Gemstones the opportunity to host MTV's Suckerfree countdown, sending Gemstones’ career into overdrive.  While working on various projects, including Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor and The Cool, Gemstones’ music reached international levels. He has also featured on tracks with artist such as Drake, and Jay-Z as well as touring the world as part of Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool Tour.  He released his debut album “Troubles of The World” and in the summer of 2007, gemstones and Lupe Fiasco released the projects first single “We On”.  He released his follow up project, The Testimony of Gemstones. In 2009 Gemstones decided to part ways with his 1st and 15th family and took a small hiatus from music, to build a relationship with God and accept Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. He also focused his attention on building his own brand and expanding his fan base. In 2010, Gemstones re-emerged and released his street album Road to Glory: My Story. By building his company “Gemstones for Life”,  Fans can look forward to newly inspired music from Gemstones, reaching a global audience from all walks of life through his creative and eclectic reinvention.

 

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