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The Brown Bag w/ Gemstones

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Chicago singer, songwriter, and emcee, 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. 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 of a lifetime when he hosted Chicago’s version of the network’s document series “My Block”.
While working on various projects, including Lupe Fiasco’s Food and Liquor and The Cool, Gemstones’ music reached international level, while also being featured on tracks with Drake, and Jay-Z as well as touring the world as part of Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool Tour. Gemstones began putting together his debut album “Troubles of The World” and in the summer of 2007. After traveling the country Gemstones later released his follow up project, The Testimony of Gemstones.
Following the release of The Testimony of Gemstones, in 2009 Gemstones decided to part ways with his 1st and 15th family. He 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 fanbase. In 2010, Gemstones re-emerged and released his highly anticipated street album Road to Glory: My Story. With the release of Road to Glory,
By building his company “Gemstones for Life”, he is actively touring and performing in various cities . 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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