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Get some Ghetto Pop Life live - or remixed


Story: Jack Foley

HOT on the heels of their critically acclaimed debut album, Ghetto Pop Life, fabled New York emcee, Jemini, and DJ/super-producer, Danger Mouse, hit UK shores in August for some unmissable live shows.

First stop will be the dance stage of the Reading and Leeds festivals, then onto London for a Lex Records night at the Scala, alongside J-Zone, and, finally, calling in at the main room of one of London’s best club nights, Fabric Live. Tickets for all dates are on sale now.

In addition to the live dates, there will also be a Ghetto Pop Life Remix EP release on which producer, DM, serves up fresh material in the form of new versions of two of the hottest album tracks – Ghetto Pop Life and What U Sittin On?

Lead track, Ghetto Pop Life, appears twice; once as a DM remix, and as a further mix featuring Slim Kid Tre from The Pharcyde.

What U Sittin On? sees Jemini sharing vocal duties with Tha Liks (formerly Tha Alkaholiks) and Cee Lo (founding member of Goodie Mob).

Ghetto Pop Life saw one of New York’s most skilled emcees, Jemini (aka Jemini the Gifted One, aka The Funk Soul Sensation), team up with DJ Danger Mouse for their first ever full-length partnership.

It was recorded at the legendary D&D studios New York (studio of choice for DJ Premier and also the lab for Nas, The Notorious BIG, KRS-One, Gangstarr, Jay-Z, and others); as well as at sessions in J-Zone’s own Pimp Palace East, London, Atlanta and LA.

Reflecting the diversity of recording locations, the album draws on the rich heritage and vein of talent synonymous with the New York hip-hop scene, while also incorporating influences and guests from other regions on the musical map.

Danger Mouse and Jemini’s aim of 'making great songs no matter what category they would eventually fit in' ensures that Ghetto Pop Life defies all the usual sub-genre classifications.

Jemini comes to the mic stronger than ever, delivering a smooth yet intense lyrical flow that covers everything from women, parties and his own skills, through to war, poverty, and the American government.

Injected with sharp wit and humour, his lyrics are as powerful, fresh, relevant, and, most importantly, as exciting as those of any artist on the scene past or present.

This lyrical dexterity comes from experience – Jemini is no stranger to the game and played a hand in establishing the New York hip-hop landscape through his highly acclaimed major label release – Brooklyn Kids/Funk Soul Sensation and the much sought after rare Jem, the Scars and Pain EP.

Danger Mouse’s own brand of original and innovative production, meanwhile, provides Jemini with the perfect backdrop.

His highly crafted bounce-filled beats are backed by humorous vocal samples, strings, guitar loops, and even a church choir (check out the intro to the title track), which all blend together to create an intoxicating funk and soul-fuelled soundscape.

Ghetto Pop Life sees DM reference a wide variety of sources. Musical influences range from Prince Paul and Isaac Hayes through to Portishead and Pink Floyd; and time spent living in the epicentre of college indie rock – Athens, Georgia, manifests itself in the album’s subtle incorporation of guitar elements.

There’s also a cinematic aspect to Danger Mouse’s music – he cites the work of film scorers such as Ennio Morricone and Lalo Schifrin as inspiration and readily admits he wants to be 'the hip hop Woody Allen by doing some funny silly shit as well as some serious heavy stuff'.

Full UK tour schedule

August 22 - Reading Festival

August 23 - Leeds Festival

August 27 - Scala, London

August 29 - Fabric Live, London

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