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There’s nobody like Gemini.
This is not just the tagline for 19-year-old William Albury’s MySpace and YouTube pages, it is his niche into the crowded world of Florida hip-hop music. Albury, a West Palm Beach native who is known around the Gainesville music scene as “Gemini,” sets himself apart from the rest of the violent, crime-filled hip-hop world by rapping about what is real to him.
“I’m a 19-year old college kid. I rap about girls,” he said. “That’s 90 percent of my life right now.”
Despite being one of few African-American students at the University of Florida, this second-year history major fits right in with everyone he meets, both on stage and off.
Perhaps his ability to make an impression on everyone comes from his strong upbringing in the rougher neighborhoods of West Palm Beach.
“I was probably the only guy in a 2 mile radius that had my mother and my father in my household,” he says.
As a teenager, Albury attended advanced placement and honors classes at Palm Beach Gardens High School, exposing him to two different extremes of society. In class he was surrounded by kids from richer neighborhoods, but at lunch he would freestyle rap over beats from garbage cans with kids from rough neighborhoods like his. Gemini says this is really where he learned how to mix with all walks of life.
His mainstream appeal shows in his music. His debut album, “Just What it Soundz Like,” has influences from old school rap, R&B, pop music, and even some house and techno thrown in. And it’s not just rapping over beats as one might find on a lot of first efforts, but a good deal of lyrical music sung by both Gemini and a multitude of female guests.
“He’s got a real fast flow. He talks and says different stuff and that’s why I like him,” says Will Buckley, aka Dj WillBuck, a local Gainesville radio personality and nightclub fixture.
While Gemini still remains unsigned, he sells his CD on his MySpace page and YouTube channel for five dollars. The idea is just to get the music out there so people can hear it, and this spring, a lot more people will be getting a chance to hear Gemini than had before.
When superstar rappers Red Man and Method Man played Gainesville April 23rd, Gemini was one of their opening acts, performing his single “Damn Shawty,” and his hit song “Gator Bait.” Gemini will also be making his West Coast debut May 6 in Anaheim, Calif., as part of the Best Buy Road Show.
“I read a quote,” he says, “that said ‘There’s no scarcity in doing what you love, just a scarcity in the resolve to make it happen.’ And that’s kinda how I live now. It doesn’t matter what other people say. If you have a dream, and you have something you really love doing, then that’s what you should do. And I’m doing it.”