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The Break Presents: Gemstones

Gemstones, real name DeMarco Castles, was signed to Lupe Fiasco's label 1st and 15th in 2001. Gemstones appeared on Fiasco's breakout album Food & Liquor (when Castles still rapped under the name Gemini) and then again on the "Kick, Push" rapper's second record, The Cool. Since then, 'Stones has released four mixtapes and two studio albums. The South Side Windy City native's latest project, Blind Elephant, showcases his lyrical strength and pinpoint cadences. Gemstones' flow is undeniable, he oozes passion (dude first started writing verses in the third grade—in crayon—at his grandma's house) and his message is strong. So can he become hip-hop's next big superstar ...

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