Scars and Pain
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EP by Jemini the Gifted One


May 23, 1995


April 1994 - January 1995


D15 Studios
(New York City, New York)


Hip hop, East Coast hip hop, Underground hip hop






Kenyatta Bell (also exec.) Buckwild, The Fat Man, Jemini the Gifted One, Minnesota, Organized Konfusion, Rah Boogy

Jemini the Gifted One chronology


Ghetto Pop Life (2003)

Scars and Pain is the debut EP by American rapper Jemini the Gifted One. It was released on May 23, 1995, by Mercury Records. The album features production work by Organized Konfusion and Buckwild, among others. According to an interview with Billboard, Jemini titled it Scars and Pain because that is what he experienced while looking for a record deal. The first single from the album, "Funk Soul Sensation", was released on March 7, 1995, with an accompanying music video.

Jemini was dropped from Mercury Records before critics were able to review the album, resulting in very little promotion. The album was never officially released, with only a limited vinyl pressing and additional promo copies on CD and vinyl. For that reason, the album failed to reach any Billboard charts. The Source magazine, in one of the only reviews of the album published around its release, rated the album 3.5 mics out of 5, stating that the EP "has sparks of originality, but at the same time it remains in that realm of old school funk that laid the foundation for hip hop".[1] 

Although he released a number of singles in following years, Jemini did not release another album until he made a short-lived return in 2003 with the release of Ghetto Pop Life, a collaboration with producer Danger Mouse.

Track listing[edit | edit source]

Original pressing[edit | edit source]

All songs performed by Jemini the Gifted One.

No. Track Writer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "Can't Stop Rockin' (Tribute)" Smith, White The Fat Man, Kenyatta Bell, Jemini the Gifted One 3:38
2. "Brooklyn Kids" Brown, Rans, Smith Minnesota 4:36
3. "Scars and Pain" Smith Buckwild 4:32
4. "Letcho 'Batyflo" Barnes, Mayes, Smith Organized Konfusion 4:09
5. "Funk Soul Sensation" Smith, Watson Organized Konfusion 4:16
6. "Story of My Life" Smith Buckwild 4:14
7. "50 MC's in a Cipher" Smith Rah Boogy, Jemini the Gifted One (co.) 4:53

Japan 2012 rerelease[edit | edit source]

No. Track Producer(s) Time
8. "Funk Soul Sensation (Godfather Mix Clean)" Godfather Don 3:59
9. "Funk Soul Sensation (Return of the Funk Remix Clean)" Soul G 3:19
10. "Brooklyn Kids (Remix)" Minnesota 4:37
11. "Can't Stop Rockin' (Tribute) (Fat Laces Mix Clean)" Unknown 4:15
12. "Can't Stop Rockin' (Tribute) (Goldfinger Mix Dirty)" Goldfinger 3:49


  • Track 7 features piano performed by Aaron Bell.

Samples[edit | edit source]

Can't Stop Rockin' (Tribute)

  • "Strange Games & Things" by Love Unlimited Orchestra

Brooklyn Kids

  • "For Your Love" by Peter Brown

Scars and Pain

  • "Pretty Blue" by Phil Upchurch
  • "Fearless Freestyle" by The Fearless Four

Letcho 'Batyflo

Funk Soul Sensation

  • "Ain't That a Bitch" by Johnny Guitar Watson
  • "Speak Ya Clout" by Gang Starr

Story of my Life

  • "Dolphin Dance" by Ahmad Jamal Trio

50 MC's in a Cipher

  • "Synthetic Substitution" by Melvin Bliss

Funk Soul Sensation (Godfather Mix)

  • "Superman Lover" by Johnny Guitar Watson

Funk Soul Sensation (Return of the Funk Soul Remix)

  • "Ain't I Been Good to You (Part 1 & 2)" by The Isley Brothers

Can't Stop Rockin' (Tribute) (Goldfinger Mix)

  • "Feel Like Making Love" by Bob James

Credits[edit | edit source]

  • Recorded by: John Kogan (track 1)
  • Engineer: John Kogan (track 2, 4, 5), George Spatta (track 3, 6, 7)
  • Engineer (assistant): Rob Farrell (track 3), Franco Starnella (track 6, 7), Robert Farrell (track 6, 7), Chaz Harper (track 6, 7)
  • Engineer (additional): Adam Kidzin (track 6)
  • Mixed by: Jason Vogel (track 1, 5), John Kogan (track 2, 4, 7), Tony Somalios (track 3, 6)
  • Mastered by: Carton Batts (track 1)

References[edit | edit source]

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