In truth, he's lucky enough to have had parents who thought music, and music education, was important. Naturally, they weren't panning on stopping him. The first instrument Gino picked up was the trumpet in middle school. He played for about three years until putting it down in exchange for aggressive inline skates, and a strong misinterpretation of the then popular hip-hop/rock group, Limp Bizkit.
After some time, and in no reference to Limp Bizkit, the young dude wanted to make some noise of his own. Soon came a 7-piece drum set which he played for years on his own, eventually upgrading his kit and playing in a few different projects around the time he graduated high school. Around the same time Gino began to dabble in guitar, ultimately driving him towards to piano. "Cash Rules Everything Around Me...." During the early parts of high school, while playing drums in bands and what not, Gino navigated away from his parents vinyl collection, and into his older sister's CD collection. He was introduced to what became one of his most beloved albums.
Looking back, who would have thought an album like "The Score" could have triggered such a domino effect of emotion and creative drive? Then again its The FUGEES... so it makes sense. Moving onto Wyclef Tupac, Jay-Z, Lauren Hill, Mase (yes, Mase), Wu-Tang Clan, Big-L, DMX, and EMINEM, Gino was able to understand a wide variety of styles and approaches to writing. He figured you can kind of do whatever you want...and that there was really only one rule involved...Keep it real.
"Lodi Dodi..." Gino began to write his own material. At first, he would recap the previous night's craziness in a rap for his boys. Who did what? She slept with who?? kind of stuff. Hours and weeks of free-styling later Gino finally decided to take it to the studio and record 2 cuts with his friend Art-offical (producer/MC) in East Stroudsburg.
After relocating back to his home town, He recorded 12 cuts for his first CD "The Prelude" in late 2006. This CD would serve Gino as a learning experience. It received some solid reviews from a few internet publications and locally put his name out there. Tracks like "The Dance 1973", "B!tch" and "Fallen Soldiers" were the stand-outs on the CD.
He was always grateful for the positive feed back..but wanted to move on to new material ASAP. He would also like to credit 90.7 WCLH for their dedication to everyone's original music. So, you're like.... a Rapper"? Gino moved to Philadelphia briefly through 2007-2008. During that time he wrote and recorded a number of songs over original, yet unlicensed beats.
Songs from this era such as "Party Scene", "Space-Walk Interlude" and "You ain't Hip-Hop" reveal an amazing level of progress in his skill as an MC, and also, an individual trying to figure out where he wanted to stand as an artist. Is He Really from Philly...? YES? Gino was selected by URB Magazine to be apart of their national promotion with Suzuki in late 2007. They chose 10 hip-hop artist from 10 cities. His song "American Dreamons" was selected to rep. Philly along side such artists as WALE from D.C and Black Milk from NY.
For a few months, there were 2 (two) large graffiti walls painting in his likeness in Phila. courtesy of URB Mag and the website (busabeats.com) that once contained the original artists, is now devoted to an MC battle promoting the same Suzuki product. Whats Gino Been Working On? Gino is currently working on a project with friend and fellow MC Jaeon. The project is called GAME 7 and is thought to be available in May 2010.
They are recording exclusively in JL Studios (www.myspace.com/jlrecording) and have been doing music of the production work along side Joe Loftus. Yes, as in making the beats themselves. Risky or respectable? You decide when it come out. Gino has already begun writing for his solo album which he hopes to have out around christmas 2010.
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