These Musicians Are Geminis. But Are You Surprised?

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Kanye West; Patti LaBelle; Prince
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Kanye West; Patti LaBelle; Prince
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Let’s face it: By and large, Geminis are incredibly creative individuals. It follows that there’s an abundance of Gemini musicians who dominate the music industry.

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It’s Black Music Month—or, per President Barack Obama’s recent proclamation, African-American Music Appreciation Month. Here we recognize the mastery and pure genius of these Gemini music-making folk.

The Notorious B.I.G.: May 21, 1972

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Yes, Biggie was a Gemini. The zodiac sign begins on May 21. Don’t hate.

Maxwell: May 23, 1973

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 30: Singer Maxwell performs onstage during the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards - Salute To Icons Honoring Doug Morris held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 30, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California.
Maxwell performs during the 52nd annual Grammy Awards Salute to Icons Honoring Doug Morris at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 30, 2010, in California.
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Maxwell recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of his epic album, Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite. The artist resurfaced in January with the release of his new album, Artificial. Welcome back; we’ve missed you!

Patti LaBelle: May 24, 1944

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 30: Patti LaBelle performs the National Anthem prior to the game between the Utah Jazz and Philadelphia 76ers on October 30, 2015 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. The Jazz defeated the 76ers 99-71.
Patti LaBelle performs the national anthem before the game between the Utah Jazz and Philadelphia 76ers on Oct. 30, 2015, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
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The living legend, Ms. Patti LaBelle, sometimes lets her “Gemini” out. We see you, Ms. Patti! 

Miles Davis: May 26, 1926

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Let us not forget the incomparable Miles Davis. Naturally, the composer of an album titled Birth of the Cool would be a Gemini.

Lenny Kravitz: May 26, 1964

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Singer Lenny Kravitz attends the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Lionel Richie at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
Lenny Kravitz attends the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Lionel Richie at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Feb. 13, 2016.
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Lenny is everything. Tight leather pants and all.

Andre 3000: May 27, 1975

SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Andre 3000 attends the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Beach on February 21, 2015 in Santa Monica, California.
Andre 3000 attends the Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Beach in California on Feb. 21, 2015.
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We love Three Stacks. The end.

Azealia Banks: May 31, 1991

BYRON BAY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 25: Azealia Banks performs for fans during Splendour in the Grass on July 25, 2015 in Byron Bay, Australia.
Azealia Banks performs during Splendour in the Grass in Byron Bay, Australia, on July 25, 2015.
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So you may not celebrate Azealia Banks (and her tirades), but she is, indeed, a Gemini. Maybe this explains things? Maybe not.

Josephine Baker: June 3, 1906

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Add this beauty to the list. Josephine Baker, jazz singer and dancer—what a vivacious spirit.

Prince: June 7, 1958

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 9: Musician Prince presents the award for "Favorite Leading Lady" onstage during the 31st Annual People’s Choice Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on January 9, 2005 in Pasadena, California.
Prince presents the award for Favorite Leading Lady during the 31st Annual People’s Choice Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California on Jan. 9, 2005.
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“Let’s Go Crazy.” “1999.” “Kiss.” The list goes on. We celebrate the artistry and musical genius of Prince, in life and in death.

Kanye West: June 8, 1977

 NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Kanye West attends the ’Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology’ Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City.
Kanye West attends the Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on May 2, 2016.
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Ye is almost over the hill. Any bets on whether or not Kanye West will act a fool in his 40s?

Tupac: June 16, 1971

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The Fader pulled 10 quotes from one of Tupac’s last interviews. Among his quotes: On being a Gemini he said, “That I’m one-sided—all of us as human beings have a dominant and a quiet side. I happen to be a Gemini … and I am young and I’m black and I’m from the hood, so it’s just, you got all these different facets. But I’m an artist, you know what I mean? And I’m hungry for knowledge. There’s no pigeonhole to put me in, so they’d rather just make it look like I’m crazy."

Kendrick Lamar: June 17, 1987

CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 04: Recording artist Kendrick Lamar speaks onstage during Spike TV’s 10th Annual Guys Choice Awards at Sony Pictures Studios on June 4, 2016 in Culver City, California.
Kendrick Lamar speaks during Spike TV’s 10th Annual Guys Choice Awards at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, Calif., on June 4, 2016.
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King Kendrick is all-the-way Gemini. And in “Untitled 6 6.30.2014.,” Lamar even gives a shoutout to his Gemini brethren: “A Gemini, do I let these personalities always conflict in me.”

Lionel Richie: June 20, 1949

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Singer Lionel Richie attends The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
Lionel Richie attends the 58th Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 15, 2016.
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In a Time Out London interview, Lionel Richie spoke to the complexity of being a Gemini: “There’s a great toast someone made about me: ‘Here’s to Lionel Richie, a great group of guys!’ I’m a Gemini, so who I am depends on what day it is.” You said it best, Lionel. Kudos to you for keeping it real!

Felice León is multimedia editor at The Root.

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