Celebrated producer and musician Danger Mouse and talented New York rapper Jemini Have announced the long-delayed release of their Born Again album — recorded in 2004 but previously unheard until now — available to the public after 20 years in the vault on 25th August via Lex Records. Remarkably, the release comes nearly two decades after the album’s creation and coincides with the twentieth anniversary of the duo’s debut LP, hip-hop cult classic, Ghetto Pop Life.
In tandem with the news, Danger Mouse and Jemini have shared lead single, “Brooklyn Basquiat.” The bouncing, vibrant track is available here.
Back in 2003, Danger Mouse and Jemini dropped their debut album, and Danger Mouse’s first official release on a record label, Ghetto Pop Life; a rap spectacular which quickly became widely-celebrated. As well as being one of the finest rap offerings of the era, Ghetto Pop Life foreshadowed Danger Mouse’s later triumphs including The Grey Album, his production work for Gorillaz and A$AP Rocky, and collaborations with CeeLo as Gnarls Barkley, MF DOOM for DANGERDOOM plus his most recent hip-hop offering, 2022’s Cheat Codes alongside Black Thought.
Soon after finishing Ghetto Pop Life, Danger Mouse and Jemini began to write and record their second album, Born Again. Having been indefinitely shelved, Born Again will now finally be released worldwide this August. The previously unheard record retains many of the elements of Danger Mouse and Jemini’s debut – most notably the fun-loving, sh*t-talking innocence – but also adopts a markedly more introspective and confessional tone. This time, in addition to lighthearted topics such as being an incredible artist, living large and being a magnet for attention, Jemini also delivers highly-personal and occasionally devastating lyrics about missed opportunities and redemption, his time in prison and complicated relationship with his father.