The mind of a Gemini can be a conflicted place. Thankfully when it comes to artists, their musicianship gets an additional layer of complexity that adds girth to lyrical thought, conceptual ideas and just overall relatable subject matter.

Today, Charlotte’s own Deniro Farrar joins the 27 Club amongst the living and is giving fans and followers a gift with the release of his Mind of a Gemini mixtape. Farrar doesn’t have an Aquarius rapping partner to lean on but as the project’s cover art suggests, he wields the power to channel a dual persona when it’s time to get dirty in the streets with fake friends (“Moody”), battle with one’s own soul (“Deceitful”) and even when rolling in Dirty South gumbolocious funk (“Impractical”). The project was inspired by Farrar’s real-life travels from Charlotte to New York City and all the way to Los Angeles. There can never be a proper substitute for actual experience when it comes to laying down tracks and this mixtape is audio proof.

Wish the conscious Leader of Cult Rap a Happy Birthday @DeniroFarrar and stream the HipHopDX premiere of Mind of a Gemini up above.