Italian-American actor and rapper Gino Borri -- sometimes known as Gino the Ghost -- is a multifaceted entertainer who combines his on- and off-screen passions. Born and raised outside of Detroit, the Los Angeles-based Borri has featured in films like Into the Storm, starred in music videos like Linkin Park's "Lost in the Echo," and provided voice-over work for animated movies like Stan Lee's Chakra: The Invincible. While studying marketing at Western Michigan University, Borri decided to leave school and pursue a full-time music career. His initial tracks echoed the old-school, sample-heavy vibe of early-era Kanye West (2012's "Green Theory") and hints of young Eminem ("Good Morning America"), merging boasts, humor, and self-awareness with his steady flow. His Green Party mixtape was produced by frequent collaborator Kinetic and issued in 2013. Borri spent the following years working on films, and returned to his music in 2015. He released a handful of singles that year, including "Don't Play," produced by YOG$, and "PIF," featuring Detroit MC Supakaine. In 2016, his sound and tone began to shift. "Listen to Missy" featured Waldo and production by Sango on a dark and smoky track more suited to chilling out than getting hyped up. The languid, R&B-influenced "U&I" arrived months later. Produced by Wxve, it further expanded his sound with atmospheric electronic textures and singing. At the end of the year, Borri released the trap-influenced "Work for It," featuring Ye Ali. The contemporary, Migos-style trap effect became fully realized on his early 2017 single, "Can't Lose." ~ Neil Z. Yeung
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