Patrick Curly Lox Gaynor and Paul Tu- Lox Gaynor, aka Twin of Twins, were born to parents Myel Gaynor and Louise Lenore Thelwell at the Victoria Jubilee hospital in Kingston Jamaica. Because of her financial situation at the time their mother had to take them to be raised by their grandmother in her native St.Elizabeth where they grew up under her strict guidance and endured the harsh disciplines of country life. Their mother came back for them when she got settled when they were about age five. They grew up between Water House, Grants Pen, and Chisolm Ave for the most part.
As children growing up in these volatile surroundings ,the twins were influenced by their surroundings in similar yet different ways. Patrick was from very early a funny outspoken revolutionary who from a tender age was already a proficient writer who had a natural gift of organizing how he felt and expressed it through poems and music. His older brother Delroy would play a pivotal role in his early development as an artiste by encouraging him to showcase his talent on some local talent shows like Lincholn (Sugar) Minott’s youth promotion Etc. It was while attending Papine Secondary School that Patrick would create and develop his first stage play ironically in biology class when the teacher was absent.
To everyone’s surprise almost the entire school was at the Biology Class window trying to get a glimpse of the brilliance that was unfolding. Unknown to Patrick at the time, this was just a tip of the iceberg, as his ability to imagine, capture and present the plight of the common man in a humorous way would one day take him and his brother to the forefront of Jamaican culture and write their names with a permanent marker in the music, comedy, and film history books.
Influenced by an incident where a tailor embarrassed the twins when they couldn’t pay for their school uniforms, Paul vowed to make them himself and did .Paul became so adept at fashion designing in fact that he would begin to attract clientele which included celebrities like Capleton, Sizzla, Jah Cure, Everton Blender to name a few. It was Paul’s brilliance in this area that inspired Patrick to later conceptualize the Kingston 13 clothing line way before the popularity of merchandising in today’s Jamaican music industry.
Patrick’s natural tendency to imitate the voices of who he spoke about when telling a story was noticed by one of their friends, Dwayne (psycho) Christie. In 1996. Dwayne suggested Patrick recorded this intriguing art that would cause a phenomena that came to be known as the “Stir it Up volumes.” The series began with volumes 1,2 and 3 which Patrick conceptualized ,wrote and recorded the most of and invited his brother Paul to play the character of Famous Demus. Initially , even though Stir it up 1,2and 3 was an instant sensation that would go viral long before the term was coined Paul had concerns that his brother’s music career would not be taken seriously.
Patrick valued Paul’s opinion and as such sidelined the popularity garnered from the tape. After struggling with his musical identity for the next seven years , it was Patrick’s son’s mother, who in 2003, suggested that he record another Stir it up volume as this was who he Truly was . Heeding her advice Patrick came up with volume 4 “The Crucifixion of the Ghetto”. This was a blend of humor and social awareness that employed a balance of hardcore street smarts and undiluted intellect by collaborating the imitation of a foul mouthed Mutabaruka and a modified version of Ian Boyne; these two voices would represent both sides of the social divide.
Patrick would again ask Paul to play famous Demus and join him as a duo he would call Twin of Twins. Though Patrick is the writer of the two ,his brother’s input and opinion is vital to his creative process as paul would overtime grow more comfortable with this art. This would be their winning formula to this day. The reintroduction of Stir it Up was an immediate success. Patrick also would reinvent his music by singing them in a similar fashion to the stir it up tapes a method which took them to the forefront of dancehall .
The twins’ work would directly and indirectly impact every area of music and comedy. The imitations , Interveiws, songs and slangs would give life and prominence to those imitated and otherwise.Their work though initially blacklisted by mainstream interest for being too direct would inspire a whole generation of copycats. Patrick has written songs for the likes of Elephant Man, Beenie Man and more than three dozen songs for Bounty Killer, including his two Soul / Reggae ballads, “It’s Ok,” “Say You’re Leaving,” and songs like “Warlord Nuh Business,” “Little Dread Bwoy,” among others which made Patrick a Grammy nominated song writer.
The Twins would take both dancehall and comedy and the value of education to heights it’s never before witnessed in dancehall or comedy. In 2006, the Twins were invited to the prestigious Harvard University to lecture on Religion and Politics and Marcus Garvey’s impact on the modern world an Jamaican Economics.
The twins have traveled extensively throughout their career .Although never officially or commercially endorsed or awarded in Jamaica or officially recognized for their immense contribution, the Twins to this day, remain the most prolific, unnatural forces to be reckoned with in the underground as they remain consistent with their hit albums one after the other.
In April 2013 the Twins released their 10th installment of their Stir it Up volumes “Locked up a Yaad,” to rave reviews.This album was the precursor to highly controversial hit singles like “Up Wid Di Money” and “Tessanne.” The twins also hit big with their karate voice over movie “CHING POW FAR EAST YARDIES.” In January 2015 Patrick would add the tittle of author to his resume when he penned his autobiography entitled “THE ROAD TO ZION”.
Patrick, would reinvent the Twin of Twins brand at every interval. In 2015 Patrick decided to indulge the spirituality at the root of his creativity in its purest form that’s been calling him for ages. In December Patrick wrote and recorded a reggae song with Dann- I entitled “SHOES LIKE MINE,” a song that chronicles the ills of a defiently divided Jamaican society. The reception inspired Patrick to commit to writing and co recording a Twin of Twins a reggae album that is in the works .
Twins are also set to release their new installment of Stir it Up volume 11 and the sequel to their hit voice over movie “CHING POW FAR EAST YARDIES.”