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Greetings fellow Doebotz! I am very pleased to introduce an extremely talented writer and hip-hop artist by the name of “Genesis”. I can remember earlier this year I was told about this guy named Genesis by a good friend of mine named Brenner Vasquez of INDI:VSBL Media. Brenner was explaining how his brother Ivan had been working with Genesis, and that he was making some real noise on the radio stations in Va. Beach, Va. It wasn’t until Brenner teamed up with his brother Ivan & Genesis to shoot his music video for ”I Just Want To Be A Writer (Note To Pharrell)” that I knew what was really going on. I can honestly say it has been a minute since I’ve heard an artist that I thought was a perfect representation of Hip-Hop, not that sh*t that plays over and over on your local radio stations day in & day out. Shortly after listening to the entire Grey Skies Mixtape, I took it upon myself to reach out to Genesis and express my gratitude for his verbal expressions over beats and to also pitch a non-exclusive sponsorship opportunity, which I am happy to say he accepted. Mark my words, you will be hearing his name a lot more in the near future! Doebotz is honored to work with Genesis, and we hope that you enjoy this brief interview inside the world of Russell McGee, Jr aka Genesis…
Check out Grey Skies!!!
DBZ: So Genesis, where are you from originally & where do you reside now?
Genesis: I’m from Virginia Beach, Va but reside in Chattanooga, Tn right now.
DBZ: When & how did you become interested in music?
Genesis: Around middle school really…I always refer back to this poem by T.S. Elliot, I forget the name of it now (laugh), I think its The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock ~ or Song of J Alfred Prufrock something close to this. The lyrical wit and metaphors he used to explain this small fraction of time, the love, and his feelings with this girl was written in a way I’ve never heard. This planted the seed for me to write/rap.
DBZ: Who are some of your influences? (not only confined to music)
Genesis: Besides my spiritual influences, I’d have to say Nat King Cole, Radiohead, Getz/Gilberto, my parents of course…not to get too mushy, (laugh), but I really feel like I’ve had the best parents growing up and there still the best in my book.
Ever feel kinda egotistical when it comes to your music? Most of the time I’m like that and never rarely go into looking for anything new, but to compensate for that I have my dear friends Marc and Krome (aka Diggy Simmon’s number 1 fan). I will admit that I always go into listening to music with my expectations quite low to which I’m always surprised, no matter how many times; in fact this happened in particular with a mixtape Marc featured on his Mixtape Monday. The music was so good that I had to reach out for an interview because quite frankly, there isn’t really much known about Genesis as an emcee and I believe he’s one of the most talented rappers I’ve ever heard. He was quite willing to help out and so we got it going. Check out the full interview as we talk about all sorts of things, from music to video games and a bit about himself as a person.
It’s great to finally interview you. What’s your name, where are you from, and what do you do?
My name is Russell “Genesis” McGee. My mother, while she was pregnant with me, wanted me to be born in here hometown by the same doctor that birth my sister. So even though I’ve never lived there (until recently), I was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee; however, I spent most of my life in Virginia Beach, Virginia. So if I ever say I’m headed back home, I’m speaking of Virginia Beach, Va. (laugh). I’m a songwriter and a ghost writer.
What’s the life of a songwriter/ghost writer like?
Nuts (laugh)!!! Nah, really it’s cool. Unless you get some deal, it’s pretty much a commission based gig. You get as much as you put in. Many times you will get a lot less than you put in because your trying to build some relationships with key people in your market.
What inspired you to pursue that career?
Well, it was two things. First, I had other obligations that would hinder me from traveling as much as an artist now days would have to. Second, I saw that there was a large market for writers, especially those that can produce or write in many different genres.
When did you first fall in love with rap?
Honestly, middle school…I heard a poem by T.S. Elliot that he completely destroyed! That, believe it or not, opened my eyes to many other rappers of that era, like B.I.G., Big L, Jay Z, Nas, Tupac, etc. Although I heard rap before middle school, I really never developed an appreciation until then. Took me another 10 years before I could honestly say I completely understood it…you know, the life behind each word.
What are your goals and where do you hope to see yourself in 5 years time?
Being content in any situation is one of my major goals. Life is good…I think when people reach out for too much they lose more than they gain. Owning some multi-million dollar label geared towards conscious music would be dope, but at the end of 5 years, if I can say that I grew as a person, that’s enough for me.
Who are your top artists that you listen to most?
Wow, that’s a tough one. It would be between Nat King Cole and Radiohead I’d have to say…I actually bought the In Rainbows album twice. Queens of the Stone Age and Getz/Gilberto is another one of my favorites. Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Coldtrain will never leave my playlist. I like good music.
Who’s the current artist out now that you like?
There are many, but if I had to pick one…I would pick this band called Phoenix. There a French band that has been doing music for awhile now, but there last album is what set them apart in my eyes. I’m really looking forward to there next project.
Grey skies is one of my favorite mixtapes, I imagine the response has been great from it. Was it meant as a portfolio to showcase your writing skills or were you fed up with just writing for others?
I just love doing music to be honest. It was to show my hip hop side to some clients, but it also allowed me to introduce myself to people who may not be familiar with my music. No matter how many people I write for, I’ll still always make my own music…it’s just something inside of me I got to do. No one can tell your story better than you can. We all have things we go through that are similar in ways, but still different enough to feel like an individual.
When can we expect more material from you?
I’m working on Grey Skies 2 now…that should be done sometime September/October 2010.