Genesis Blu, Winner of the 2014 Matthew Knowles AWARD, is Showing the Hip Hop Community How It's Done BY BRINGING HONESTY TO HER MUSIC!
Hi Genesis, so glad to meet you! Tell us a little about yourself and your music?
I am born and raised in Houston, Texas. I am a hip hop artist, philanthropist, radio personality, and hip hop life coach/motivational speaker. I am the 2014 winner of the Matthew Knowles artist showcase. I have been rapping and writing since I was about 11 or 12. I wanted a name that represented what I am trying to accomplish in the music industry. Genesis represents a major change in hip hop just as the flood symbolizes change in the Genesis chapter of the bible. In order to have a fresh new start the negativity, evil and sin had to be wiped out. Blu has dual meaning…it is an acronym for Best Lyricist Undiscovered and also represents the colors of my beloved sorority Zeta Phi Beta. In our organization the color blue represent royalty, which is what I am presenting in my music.
You listed MC Lyte, Lauryn Hill, and Roxanne Shante as your inspiration, what is it about these women that have influenced your work?
These women were able leave a major mark in the hip hop community without having to ‘sell sex’ or lose most of their integrity. On top of that they are really great lyricists and are just as good if not better than some of the most popular male hip hop artists. They also are very intelligent and have several other talents and projects going on outside of the hip hop community. They have their own identity, not an identity that was created for them. They are queens.
Which one of your released track would you pick as your most skilled work and why?
The currently released tracks are honestly not my most skilled work. People aren’t ready for my most skilled work because my lyrics can be very politically conscious and controversial. However, the current track I released called ‘So Natural’ is a great display of the balance I have as a true lyricist who also likes to have fun with her music.
Is there anyone you would love to collaborate with?
Yes of course, Nas, MC Lyte, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Janelle Monae, Scarface, Solange, Andre 3000 and Erykah Badu to name a few.
What has been the most challenging aspect of being a female lyricist/emcee?
It’s very tough because for women people look at your image first before they will even listen to you. Women are almost forced to have some sort of gimmick. Men can get on a track looking and sounding a mess and people will still listen to it. People automatically want to compare you to the next female artist instead of comparing your music to anyone in the hip hop community. That’s frustrating because the industry wants you to be in a box and I don’t seem to fit in any one box completely.
When is your next gig, performance, or release?
I will be releasing part II of the #3peace mixtape of February 19th for #3peace Thursday. I also have a video shoot coming up for my #stilldreamin’ campaign which will be held on February 26th and 27th .