Jamaica-born, Atlanta-bred Genius is an unheralded architect of the ATL trap scene, working behind the scenes as a DJ, curator, and mixtape host in the influential music city. With today’s release of A Eastside Story: Deluxe Edition, Genius grabs the spotlight demonstrating his considerable abilities on the mic. The LP is a collaborative effort with newcomer Felipe, and the two artists demonstrate close chemistry, trading bars and providing each other with auto-tuned ad-libs. The project includes features from K Camp, Que, Hoodrich Pablo Juan, Mr. 2-17, K-Noe, Rich Espy, T-Hood, Coca Vango, ScottyATL, and Two-9.
“This LP is a compilation of experiences I had growing up as an adolescent in the Stone Mountain/Decatur area of Atlanta, going away to college, and then moving back to the Eastside,” Genius explains. “Each track describes a certain time or state of mind I was in during my story. The production resonates with a dark trap sound from Flair Fifth and Beat Attikz, brought to life with storytelling hi-hats and the emotional melodies of Musik MajorX. A Eastside Story: Deluxe Editionis also the first time I decided to add my own vocals to my songs. On previous projects, I was more influential behind the boards. On A Eastside Story, I wanted people to feel my story and the only real way to convey that was to be vocal on the project.”