MP3 Ed Genesis "The Onliest" - A Fifth of Gen
Ed Genesis "The Onliest" IS just that, the only one who can do what he does, how he does it. For for those of you haven''t been properly introduced, let this be your personal invitation into the world of Gen.....come have a drink.
19 MP3 Songs
HIP HOP/RAP: Rap, URBAN/R&B: R&B Rap mix
If God decided to rap this would be the body, the voice and the face he would use and with faith he would move even the spirit of an atheist dude...
Who is bold enough to say such a thing and yet so justified in doing so? No one other than Ed Genesis “The Onliest”. He is an artist not bound by years but secured by wisdom. He survived an unfortunately typical ‘80’s inner city childhood that is now a cliché “must have” to be a successful rapper. Instead of capitalizing on the negativity, Ed Genesis is using it as a tool to show the world that anything is possible. Millions of people are able to put words together that rhyme and even say them in a catchy way over a nice beat. The difference between them and Ed Genesis is his mind.
He was born Edward Griffin in Gary, Indiana in 1975. His mother tried her hardest to raise her oldest son the best she could. From his earliest memory, she was giving him the game he would need to survive, not only at the time, but also for the rest of his life. Unbeknownst to him, his battle with this world would not start on the streets; it would start at home.
As a child, he was extremely creative. He took pride in using his vocabulary. Like others who grew up in that era, The Message by Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five was his first exposure to rap music. At the age of 7 he created his first rap. For a child who was born and raised in what was once the murder capitol of the world, music was more than entertainment, it was an escape. The street life was not debatable. Once shoved in, he drew to the streets like a shark in the ocean. As he got older, the things his mother told him began to manifest themselves. Life as he knew it was not about options, but about survival.
In 1992, his circumstances led him to make Kalamazoo, Michigan his permanent home. Noticing that life there was different, he was able to focus more on his craft. Those verses about life in Gary transformed Ed Griffin to King Ed G to Ed Genesis. Telling himself that rap was not going to pay the bills, he did what was necessary to survive. In 1999, he could no longer ignore what he is here to do. He started his record label R.N.R.O (formerly Ride Out Records) that year with partner Kevin Ford. He began to perform more and would often do so with his group Thorobred Ridahs. He has opened for Twista, Trina, Memphis Bleek, and Amerie to name a few. To date he has released nine underground albums.
It did not take long for people to notice Ed Genesis is different. It was not the fact that his mind is his notebook and his studio. Sure, it is fascinating to watch him appear to be meditating and mumbling for five minutes and hear words put together unlike anything you have ever heard before. However, what makes him amazing is the thought he puts into his words and the deeper meaning and outlook he offers on life and all that it entails.
Rap is saturated and everyone is drowning. If you brought your head out of the water and took a breath, you would be inhaling Ed Genesis. His intellect, confidence, eloquent speech, commanding voice, and humble attitude make it easy for those who meet him or listen to his lyrics draw to him. He puts all of himself into his music. He talks about all facets of himself, which makes his content versatile. Never forgetting where his blessings come from protects his position and proves that this life is limitless. What’s real is what’s real. Certain things in life have no boundaries. For this reason, Ed Genesis is the only one who can do what he does. He is truly “The Onliest”.