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In Conversation With Emerging Rapper GenoDa1

In Conversation With Emerging Rapper GenoDa1

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Thursday, 22 April 2021
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Filled with his creative genius and special flow, and offering a mix between the best of classic rap and modern Hip-Hop, GenoDa1 recently released his most impactful tracks so far. We had the chance to chat with the rapper about his new music, upcoming plans, and songwriting process. 

Your stage name is unique, how did you come up with GenoDa1? 

Well at first, my rap name was just “Geno” i added “Da1” a couple of years ago because I grew up watching basketball and my favorite basketball player of all time is Tracy McGrady and his number in the NBA was mainly #1. Another reason was I just felt like it was too simple and it wasn’t going to catch anyone’s attention. 

Can you tell us a little bit about your latest EP, 3 A.M Sessions? 

I wanted a way to put out more music without releasing too much music or people constantly listening to the same sounding project. I wanted people to listen but not get tired of me. So the idea I came up with was to drop 3am sessions 2-3 times a month with 2-3 new songs with new sounds so people don’t label me as just a rapper with “one sound”. I don’t like that. And normally, 3am is around the time I always record.

At what point did you realize that you wanted to become a rapper? 

It had to be like 2 years after highschool when I finally realized I wanted to be a rapper. Before rap, I was playing basketball and planning on playing college basketball but I chose a different route because sports just wasn’t what I wanted to do anymore and I’m the type of person that if I don’t have a passion for something I will not do it. I do regret not continuing my basketball career and eventually playing college basketball. My name would have probably gotten bigger faster for playing college sports. 

What’s your biggest inspiration? Do you have any rappers/artists you look up to? 

Definitely.. Jay-Z, Kanye west, Lil wayne, Nas, and Drake are definitely some of my main inspirations in rap. I love Bob Marley, Slipknot, Nirvana and other Genres. I just love music.

We find your lyrics very personal and inspiring. When do you find yourself writing your best lyrics? Do you write before a studio session or during one?

I always write my best music at night time. More time to myself to focus and not getting phone calls really put me in my zone. Since I record myself in my home studio, I get more time to focus on a song, make it perfect then release it when I feel like it sounds right. And yes, my lyrics are very personal whatever I go through I put it in my music. My music and tracks are like updates on my life. Recently I went through a really bad breakup and it left me completely heartbroken so I just stood inside the house, ate and recorded everything I was feeling. My biggest inspiration is writing lyrics that connect with people. 

What is the favorite song you recorded so far and why? 

My favorite song up to date actually is a song I recorded about 6-8 months ago. The song is called “She Knows It” and even though it’s a short song the lyrics get to me everytime. The lyrics hit me hard on that song because it’s everything I wanted to tell the girl that left me. 

What is one message you would give your fans? 

Spread Love Not Hate. 

What’s next for GenoDa1? What are your plans for 2021? 

The next thing for me to do is to continue putting out good music and music videos. Everything is falling perfectly in line so I just got to continue to perfect my craft and consistently put out good music. I’m also working on a 7 song EP.

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