Video: Genius – “Grew Up” ft. Felipe & Mr. 2-17

Following the Release of A Eastside Story: Deluxe Edition, the ATL DJ/Artist Releases a Visual Detailing His Origin Story



The Video:

Before touring with and hosting mixtapes for artists such as K Camp and Migos, DJ/Artist Genius was just a teenaged Jamaican immigrant trying to make it on the Eastside of Atlanta. In the video for Grew Up,” premiered today by HotNewHipHop, Genius retreats to his childhood home to reflect on his upbringings, accompanied by Felipe and Mr. 2-17, whose verses detail their respective come-ups. “The Eastside holds a lot of significance for me because it taught me the street & hip-hop culture of Atlanta,” says Genius. As a foreign kid in a strange Atlanta neighborhood, Genius’ love of music and Hip-Hop allowed him to connect with others and make his mark on the city’s burgeoning scene. “I grew up a screw-up,” raps Genius on the hook, but look at him now.

On June 17th, Genius released A Eastside Story: Deluxe Edition LP, a collaborative project with Atlanta newcomer Felipe. Prior to the LP’s release, Genius released “Never Satisfied,” a collaboration with fellow Eastsider Scotty ATL, via 2DopeBoyz, and “Ego Trippin‘,” a lavish-life Beat Attikz-produced anthem featuring Felipe and K-Noe. “Ego Trippin'” followed the XXL premiere of the epic, 45-track “Gucci’s Home” mix, released on the day of Gucci Mane’s release from prison.  Last month, VIBE debuted Genius’ “Movie 2.0,” which features Que and frequent collaborator K Camp, while HipHopDX shared the Make It Work video, in which Genius and Felipe mob out on a liquor store run. Available to purchase oniTunes, the LP also includes features from Hoodrich Pablo Juan, Mr. 2-17, K-Noe, Rich Espy, T-Hood, Coca Vango, and Two-9.

Currently K Camp’s DJ, Genius has hosted Migos‘ first two mixtapes and worked with artists such as 2 Chainz, Travis Porter, Scotty ATL, and more in his early days as an artist. Immigrating to Atlanta at the age of 13, Genius grew up idolizing the DJ’s, or “selectors,” in his home country of Jamaica and decided that he wanted to learn the craft to the very best he could. Blown away by the technology available in the U.S., Genius quickly became the plug for selling mix CD’s in high school, blending current hits with his reggae collection. Selling mixes turned into throwing parties for big money in college, where he broughtDrake and Nicki Minaj to Georgia Southern University. Promoting gave way to hosting mixtapes and hanging out at studios, to eventually breaking records by the likes of 2 Chainz and Travis Porter in clubs. A Eastside Story: Deluxe Edition further establishes Genius as a major player in the Atlanta rap movement.

Watch “Grew Up”:

Check out the HotNewHipHop premiere:

Buy A Eastside Story: Deluxe Edition:

Please contact Michelle or Rory if interested in talking with Genius.

Genius Background

Jamaica-born and East Atlanta-raised Disc Jockey Genius is pioneering the new ATL sound that is making waves through the music industry. Genius offers an intense and engaging live show that is anchored by big records curated by Genius himself. Over the last few years Genius has had heavy involvement in breaking several major artists such as 2 Chainz, Migos, and fellow slum, K Camp. While on tour with K Camp this past year, Genius has been crafting his third LP, Prince Slum which includes features by K Camp, Trae The Truth, Sy Ari Da Kid, Scotty ATL and more. Presently with a total of over 5 million streams online, an impressive library of records/features and a network of powerful contacts Genius is poised to be one of the most intriguing and influential players in Hip Hop.


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“Grew Up”:

“Never Satisfied” ft. Scotty ATL:

“Ego Trippin” ft. K-Noe:

“Gucci’s Home” (Genius Tribute):

“Make It Work”: //

“Movie 2.0” ft. K Camp & Que (Prod. by Flair Fifth & Beat Attikz):