Mix: Genius – #CauseMiBlack

The Atlanta DJ Comments on Police Brutality and Racism with the 72-Minute Mix



The Mix:

In response to horrifying violence by and towards the police, Jamaican-born Atlanta-based tastemaker and DJ Genius shares #CauseMiBlack?, an expertly curated CD-length mix that addresses race relations in America and abroad. As the latest installment in Genius’ Slumchat mix series, #CauseMiBlack? eschews the series’ normal format of showcasing the best new hip hop tracks in favor of a more issue-driven and expansive approach. Featuring classic tracks from the likes of N.W.A. and KRS-One alongside more recent tracks from Kendrick Lamar and Big K.R.I.T., the mix is a powerful statement about how relations between African-Americans and the police have remained troubled since even before hip-hop’s Golden Era. However, inclusions of tracks like Nas“If I Ruled The World” and Jay Z & Kanye West‘s  “Murder to Excellence” express hope and explore solutions that might end the racism endemic in American culture. Chosen by Okayplayer as their sole Mixtape Monday feature, they referred to it the mix as “rebel music that should be blasted out the windows.”

Named after Assassin‘s impassioned chorus in Kendrick Lamar’s “The Blacker The Berry,” the title #CauseMiBlack? refers to Genius’ Jamaican heritage. “I identify as a Jamaican-American,” explains Genius. “But what’s interesting is that when people see you on the street, they don’t see your real identity, your real heritage. People on the street don’t see me as a Jamaican-American: I’m just simply seen and thus treated as ‘black.'”

Genius explains the theory behind the mix: “It’s a time machine from the 1970’s to today. The mix demonstrates that this issue is decades old and it’s not just an issue in this country but a worldwide epidemic, as proven by the Miriam Makeba track about Apartheid in South Africa. When I approached this mix, I was so careful when picking each song, It conveys how I feel when I look at the news and see what they’re doing to young black n*ggas. I have all these emotions. I had to switch from the normal mix to represent how I’m feeling about the current issues. Many of the tracks are angry, but I included a few tracks that pose a peaceful solution to racism. The flow of the mixtape mimics my reaction to the news. It starts off with massive artists that demonstrate how powerful black people can be, segues into songs that address police brutality, and finish with tracks that provide a road map for change.” GENIUS’ knack for knowing how to choose records and sequence them has been a driving force in his career and this expertly curated mix demonstrates that skill set.

DJ Genius grew up in rural Jamaica, but he quickly established himself as a major tastemaker after moving to Atlanta in his early teens, hosting early mixtapes for Migos and K Camp. In recent months, Genius has grown into a notable recording artist on his own, expressing his unique point-of-view while continuing to cultivate a burgeoning Eastside Atlanta music scene. 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, via2DopeBoyz, 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. In May, 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. The LP also includes features from Hoodrich Pablo Juan, Mr. 2-17,K-Noe, Rich Espy, T-Hood, Coca Vango, and Two-9A Eastside Story: Deluxe Edition is available to purchase on iTunes and stream on Spotify.

Listen to #CauseMiBlack?: https://soundcloud.com/iamthegenius/causemiblackmix/s-k2lWa

Read Okayplayer’s Q&A with Genius here: http://www.okayplayer.com/news/mixtape-monday-fight-the-power-by-listening-to-dj-genius-causemiblack-project.html

Buy A Eastside Story: Deluxe Edition: https://itun.es/us/klCIcb

Stream A Eastside Story: Deluxe Edition: https://open.spotify.com/album/6dxlzUJ1NhDpxiX8LFiGsP

#CauseMiBlack Tracklist

DJ Genius – Intro (J Dilla – Spoken Word, JB Lenoir – Alabama Blues, Marvin Gaye – Inner City Blues, Miriam Makeba – Khawuleza)
Kendrick Lamar – The Blacker The Berry
Killer Mike – Don’t Die
Talib Kweli – Protective Custody
Jay Z & Kanye West – Murder to Excellence
Main Source – Just A Friendly Game Of Baseball
Nas Feat Lauryn Hill – If I Ruled the World
Geto Boys – G-Code
Krs One – Black Cop
N.W.A. – F-ck The Police
Public Enemy – 911 Is A Joke
Ice Cube – Endangered Species
2pac – Holler if Ya Hear Me
Big K.R.I.T. – Another N.I.G.G.A.
Common Ft Will.I.am – A Dream
Lil Boosie ft Webbie – Fuck the police
The Game Ft Various Artists – Don’t Shoot
Kool G Rap & DJ Polo – Erase Racism
J. Cole – Be Free
Genius Ft. Ray Jr – Free All My Niggas

Please contact Michelle or Dharmic 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”: https://youtu.be/bQnN_O9DiZA

“Never Satisfied” ft. Scotty ATL: https://soundcloud.com/iamthegenius/never-satisfied-ft-scotty-atl

“Ego Trippin” ft. K-Noe: https://soundcloud.com/iamthegenius/02-ego-trippin-ft-k-noe/

“Gucci’s Home” (Genius Tribute): https://www.mixcloud.com/iamthegenius/guccis-home-its-a-problem/

“Make It Work”: https://youtu.be/dst22ZCID0U // https://soundcloud.com/iamthegenius/genius-x-felipe-make-it-work-prod-by-tl-on-the-beat/

“Movie 2.0” ft. K Camp & Que (Prod. by Flair Fifth & Beat Attikz): https://soundcloud.com/iamthegenius/genius-x-k-camp-x-que-movie-20