Monday, 16 November 2009
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Friday, 11 September 2009
Monday, 7 September 2009
Thursday, 3 September 2009
Back when my name was just starting to blow up I got a call saying that this Electro group Plump DJ's wanted me on a track. I'd never heard of them but those in the know told me that they were the one of the biggest acts in their scene and that I should definitely do it. So I did.
Tuesday, 1 September 2009
I didn't really put the CD into too many shops because the truth is I was making too much money selling it on the street. I sold em on the street for between £3-£5 and in over a year and a half period I sold over 15,000 (Do the math). This was really the concept behind the mixtape because what I was trying to show is that I didn't need the mainstream industry to become a success in the music scene.
So here it is, my hard work uploaded for your listening pleasure...
Please download it and pass it around to your friends or anyone you think will like it. I'm gonna put my first release Deh Pon Road up as soon as I find a copy of it but until then please check my earlier blogs for more free tracks.
Monday, 31 August 2009
It's wierd looking back to that time because the game has changed so much. But the fact is I'm still here and God willing I'm gonna be up in this piece for a little while longer. I definitely need to shout out DJ Excalibah for being the first DJ to play my stuff on national radio and really getting my name out there. Thanks a lot bruv.
This track was recorded over the game beat and got a crazy reception when it was first aired. Like I said it will be featured on the Raiders Of The Lost iPod Mixtape along with a few over lost gems. Please download and enjoy.
Friday, 28 August 2009
Monday, 24 August 2009
but let me elaborate.
The X-Factor is a load of boll*cks. It's absolute garbage and let me
tell you why. Everyones going on about that gay teacher guy like he's
something special when in reallity he's average at best. Now I'm not
hating on him cos it's not his fault. He didn't go on like he was
anything special, he just did his thing. Fair enough.
What I have problem with is how we've become such a nation of sheep.
We really can't think for ourselves anymore and shows like this just
exploit that fact. First up it's not a talent show it's a TV show and
their main concern is not talent, it's ratings. This means that even
if you're good you can get overlooked for someone who has no chance of
winning just because they think it will make better viewing. Absolute
And have you noticed how they edit this trash? As soon as someone half
decent is about to come on they change to the slow music and spew out
some b*tch-ass sob story to get you on the fools side before you've
even heard em sing! Garbage!
Now I'm not saying I don't like a good back story but what I'm saying
is that just because 50 Cent has a compelling story and Immortal
Technique's is a little less dramatic I'm not gonna dismiss Immortal
as an inferior artist. Some of these artist do have talent but doing
these shows isn't the best way to go about getting that talent out
Even the acts that do make it all the way hardly ever make it big,
why? Because the real music lovers that go out and BUY music and go to
concerts don't respect this shit. On last years X-Factor they had the
guy who won it before Leona Lewis (More on her later) and I could of
passed this prick in the street and not know him, why? Because as soon
as he'd won and they rolled the credits I forgot all about the fool! X-
Factor my #%£+!
So what about the winners who made it big? Well to be honest it's only
really Leona Lewis and Girls Aloud (I don't put Lemar in the "reality
talent" catagory) that have done anything credible. That's something
to be proud of right? In the words of Charlie Murphy "WRONG!!"
Leona's a good singer and she looks good.....Damn good, but that's
where it ends. As for girls aloud.....They look good. Some better than
others. To me their success is only reletive to the amount of
publicity they got from the show. Think about it! The recent success
of Girls Aloud is almost exclusively down the fact that Cheryl got
cheated on and was in the public eye constantly and that mixed with
the fact that girls like the way they dress and look. It has nothing
to do with talent.
This takes me nicely to the final part of my rant. Most people that go
for these shows are absolute retards! I said "most". I know alot of
people who went for the show and these people differ from the norm
because of one reason: They love music! Most of these pricks when
asked what their dream is reply "To sell millions of records" or "To
sell out stadiums". What they're saying in essance is that they just
want to be famous. What happened to wanting to make good music?! None
of em say this because they don't love it like people with real talent
and a passion for music do.
The fact if the matter is The X-Factor is just bit of fun and the only
place most of the winners will ever perform is the X-Factor tour. And
why is that? Because people who respect good music pay no attention to
that manufactured bullsh*t. I'm not telling you not to watch the show,
all I'm saying is don't call/message/comment me chatting sh*t about
how you saw this amazing act on X-factor when you know full well you
would never buy this fools music or spend money to go to his concert.
compilation of tracks I'd done a few years before and featured a few
other well known artist.
Anyway I was just listening to it on the was to ASDA and I have to say
it ain't that bad. I sound like I'm about 10 and the timing and
delivery on some of the tracks is pretty shabby but lyrically it's got
some fire on in!
I swear I don't write like that now! Now days alot more thought goes
in to what I say but technically it ain't put together in the pain
staking way (Sorry I'm in ASDA and Corinne has just told me that she's
gonna start cooking! If you know her you'll know why this is
hillarious!) I used to do it.
Times have changed though. I've gone from having nothing to do but
write lyrics to having two kids a few businesses and a ton of bills to
pay so for the most part writting rhymes is never high on my list of
Another thing that's changed is my surroundings. I'm no longer
surrounded by rappers. Back in the day it would be me, Wordsmith,
Ahmos, AC & Terra and anyone else who decided to pass through Tom
Caurana's studio. We'd all be trying to out shine each other and it
brought out the best in all of us.
Something else that has definetly changed is the frequency that I
write. Before I would write all day and sometimes all night. It was
nothing to write five songs in a day and the only time I wasn't
writing was when I was recording. Now if I write a verse a week these
days I feel like I'm on a roll!
I ain't saying I ain't as hot as I used to be, far from it. If I
battled old Genesis I'd kill him in eight bars but what I am saying is
I think I need to get a little bit of that fire back.
After I lost all my lyrics last week I decided that when I rewrote
what I'd lost I'd make sure that it smashed what I'd writen before. So
that's my aim. I wanna be able to look back on what I'm writing now
and be like "DAMN!, I was spitting fire back then"
I've finished my EP with Jonny Simps so look out for "From the Bottom of My Heart" real soon. He's in India at the moment putting the finishing touches on the production and mixing it down.
So what else is going on? I'm still working on projects with Jabba Tha Kut, Tien Killobeat & Cheebo plus I'm still waiting for Neehi to finish mixing The Re-Introduction EP (Remeber the one I told you I recorded at the start of this year?)
I'm also gonna be part of a 30+ date UK tour that's gonna start around next Feb. I'll give you more news on that as and when I get it.
So that's it for this blog. If you wanna holla you know where to find me: www.facebook.com/genesiselijah, www.twitter.com/genesiselijah & www.myspace.com,genesiselijah.
Have a good one people.
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