Monday, 16 November 2009

New Track, New Video (I'm Doing It)

The said it couldn't be done! They said the idea was madness! They said there was no way we could write, record, mix, master, shoot a video and edit it all in one week! They were right...But it only took us two weeks (The editing the video took a bit longer than I thought it would).

So here's how it started. I was on the way back from some Halloween fair with my girl and my kids and I was talking about how my new EP's (Before I Was Famous, Civil Unrest) weren't gonna be out till Feb 2010 and the whole long process of getting tracks to the public was beginning to frustrate me. I was listening to one of my old freestyles and thought about shooting a little video for it when I had a better Idea! I was gonna use the first original beat I found on my iTunes, write to it and put it out.

As soon as we got home I turned on my (my girls) laptop and typed "Genesis Elijah" and then "Beats". A Rich West beat called "Influence" came up. That was gonna be my new track. I put it on my iPod and started writing. I finished writing the track that night (Sat Oct 31st) and recorded it at Ahmos' on Monday (Nov 2nd), I then sent it to Rich West to get mixed and mastered that night. I hollered at Joshua Dadson and we shot the video in Brixton the following Saturday (Nov 7th). It was that simple.

So here it is. My first solo track this year is actually the last track (The 38th this year) I recorded. Check out the video and download the track. It was a stressful process but a lot of fun too. Big shout to Rich West for all the hours (About 10000) he put in to mixing this track and a big shout to Joshua Dadson on filming and editing the whole thing in such a short amount of time while having me hound him on the phone 24/7.

This is my re-introduction...

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Watch What I Do...

OK I'm not really sure where this rant is going but I got a lot of things on my mind right now and I just thought I'd share it with you...

I'm at a weird place in my "career" right now and in some way's it's good and in other's it's quite a messed up situation. I have a small team behind me (Nina Carmela & Tom Sweetman) but for the most part I'm on my own in this game. I quit rapping in 2007 not because I didn't want to do it anymore but because the people I was working with were waste. I missed so many good opportunities simply because the people around me didn't want this as much as I did. My old agent Naomi Palmer (Elastic Artist) would ask me for material every week so she could get me shows and I in turn would ask my producers to mix already recorded tracks so that I could go out and make a living doing what I loved. Never happened. I got tired of banging my head against brick walls and after a while Naomi stopped calling.

I felt like I let a lot of people down then and it broke my heart to know that I was sitting on over 60 recorded tracks that the public would never hear. I don't blame the producers for not wanting what I wanted because that's human nature. We're all out here trying to look out for number one.

I explained in my facebook 'About Me' why I decided to come back and ever since then (Aug 09) I've been determined not to make the same mistakes I made last time. I'm not relying on people anymore and I understand that my success is my responsibility. Watch what I do.

I've got a lot of competition in 2010. A lot of talented artist have got releases planned and they've got a lot more backing than I have right now. I may not be able to compete with them financially but they'll never out hustle me. I'm not quitting this time and I'm not taking no for an answer. Speaking of Answer (the DJ) we planned a mixtape called 'Kick In The Door' a few years ago but it never came out. The phrase 'Kick in the door' is how I feel right now. I'm not waiting anymore and I'm not giving anymore excuses. I'm cutting dead weight and I'm not giving any wastemen second chances. I've had enough of thinking about where I COULD of been if this happened or that happened and I'm gonna find out what happens when I put all my energy in to taking over this game.

I've got two EP's coming out in Jan/Feb '10 and a UK tour starting in Feb '10. I've been working with Beezwax & The Krate Krusaders on these EP's and we're putting these out ourselves with no label backing. Beezwax & The Krate Krusaders are going hard with the promotion and distribution on these releases but until they're released It's just me and Nina trying to raise my profile so that when they do come out people know who I am.

I've already put out a little freestyle on Genesis Elijah TV which has had a wicked response and amazing support. My next step is a little hood video for my track 'I'm Doing It'.

I say all that to say this. I can't do this without you. You the fan, you the listener, you the supporter. I appreciate all the support you guys give me and I won't let you down. Watch what I do!

It's funny cos when I dropped out the game a lot of people stopped calling but a few heads always checked for me. People like Tricksta & Late, Jabba Tha Kut, Joker Starr and most of all Nina Carmela who always believed in me and still believes in me.

It's funny cos when I decided to get back on it I hollered at a few producers and got air or some bullshit that they were too busy. A lot of people wrote me off and now that they're seeing my name buzzing again they wanna know if I need beats! Fools.

I wanna thank all my real supporters because I do this for you. I see every time you retweet my tweets on twitter or share my links on facebook and it means the world to me. This is my life and by promoting my music you are literally allowing me to live. I'm not gonna predict how my comeback is gonna go but I will say this...Watch what I do!

Peace & Love