True Magazine: Interview with Genius 30

Midwest artist Genius 30 aka G-30 is a lyrical powerhouse with a signature sound and style. The young rhymespitter proves it on every track of his critically acclaimed EP “Genius Aura”. Genius 30 has made a name for himself in the Chicago and Midwest rap. Describing his style and sound as rough and hardcore, Genius 30 also releases laid back tracks to the masses to show his many facets in music. Innovation and freshness are things he aims for. He has found his audience and it’s a lot wider than he could have imagined. Genius 30 has all the ingredients needed to become a household name in the rap game so make no mistake to overlook this young gunner as he is on his way to stardom.

How did you get your rap name Genius 30?
At first, my artist name was Lil Rob because that was my nickname growing up but I decided to change my style and felt my name needed a change too. I wanted to keep it simple and catchy so I came up with G-30 with the G standing for Genius. It’s a G-30 side of me which is more of a modern style, and Genius 30 which is a deeper artist. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge which makes me a Genius.

You just released your EP “Genius Aura”, which is very successful on Soundcloud with more than 60.000 plays, what is it about?
“Genius Aura” does not have a set theme or topic. I went into the project trying to show people the many sides I had as an artist. Kind of displaying all of what I have to offer.

How much of your real life comes out in your overall music?
Pretty much all of my music relates to my real life. I don’t want to get caught up in fabricating who I am and having that hurt me in the long run. So I stay true to G and speak on things that I either learned or want you to learn for yourself.

How would you describe your sound and style?
I would say my style is refreshing and edgy. I think my voice stands out as well as my flows. I also believe my production is a new wave in of itself which helps me have a new sound all around.

What else are you currently working on as we speak?
At the moment, I am currently building my vault adding to the arsenal. I don’t have a set date, but I plan to release a project called “30 Days N 30 Nights” which will be a mixtape. The project will be about 12 tracks all drum heavy.

What are your personal and professional goals you have set for your music career?
I like to think big so when it comes to my music career I have goals that seem outlandish to most such as going on world tours, having my own label, and having albums go platinum. These goals may seem out of reach for me at the moment but I am confident that in due season, I will reap what I sow and these outlandish goals will be attainable.

What is your label situation looking like?
Currently, I’m a unsigned and unmanaged artist. I have not been on the music scene for that long so it does not surprise me that that is the case but things won’t be this way for much longer.

Musically, who do you look up to? Who’s that one recording artist and/or mogul you look up to and say, “I want a solo career similar to his?”
So I did not start actually listening to music until my freshman year of high school which is when I got my first iPod. At that time, I just piled many artist into a playlist and started going crazy with music. The artist that stood out to me were Big Sean, J. Cole, and Ace Hood. I feel like since I looked up to them my music became a compiled version of all 3 of them. But I would say J. Cole because I like how he plays his cards.

What is your opinion about the music industry? What would you change if you could?
To me the music industry is not how it used to be. Music has changed greatly and sometimes I miss that old music. However, I like this new wave with trap drums solely because the production can be as hard as you want it.
If I could change anything I would change the way people looked at Soundcloud artists because Soundcloud definitely has some talented individuals but because so many cats are on there may be bad… it casts bad light on all the artists. I wish it was an easier way to be seen but I love this process of being unseen because not many will stay the course.

Finally, is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
I would like to say to the readers follow your dreams. I’m currently a college student who has transferred twice just to continue following my music aspirations. Many people will doubt you on your path but that is because they don’t want to see you where they think they should be themselves. When I say no opinion matters but your own, I mean that wholeheartedly. They will throw dirt on your name, then clean their hands to ask for a handout but remember who was with you when you weren’t much.

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