We linked with Silk City artist The i of a Genius and got to know a little about him. Read more below
Explain who you are for those who may not know
I go by The i of a Genius (with a i letter)
Where you from?
I’m from Paterson NJ, known as Silk City
How did you get your start in music?
When i was younger i would freestyle here there but it wasn’t until i was 15. My one friend at had play this one DMX record ‘Let me fly’ & it was from there that I knew rap was meant for me.
How long have you been making it?
I’ve been making music for 5 years now, I started back in 2013.
Who are your influences?
My main influences are my peers one of them being my mentor he goes by ‘The Cause’. But everyone of my peers who are reading this know they help influence my craft as a whole. My artistic inspirations vary honestly the fact i listen to a wide range of music its hard to pin point but the ones who i can reach for inspiration would have to be Tupac, Nas, DMX, Chino XL, Big Pun, Erykah Badu, Cee lo Green, Marvin Gaye, Common, Kanye West, The Fugees man the list can go on.
What motivates you?
The future , love and my soul purpose.
What are you currently working on?
Getting things ready for my upcoming project titled ‘Symphony of a MadMan VOL.1’. Its my debut full length solo project that is not an album or a mixtape but a collective of art therefore I’m calling it a collective
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Living life the way we intended to be
What is your opinion on the current hiphop scene?
Its very different theres a mixture of clutter & rare music. There will always be good music you just have to dig good enough. I do wish tho artist really worked on being more original but other than that everything else is exactly where it needs to be, from production to vocals to visuals everything is real real dope.
Anything else you would like to say?
Don’t fear rejection or any kind of misfortune. Everything happens for a reason learn how to bounce back from your loss, take lesson from it and conquer.