Rapper Gene Johnson JR Releases his new album ‘2 Lightskin’, a Hip-Hop meets Rnb sound, which is full of emotion and thought provoking tracks. A talented producer, songwriter and rapper, Gene is versatile with his sounds, with strong Hip-Hop numbers to more subtle RnB tracks.
We catch up with Gene to find out more about his album and the inspiration behind it.
What came first – the producing, songwriting or rapping?
After I find a beat I fall in love with, the songwriting begins!
Tell us a bit about the music you grew up on and how this has had an influence on the music you make?
My mom gets all the credit for this one! I grew up listening to everything from Sade to Hatebreed and even now I try to add my own little twist to music I make as an appreciation to them.
Congrats on your album ‘2 Lightskin’ – How long was the process in putting it together?
Thank you! All together the album took three to four months.
Are there any tracks on the album in particular that are close to your heart, or personal favourites? And Why?
Sit By The Fire is my favorite track on the album hands down. Lil Mag (Poetry, Vol.2) is the track I put my whole heart in and honestly didn’t expect anyone to really listen to it when I released the album but instead the reactions I got from people who heard it were all positive so I’ll never forget that.
Tell us a bit about the production on the album?
I had to learn how to Mix and Master from scratch. Although it is far from perfect, it is an improvement.
Your music seeks to evoke emotion, and real issues – How important is it for you to use Hip-Hop to inspire?
Extremely important, I talk about real issues and real feelings. I’m not mumble rapping, this is as conscious as it gets.
What do you want listeners to take away from your album?
Whether you like the music or not, I’ll be back to kick more flavor in your ears!
Do you have plans or concepts for any music video releases you can share with us?
I would love to do a music video but I’ll leave that up in the air. Maybe one day I can meet a Videographer and start working. But as of now, no plans.
‘2 Lightskin is OUT NOW
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