Underground Spotlight: Rich G Tha Genius by Elijah Powell
A product of the city of Hackensack, Richard Gore, better known as “Rich G tha Genius”, is an 18 year old emcee who’s flower of fame is beginning to bloom as his music spreads throughout New Jersey. I first discovered him when my friend from Hackensack High School shared a contact with me. I met with this contact who brought Rich along for the visit. Rich pulled up the audio of what is now his most popular track, a laid-back boom bap record titled “Chilly Chill”, which had everyone in the room bobbing their heads to the beat. From then on I was hooked to his steady onslaught of audio releases on soundcloud.com.
According to a bio Rich wrote for undergroundhiphopradio.com, emceeing was only a hobby to him during his middle school years. He originally wanted to play professional football, but due to an injury those goals were placed on a backburner. This gave the art of rap a chance to seep into a spot at the front of his mind, which became apparent when I asked him where these goals came from. His answer was this: “The aspiration came from a dream I had where I was onstage with thousands of people watching me and they were cheering and reaching for me to come on stage. I loved that feeling and I’m just trying to recreate that situation but in the real world”. I’m sure every teen or pre-teen who picks up a pen and pad to write down his life story in a lyrical format has had the same dream at least once, I know I did.
With already one solid mixtape under his belt (A.R.T.-Amazing Raw Talent, 2013), Rich’s work ethic was proven this past year with frequent releases of energetic tracks, most of which ended up appearing on his latest mixtape effort Stand By Me.
What is refreshing about Rich G and his music for me would have to be his broad, high level mindset (fitting for his title “Tha Genius”) which is ironically coupled to his very simple aspirations. I happen to relate to this mentality. You have all of this intelligence and talent yet the one thing in life you want most is recognition from those you grew up around, the fame and fortune as well as the credit equal to the amount of work that has been put in.
Stand By Me, which Rich told me was inspired by a movie of the same title, has this dream written all over it. The mixtape conveys that one message, his goal of making it to the top, over twenty well produced tracks. The last song’s chorus on the project, “Mom’s sake”, embodies his attitude towards life: “Everyday is just another day!/ Same position I’m in, feels like it’s yesterday/ I woke up in a dream state from my mindstate/ I’m just hoping I make it through for my mom’s sake/ I want it all, man, the fortune and fame/ I want it all, man, the fortune and fame/ Man I do it for the love of the game, man, I do it for the love of the game!/ And the fortune and fame.” The discontentedness with his current position and the burning passion to get to a higher level is made clear.
Overall Stand By Me is a cohesive and well recorded mixtape that deserves a listen. I give it a 7.8 out of 10. It’s a familiar story of a young teen’s dream, but told in a way that feels brand new.
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