Genesis Renji
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Genesis Renji

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | SELF

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2013
Solo Hip Hop Dubstep




"The 25 Best Milwaukee Records of 2019"

16. Genesis Renji – Keefe
Hot off last year’s S.I.N.S: Stories I Never Shared (#18 on our best Milwaukee albums of 2018 list), Genesis Renji returns with the overflowing and deeply personal Keefe. The Milwaukee street in question makes an unfortunate appearance in opening track “The Window,” which features audio from a FOX6 newscast detailing a homicide on 5th and Keefe. It’s a grim beginning for an album that never shies away from trouble both internal and external. Elsewhere, the Milwaukee emcee dreams of escape on the airy “Takemeaway,” fires on all lyrical cylinders on “6 Am,” and does some brutal soul-searching on the incredible “Music 2 Die 2.” Loaded with notable guest features (Nile, Ms. Lotus Fankh, more), the Cade Zube-produced Keefe is a major statement from an artist who was busy in 2019 (playing Summerfest, playing a Milwaukee Bucks halftime show) and who shows no signs of slowing down. - Milwaukee Record

"The 50 Best Milwaukee Rap Songs of 2019"

28. Genesis Renji ft. IshDARR – “Wannabe”

Genesis Renji’s flow is all thought, IshDARR’s is all motion. It’s a combo that works. - 88Nine Radio Milwaukee

"Tap’d In’s favorite Milwaukee albums of 2019"

10. Genesis Renji – Keefe - 88Nine Radio Milwaukee

"Check out the 20 best Milwaukee albums and songs of 2019"

'Keefe' - a Top 10 album of 2019 - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"The 25 Best Milwaukee Albums of 2018"

"The prolific Genesis Renji has emerged as one of the city’s most instantly recognizable rappers […] he’s also not afraid to bare his soul. S.I.N.S: Stories I Never Shared is his most deeply personal work to date, and also a showcase for some of his most sensuous vocal work." - Milwaukee Record

"The Culture: Skyzoo x DJ Bizzon x Genesis Renji"

"Crisp, calculated and captivating, Genesis delivered story, craft, and crowd appeal like I have never seen before. " - Copywrite Magazine

"Genesis Renji - "Gemini Season""

"Doing something every day without missing a step isn’t easy—but Genesis pulled through with it, dropping 31 tracks in 31 days." - Breaking and Entering

"Genesis Renji Meditates on Love and Lust on His "Lucid" EP"

"Of all the rappers in Milwaukee, Genesis Renji may be the hardest to pin down—Renji refuses to box himself in as a tortured artist."

Shepherd Express reviews Genesis Renji's 'LUCID' EP. - Shepherd Express

"The Essential Milwaukee Albums of 2016"

Cut from a similar cloth as Kendrick Lamar’s recent works, Genesis Renji’s I Might Be Home has all the trappings of a prestige rap album circa 2016: jazzy production, soul singers, dense narratives and lengthy internal monologues loaded with biblical and historical references and dotted with word choices straight from a New York Times crossword puzzle. Don’t mistake it for an academic exercise, though, because there’s a deeply relatable experience at the core of the album—the disconnect of returning home but no longer feeling at home, of seeing your city with fresh eyes and no longer knowing what to make of it. Renji has a gift for making sense of a world that doesn’t often provide easy answers. - The Shepherd Express

"Milwaukee Hip-Hop Round-Up: Genesis Renji, El-Shareef, Zed Kenzo, Nate Brady, Von Alexander, IshDARR"

Like Black Hippy rappers Kendrick Lamar and Isaiah Rashad, Milwaukee’s Genesis Renji makes music that takes a while to sink in. Where some of contemporary rappers can go into the studio and crank out several tracks in a day, Renji’s latest EP I Might Be Home is clearly the world of a guy who took his time. It’s jazzy, profound, poetic and, above all, dense—a veritable Jenga tower of social and political commentary and personal reflections on home and identity. And like so much of the best rap of the Internet era, it seems to make up its own rules as it goes along. These eight songs are constantly expanding and contracting, clearing room for outside voices and perspectives then abruptly returning to Renji’s internal monologue. This is an EP worth savoring. - The Shepherd Express


He’s got this deep, soothing voice that is super easy on the ears. I have to say that the songs “In The Garden” and “02-911” have some of my favorite beats on the whole project. I’m so unbelievably stoked to be presenting this all to you, especially because of how original and how fuckin’ old school I Might Be Home is.

When the next generation looks back on what got the wave of Milwaukee hip-hop started, they will almost have to look at this tape. Gen has some hard-hitting bars, and the natural instruments and great samples are damn near genius. This man tells a story with his project. That’s a quality of a hip-hop legend - Daily Chiefers



Genesis Renji is an Emmy nominated hip-hop artist based out of Milwaukee, WI. Born in Bethesda, MD, Renji started rapping at 12 years old after his cousin Pierre introduced him to rap music. Freestyles with his brothers and cousin was something he did to fit in. This search for acceptance turned into a passion for performances in middle school and later, spoken word slams in high school.

After seeing Lupe Fiasco’s “Kick, Push” video, Renji started actively writing and recording himself. Some of his other early influences were Chamillionaire, Lil’ Wayne, and Eminem. As his interests grew and musical taste expanded, so did his sonic palette. Having a creative signature of penning vivid stories like Kendrick Lamar and pairing them with catchy, vibrant hooks like Childish Gambino helped translate into memorable music and performances from the Milwaukee emcee.

From opening for hip-hop legends Jean Grae, Pharoahe Monch, and Skyzoo to creating intimate show releases with cereal bars, Renji’s performances are monumentally unforgettable. Shows like these have led to his highlight performance for Aminé in front of 7,000 festival goers at Summerfest in 2018, and a sold out Milwaukee Bucks halftime performance for a crowd of 17,341. Since 2011, Renji has released a consistent and heavy flow of singles, EPs, and albums. In 2018, Renji released his LUCID EP, the Gemini Season series featuring 31 songs for 31 days straight, as well as his critically acclaimed S.I.N.S: Stories I Never Shared album that garnered positive reviews and his fastest success from a release.

Along with his heavy catalog and work ethic Renji is engineering for independent artists, most notably Chicago emcee Gerald Walker of Stalley’s Blue Collar Gang, and leading the front running his label House Of Renji which hosts artists Emmitt James, Jayne Joyce, Maal Himself, and producer Gldn Child.

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