Ed Genesis “The Onliest” was born and raised in Gary, Indiana. He performs both as a solo artist and with his group the Thurobred Ridahs. In 2006 Ed Genesis released his first LP A Fifth of Gen. It was his first internationally available release, as his other previous 8 projects were local mixtapes. Over the past 6 years Ed Genesis has headlined and performed in places such as Hollywood, Long Beach, Columbia, South Carolina, Virginia Beach and New Jersey, to name a few. Ed Genesis’ has amassed a very loyal and ever expanding fan base. He has opened for acts such as Trina, and Grammy Nominated rapper Twista. In November 2007 Ed Genesis appeared on MTV2 as part of their highly coveted Sucker Free freestyle segments. His freestyle was the most played and frequently requested. In February 2009 he appeared on BET’s highest rated program 106 &Park. In 2010 he was nominated for a Gary Entertainment Music award in the categories of best mixtape and best male solo artist. The same year Ed Genesis’ music was placed on TRUTVs Forensic Files. In 2011 several of his songs were placed in 10 episodes of REHAB: Party at the Hard Rock Hotel. Aside from making music Ed Genesis is focused on promoting positivity amongst the youth and in the community. Over the past 5 years he has performed at the Black Arts Festival, sponsored an annual Mother's Day bar-b-que, headlined AIDS benefits concerts held by Western Michigan University and spoke out against youth violence two consecutive years at the now defunct Safe Summer sponsored by the Kalamazoo Department of Parks and Recreations. In February 2012, Ed Genesis was invited to speak at Western Michigan University; a Carnegie classified university, along with Paul Kwami, Fisk Jubilee singer’s director and Professor emeritus Dr. Ben Wilson. Ed Genesis opened up for E-40 at the State Theater in Kalamazoo in October and released his latest mixtape “The Last Supper” in November. Currently Ed Genesis commercials can be seen on BET, VH1, and ESPN.
106 & Park" senior writer Pat Charles, who was at Ed Genesis' audition, said he was so impressive they wanted to give him the chance to make a long run on the show, which is why they waited so long to call. "He's got a cool swagger," Charles said during a phone interview from New York City. "I hate using the word, but it's true with him. He was really good. He was very witty. I remember one line he said that I'll never forget. That's how you know you made an impression on the judges who have auditioned hundreds of people." The line, as Charles recited it, was: "In a crowded room, best believe I do stick out / I can flow and never take my toothpick out."www.mlive.com
Ed Genesis said MTV2 is helping sponsor the show. The video he submitted more than a year ago has been playing steadily during the network's occasional feature. He hasn't received a record deal because of it, but he said the spotlight is satisfying for a local hip-hop vet.mlive
"God is in everyone when you reach for excellence", he said. "When you see me, that's what you should see."The Kalamazoo Shopper