Meet Genesis Owusu, the Ghanaian Artist Shaking Up Australia's Hip-Hop  Scene - OkayAfrica

Genesis Owusu Biography, Career, Age, Networth, Family

Genesis Owusu Biography, Career, Age, Networth, Family

Ghanaian-Australian rising star Kofi Owusu-Ansah known as Genesis Owusu is one of the most intriguing new artists whose hard-to-categorize music incorporates elements of alternative rock, hardcore rap, and easygoing funk.

Meet Genesis Owusu, the Ghanaian Artist Shaking Up Australia's Hip-Hop  Scene - OkayAfrica

His songs address important societal concerns like cultural appropriation and police brutality while being both joyful and reflective. Owusu’s track “Don’t Need You” garnered broadcast from U.K. and U.S. tastemakers in 2020 after first gaining recognition in Australia with early releases including the 2017 EP Cardrive and his incredibly energizing live performances.

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“Smiling with No Teeth” (2021), Owusu’s debut studio album, was a huge hit and reached the ARIA chart peak at number 27. He received four awards at the 2021 ARIA Music Awards including Album of the Year, Best Hip Hop Release, Best Independent Release, and Best Cover Art.

Owusu has clearly worked hard to perfect his craft, and he is undoubtedly creating a life filled with achievement that will position him as one of the best of his age.

Discography

Studio albums

List of studio albums, with release date and label shown
Title Album details Peak chart positions
AUS
Smiling with No Teeth 27

Extended plays

List of EPs, with release date and label shown
Title EP details
Cardrive EP
  • Released: 16 June 2017
  • Label: Ourness
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
Missing Molars (SWNT Deluxe)
  • Released: 13 July 2021
  • Label: Ourness
  • Format: Digital download, streaming

Singles

As lead artist

List of singles, with year released and album name shown
Title Year Album
“Sideways” 2017 Non-album singles
“Awomen Amen” 2018
“Wit’ da Team”
“WUTD” / “Vultures” 2019
“Good Times” / “Simmer Down”
“Don’t Need You” 2020 Smiling with No Teeth
“Whip Cracker”
“I Am” Non-album single
“The Other Black Dog” Smiling with No Teeth
“Gold Chains” 2021
“Drown”
(featuring Kirin J Callinan)
“Same Thing” Missing Molars (SWNT Deluxe)
“The Fall”
“Waitin’ On Ya'” Smiling with No Teeth
“GTFO” 2022 TBA
“Get Inspired”

As featured artist

Title Year Album
“We On”
(Kirklandd featuring Genesis Owusu)
2016 Non-album single
“Unwritten Laws”
(Maina Doe featuring Genesis Owusu)
2019
“Funny Business”
(Citizen Kay featuring Genesis Owusu)
2020
“Coliseum”
(Tim Shiel featuring Genesis Owusu)
“Dream No More”
(Billy Davis featuring Ruel and Genesis Owusu)
2021 This Is What’s Important
“Back Seat”
(Anna Lunoe featuring Genesis Owusu)
TBA
“There’s Only One”
(Winston Surfshirt featuring Genesis Owusu)
2022 TBA
“Cheque”
(Tasman Keith featuring Genesis Owusu)
A Colour Undone
“Guap Pop”
(Agung Mango featuring Genesis Owusu)
Man On the Go

Awards and nominations

AIR Awards

The Australian Independent Record Awards (commonly known informally as AIR Awards) is an annual awards night to recognise, promote and celebrate the success of Australia’s Independent Music sector.

 
Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2022 Smiling with No Teeth Independent Album of the Year Won
Best Independent Hip Hop Album or EP Won
“Smiling with No Teeth” Independent Song of the Year Won

APRA Awards

The APRA Awards are held in Australia and New Zealand by the Australasian Performing Right Association to recognize songwriting skills, sales, and airplay performance by its members annually

 
Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2022 “The Other Black Dog” Song of the Year Nominated
Genesis Owusu Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year Won

ARIA Music Awards

The Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards (commonly known as the ARIA Music Awards, the ARIA Awards, or simply the ARIAs) recognise excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music. Owusu has won four awards from twelve nominations.

 
Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2019 “WUTD” / “Vultures” Best Soul/R&B Release Nominated
2020 “Don’t Need You” Nominated
2021 Smiling with No Teeth Album of the Year Won
Best Artist Nominated
Best Hip Hop Release Won
Best Independent Release Won
Smiling With No Teeth Album Tour Best Australian Live Act Nominated
Andrew Klippel, Dave Hammer for Genesis Owusu – Smiling with No Teeth Producer of the Year Nominated
Kofi Anash & Bailey Howard for Genesis Owusu – Smiling with No Teeth Best Cover Art Won
2022 “GTFO” Best Independent Release Nominated
Genesis Owusu & The Black Dog Band Best Australian Live Act Nominated
“GTFO” (Genesis Owusu, Uncle Friendly) Best Video Nominated

Australian Music Prize

The Australian Music Prize (the AMP) is an annual award of $30,000 given to an Australian band or solo artist in recognition of the merit of an album released during the year of award. It commenced in 2005.

 
Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2021 Smiling with No Teeth Australian Music Prize Won

J Awards

The J Awards are an annual series of Australian music awards that were established by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation‘s youth-focused radio station Triple J. They commenced in 2005.

 
Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2021 Smiling with No Teeth Australian Album of the Year Won
“The Other Black Dog” (directed by Riley Blakeway) Australian Video of the Year Won

National Live Music Awards

The National Live Music Awards (NLMAs) are a broad recognition of Australia’s diverse live industry, celebrating the success of the Australian live scene. The awards commenced in 2016.

 
Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2017 Himself Live Hip Hop Act of the Year Nominated
2018 Nominated
2019 Nominated
ACT Live Voice of the Year Won
2020 Live Act of the Year Nominated

Rolling Stone Australia Awards

The Rolling Stone Australia Awards are awarded annually in January or February by the Australian edition of Rolling Stone magazine for outstanding contributions to popular culture in the previous year.

 
Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2022 Smiling with No Teeth Best Record Won [70]
Genesis Owusu Best New Artist Nominated

Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition

The Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition is an annual competition that “acknowledges great songwriting whilst supporting and raising money for Nordoff-Robbins” and is coordinated by Albert Music and APRA AMCOS. It commenced in 2009.

 
Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2021 “Gold Chains” Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition 1st

External References

  1. ^ Wehner, Cyclone (5 March 2021). “Genesis Owusu – ‘Smiling With No Teeth’ review: a transcendent conceptual opus”NMEArchived from the original on 7 June 2021. Retrieved 7 June 2021.
  2. ^ Martin, Josh (27 January 2021). “Genesis Owusu: ‘I’d rather be a legend on my own little island than compete for a throne'”NMEArchived from the original on 5 March 2021. Retrieved 14 March 2021.
  3. ^ Bloul, Scherry (12 August 2015), “Rapper Genesis Owusu hits right beat to make Triple j Unearthed High top five”The Canberra Timesarchived from the original on 14 October 2019, retrieved 14 October 2019
  4. ^ Buckley, Nick (1 March 2019), “Genesis Owusu: Black, Red, White and Rap”Broadsheetarchived from the original on 14 October 2019, retrieved 14 October 2019
  5. ^ Newstead, Al (15 March 2019), First Spin: Genesis Owusu’s ‘WUTD’ & ‘Vultures’, a tasty double dip of hip hop fusionTriple Jarchived from the original on 14 December 2021, retrieved 14 October 2019
  6. Jump up to:a b c d Sharma, Geeta (20 February 2018). “A warm cup of Kofi: meeting Genesis Owusu”Curieux Magazine. Archived from the original on 15 March 2018. Retrieved 25 November 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. Jump up to:a b Streader, Kate (2018). “For rapper Genesis Owusu, the personal is political”Beat Magazine. Archived from the original on 19 March 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  8. Jump up to:a b Fuamoli, Sosefina (15 October 2015). “Citizen Kay takes us through new album With The People track-by-track!”The AU ReviewArchived from the original on 11 October 2018. Retrieved 25 November 2021.

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