AlbumsGENESEQUA, Mississippi To Manhattan, New Exclusive Tunes Vol. 1
Genesis Israeli Rose Schmitz Briggs Be (born December 5) is an American recording artist and visual art creator. She is a scholar of the prestigious NYU Catherine B. Reynolds Program for Social Entrepreneurship. Genesis is a graduate of NYU's political science department at CAS as well as the exclusive Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at the Tisch School of the Arts. In 2010 Be accepted a fellowship from The Hip-Hop Education Center at NYU, which was founded by her longtime mentor Martha Diaz.
Early life/family legacy
Genesis Be is the daughter of published author, Ishmael Be and registered nurse Lisa Schmitz Briggs. She is of Native American, African American, Hungarian, French and German descent. Raised in Biloxi, MS, Be graduated from Biloxi High School right before Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast Region. Genesis Be witnessed first hand the destruction of the Storm and her experiences are portrayed in her 2nd studio album “18 In America”.
Genesis Be is also the grand daughter of civil rights activist Rev. Clyde Briggs and Mary Geraldine Briggs of Roxie, Mississippi. Phillip and Violet Schmitz are Be's grandparents on her mother's side. Genesis accredits her social activist spirit to the legacy of her grandparents and her father. Rev. Clyde Briggs educated and encouraged black citizens to vote in Franklin County during the 1960s. After being accused of smuggling guns into Franklin County to arm black residents against the Ku Klux Klan, Rev. Briggs was murdered at the young age of 42.
In the summer of 2013, Be was featured in The Los Angeles Times and The Village Voice for her music video "Tampons & Tylenol". She released her fourth studio album, "Mississippi To Manhattan", on April 19, 2011. Genesis graduated from NYU on May 18, 2011. Be is also the recipient of a Nia Award: Ronald McNair/Arthur Schomburg For Academic Excellence. Genesis accepted a 2011 NYU President's Service Award from John Sexton for her community service in the Gulf Coast Region and for her work in NYC public schools. She currently hosts a radio show on WNYU called "Hip Hop & Her Family" alongside Dj Petra. Be released her 6th full length project titled "GENESEQUA" in the fall of 2014. She is set to release her latest projecttitled Poli Trap | The Escape Tape on November 5th, 2015. Genesis Be coined the term "Poli Trap" describing it as a subgenre of hip hop that pairs political commentary with trap music
2005: “More Than A Warrior”
2007: “I Don’t Discriminate”
2008: “Lovers Or Friends”
2009: “Precious Beyond Measure”
2010: “Laughin At Ya Lames”
2011: "Like A Movie"
2011: "At A Standstill"
2013: "Tampons & Tylenol"
2005: 17 In America
2006: 18 In America
2007: 19 In America
2011: Mississippi To Manhattan
Tampons & Tylenol Evridome At A Standstill Precious Beyond Measure Nostromo See You At The Top Something About You 1 Lovers Or Friends SWAG Afterthought Pass It Black Prophecy Here We Go Like A Movie Come On Home Late Night Early Morn I Don't Discriminate Better Than The Sunset Make Up Wintersoul Inhale No Sleep Cold Eyes Your Name Best Female Rapper Alive Swurve Without Saying Enceladus More Than A Warrior Don't Touch See You Again Million And One