O.T. Genasis Speaks on Son’s Autism, Industry Relationships and Maintaining Success
O.T. Genasis sat down with The Shade Room recently and touched on everything from hustling to staying fly to his fear of being a one hit wonder. But there's one part of the discussion that may surprise his fans.
In the most candid moment, the "Cut It" rapper opened up about his son's autism, particularly in contrast with family members asking him for support.
"I have a son and my son has autism," he said. "There’s certain things that I deal with that a lot of people don’t deal with. I have to do real shit and nobody knows this. I have to deal with early intervention and making sure that he’s on top of his game. My son is five years old, I have to stay on him to make sure he’s smart as hell. It’s different when your son is not typical and you have to deal with him and handle him every single day."
Genasis also spoke on the pressure to follow up his smash single "CoCo" with something on par. "It was a problem for me because when I did the record it was so big here and overseas and it happened at the same time. So I was actually scared. I was scared to lose," he said. "It was so much pressure and I’m scarred to fail that it was crazy. But at the same time, I just forgot everything. In the beginning it was just me and I forgot to just keep it original and be yourself."
The Belizean rapper followed up "CoCo" with the equally anthemic "Cut It." The track has received a number of remixes and reworkings, raising the rapper's star into the new year. Genasis also spoke on 50 Cent giving him his first break ("He signed me in 2011, he was the first person to know that I had that") and his current relationship with Busta Rhymes. "Bust, he’s a mentor and a business partner. We got crazy things going on right now. Our relationship is dope, it’s tight. He understands where I come from. We get into arguments but that’s cause it’s real."
Genesis went on to list Diddy, French Montana, Snoop Dogg, Migos and Young Dolph, who guests on "Cut It," as his main industry relationships.
Check out the full interview above and stream the rapper's latest mixtape, R&B: Rhythm & Bricks, now.
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