Rising hip-hop artist Genesis Owusu says 'Awomen, Amen' on soulful new track
Rising Australian-Ghanaian hip-hop artist Genesis Owusu has dropped a new track produced by neo-soul slayers Simon Marvin and Perrin Moss of Hiatus Kaiyote.
The powerful 'Awomen, Amen' features an excerpt from a speech given by anti-slave speaker Sojourner Truth at a women's convention in 1851, titled 'Ain't I a Woman?' delivered by Owusu's Zimbabwean high school friend, Abi Maminimini.
Speaking of the track, the 20-year-old Canberra-based rapper said: "Awomen, Amen is not a love song. It is an ode to the female in all of her grace, elegance, nastiness, power, rebellion, boldness and ferocity.
"I didn’t write this song as one of the ‘nice guys’. I didn’t write it to show everyone that I’m the perfect man, who has never disrespected a woman in his life, or to be the poster boy ‘male feminist’.
"I have been gross and misogynistic before, I’ve been a teenage boy. Sometimes I still have to catch myself from being susceptible to my inherent male conditioning.
"I didn’t write this song as one of the ‘nice guys’, I wrote it as a man who is trying to understand and do better."
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