- Bryon Harris
LyricalGenes - 'Bizness Man'
Review by Aaron Cloutier & Staff
It’s always refreshing to hear a rapper who is as unique and talented as LyricalGenes. Lyricist Dana Burtin (aka LyricalGenes) delivers a non-explicit message of awareness, accountability, and above all positivity which will leave you feeling read and motivated. “Bizness Man” is a proclamation of not only the aforementioned, but also a declaration of sorts. As an artist, LyricalGenes strives to lead and motivate others to be themselves and reach their goals. In "Bizness Man", he shows that he is committed to being true to himself and his means of creative expression.
This is best conveyed in the lines,
“What about recognition?”
“It's bigger than fame”
“It's taking longer 'cause I'm doing this the right way”
I personally get a sense of a man with the all too important quality of being able to take a step back, look around, and see the bigger picture of things without getting caught up in the chaos he’s observing. It’s something that is immediately relatable and admirable.
His message in my opinion is best conveyed in lines such as,
“I’m too busy for some beef I would rather be mature and we solve everything face to face man/Take away cameras, take away the light, take away our pride/Ain't gotta be afraid man”
As a vocal instructor, I can’t help but notice how clear the message is delivered as well. LyricalGenes articulates himself with near perfect diction and a solid vocal tone throughout. (Points for you sir!)
Sonically, the song sounds very bright and crisp with its mix of processed beats, staccato style piano, various atmospheric digital instrumentation and of course, vocals that are nice and upfront delivering the message.
My hope is that more young hip hop fans learn about LyricalGenes and artists like him who believe in though-provoking and even introspective lyrics as their means of expression. This is an artist that has the whole package, music and message. If you are a fan of music with depth and substance, add LyricalGenes to the top of your playlist.
Dana Burtin is an author, poet, and award-winning musician performing under the moniker "LyricalGenes". At a young age, LyricalGenes (Dana Burtin) was always told that he could be anything in the world that he puts his mind to. He truly believes that statement and used that saying as a reminder to be his own independent person. Growing up, he has experienced many obstacles when it comes to relationships, finding his purpose in life, and emotional hurdles. Music has always been something Dana Burtin could rely on. Whenever he felt a certain way, he would always fall back to music.
Dana Burtin was often seen as an "outsider". Dana felt that he was looked upon as "different" because he was an introvert, at times isolating himself. However, as he grew older, it was always a challenge to express himself to others. Therefore, expressing himself in a talkative manner was difficult for him, so his mother encouraged him to write his emotions in a notebook. This was his introduction to music!
Over a span of about two years of constantly writing in journals, Dana felt what he was writing would relate to other people. At that moment he decided to create something that was long overdue, MUSIC! With practice, Dana Burtin began to put words together like puzzles and express himself in ways he didn't think possible. As he built his confidence through writing, he then pursued another goal, to publish his first song! Dana Burtin immediately went to YouTube to find a beat. As he searched the internet, he found a popular challenge called the SoGoneChallenge. Dana Burtin frantically wrote a rhyme in his notebook and expanded upon the topic to hopefully publish on YouTube. He quickly finished the song in 7 minutes and quickly recorded a video for YouTube.
Since then the video has gone on to reach thousands of views. Dana Burtin currently writes songs and produces beats to create music for all audiences. LyricalGenes created his own record label, Boyz II Business Entertainment, LLC. Now, Dana Burtin is an author for his company Boyz II Business Books and continues to publish music through Boyz II Business Entertainment LLC. Dana Burtin is now pursuing acting, lyricist, and songwriting roles in the industry.