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Genesis Be is a hard-working, talented, beloved member of the New York City independent artist community, and she is releasing her 7th full-legnth project, Poli Trap, with a Live Nation-backed show at Santos Party House on November 20. Her blend of style and substance is exactly what many rap fans have been clamoring for for years, and we’re excited to have her join us.

Genesis Be joined us to talk about her Mississippi roots, her time here in New York and what Poli Trap: The Escape Tape is all about.

djconBut first, we spoke with Curtis Sherrod from the Hip-Hop Culture Center in Harlem, who has developed a new mega-event kicking off November 19. A simultaneous celebration of hip-hop and holiday spirit, DJ-CON and Rapacon will be going down right on NYC’s famous 125th street. With 125 DJs spinning outside of the Apollo, setting a Guinness World Record in the process, and Rapacon, a series of panel discussions, artist showcases, karaoke, networking and an after-party just down the block, the 2015 Harlem Holiday Light ceremony will be a great way to kick off the hip-hop-holiday spirit.