2022 saw the release of Smiling With No Teeth by Genesis Owusu via House Anxiety/Ourness. The full-length received a landslide of praise across the board, most championing Owusu’s profound artistic evolution and soul-bearing diversity. The Ghanian-Australian lyricist also recently won the ARIA Music Awards for winning “Album of the Year” (the first hip hop album to win in this category), “Best Hip Hop Release” and more, and performed an explosive medley of his biggest songs and Triple J’s “Australian Album of the Year” and “Video of the Year” (“The Other Black Dog”).
Owusu has also shared the visual for his new track “Waitin’ On Ya (Remix),” directed by Riley Blakeway — the director behind Owusu’s award-winning video for “The Other Black Dog.” Originally commissioned as part of a global Google ad campaign, the track features Jono Ma, the artist behind Australian psychedelic-dance band Jagwar Ma. Jono lends his experimental electronic sound palette to his fellow Aussie innovator to mutate the original arrangement, and the radiant combination of drum and bass rhythmic elements alongside the lyrical flows of Owusu.
Smiling with No Teeth defies genre boundaries while delineating the nuanced complexities of mental health, as well as Owusu’s experience of living as a black man in a white society — he unpicks concepts of race, identity and belonging, entwining his own experience immigrating to Canberra from Ghana as a child. Owusu illustrates each disclosure from within his mind under a tessellation of soundscapes, moving through future-funk, rap and OG hip-hop to guitar-laden odysseys veering from punk and indie-rock to tinges of wistful folk. Smiling With No Teeth, at its heart, remains dedicated to Owusu’s core audience, those who live outside of the box, out of choice or in a decided lack of belonging.
Live North American Dates
Jan 13 Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
Jan 15 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
Jan 17 Seattle, WA – Neumos
Jan 19 Denver, CO – The Bluebird
Jan 25 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
Jan 28 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
Jan 29 Nashville, TN – Basement East
Jan 30 Austin, TX – Antone’s
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