Genius of Soul

Id: Vocals | Bob Kostlan: Bass guitar, Keyboards, Vocoder | Open Optics: DJ, Electronics, Percussion | Tim Felten: Keyboards, Vocals | Tony Schmitt: Drums | Rev. Busta Pheara: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric)

Genre: Blues & Soul, Hip-Hop & Rap, Jazz

Sound description: A blend of hip-hop, psychedelic rock, and politically-committed soul.

RIYL: The Meters, a Tribe Called Quest, Galactic

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Inception: San Diego, 2005

Ex-Band Members: Phil, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric)

Influences: A Tribe Called Quest, the Meters, Robert Walter, Galactic, Portishead, Blackalicious, Fela Kuti, nofx, Operation Ivy, Minor Threat, the Beastie Boys, Al Howard and the K23 Orchestra, the Greyboy Allstars, Booker T and the MGs, the Crusaders, Ron Carter, Grant Green, Beastie Boys, the Meters, Morphine


Based in Ocean Beach, Genius of Soul is a hip-hop band, heavily steeped in the sounds of jazz and soul music. Comprised of both self-taught and classically trained musicians, their music is a blend of hip-hop, psychedelic rock, and politically-committed soul.

In late 2010, they released their 12-track album A Project For the New American Century, with a new six-song EP released in summer 2011.


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