Pure Genius: Wallahi Genius’ “FUNemployed Vol. 1” (Review)
He went from workin’ at a counter to workin’ on his album. That’s the story of how the album came to fruition. Its purpose? To encourage you to be yourself regardless of the befuddlement society makes at the expense of the you.. At least that’s what I got out of it. You can certainly come up with your own definition of what “FUNemployment” means, though. This concept of making your way to success against the grain of society and having fun while doing it comes from another Southfield, Michigan native who goes by the name of Wallahi Genius (@Wallahi_G). Originally released in March of this year, this project has flown under my radar until now. The 12-track effort had a lot to offer. I've surely slept too long on it, though. Time to get up on game.
With a name that imposes extreme intelligence, it sparked my curiosity: How much brilliance does this album contain? Well I found out on the album’s title track, “Funemployed.” From the beginning, we find a frustrated Wallahi Genius walking us through the stressful, yet relatable, struggle of waking up to do a job you dread to go to. It’s a life that a considerable amount of nine-to-five workers live, but with such an interesting production choice, you sort of follow along with intrigue. With lyrics like “Maaannnn muthafuck a good mornin’, woke up early exhausted // Don’t feel like gettin’ up, my bills don’t give a fuck // Tired of punchin’ the clock, a break and lunch ain’t a lot // In the car weighin’ options, better off weighin’ ganja” resonates with a lot of our thoughts. I don't know about you but I'd rather not work so hard and live the easy life as a drug dealer. Though the thought is rarely ever considered seriously, Genius’ straight-forward delivery oddly draws you in to continuously listen. By the end of the song, you find out he’s been fired from his job effective immediately, so the title and direction of the album make perfect sense. But, the plot thickens for the us listeners. . .
Jumping straight into the next track, we have “Larue,” a song supposedly about Wallahi’s ex-girlfriend. Though most rap fans typically stray away from anything remotely close to emotional, this song again is another walk-through in his journey of FUNemployement. True lyrics shine through from the beginning, though-- penning bars like “A lot of men wanted to lay you down, but wouldn’t lift you up // you shoulda stayed around but you givin’ up” provide the storyline for a guy expressing just how much he misses his girl. We’ve all loved and lost so surely we can relate. Continuing on with lyrics like “Everybody got a weakness, but I start to I think I got two // Everything that you say. Everything that you do “ and “Callin’ yo’ phone on purpose, put it back in my pocket // passive-aggressive missions, takin’ it up some notches,” further the story of a bleeding heart eager and wishful for another chance. By the end of the song you get sensible stoner conversation and finally find his meaning of what being FUNemployed means.
Decorated across the album you also have hits like “The Weekend” that provide you with the ride-and-vibe song you’ve been waiting for, “2am (Your Love),” where, through drum bass kicks and rhythmic piano chords, he lets you know he writes songs for the women he’s met as well as the women who’ve left, and other filler skits like “Barbershop” & "High Convo (1 and 2)" that tie this whole piece together to give it a very down-to-earth album. All in all, he’s definitely gotten our attention.
“Follow your dreams,” “Shoot for the stars,” “You can be anything you want to be.” These are inspirational sayings we’ve heard our whole lives and often, we just tuck them in our back pockets as though one day they’ll come in handy. But Wallahi Genius not only stepped out on a limb and accepted the fact that he’s unemployed-- he made an album about it! Projects from the heart filled with real-life experience are always the ones to connect the masses. Above all, you’ve gotta just show respect to the bravery to go against the grain. Though fear and obligation often shackle us to our nine-to-five daily death sentences we call jobs, if you ever feel like you want to see if the grass is greener on the other side, hit up Genius. I’m sure he’ll show you the ropes of being FUNemployed.
Stay True. Stay Fresh. Stay Laced.