Eugene "Genolexis" Alexis is a Tampa-by-way-of-Brooklyn hip hop artist whose cadence and phrasing are Tupac evocative, as is his manner of stretching out words and gliding through verses, but the similarities end there. Genolexis steers clear of dark subject matter and antagonism, and instead, keeps it candid with a posi-vibing attitude reflected in songs like “Lifespan of a Hero” featuring C-Rena Bumsquad and “Built Like That” with Reese, which find him waxing poetic on staying up, respecting each other and standing together instead of coming to blows, being a real gentleman, and appreciating life with R&B melodic sing-song refrains, while in “Dying Breed,” Genolexis delivers on the customary self-assured swag without feeling like he’s banging his chest with bravado (“I hear what they say, no you shouldn’t say that, don’t matter ‘cause as far as I see, I’m the last of a dying breed”). All three tracks off third album Living the Dream will likely be performed at this Friday night’s CD release party, which also marks its official digital release date. Also on the bill: Shemida Joseph, Michael Annex Colon, Theo Lane, Ken Kretschmer, JRoc Jones, Jus Henry and Synergy In A Cup.
Details: Fri., Sept. 27, 9 p.m., Crowbar, Ybor City, free admission for the ladies, $5 for the dudes (ages 18 and up).