Usually energetic soul man You (genious) isnt so peppy the afternoon of our interview. Sorry, Im a little out of it today. I did a house party last night. It was crazy, the local singer says, staring back across the table like hes about to fall face first into it. Were just grateful were finally able to catch up with the performer, whos opened for acts such as Devin the Dude and Blowfly. Judging from past performances, its believable that hes still hurtin the next afternoon.
You (genious) throws everything into his music, which tends to get a mixed reaction from crowds. Its not that he lacks talent; its just hard to tell if hes joking around or not. A la Har Mar Superstar, You (genious) moves his well-dressed, full figure seductively across the stage and delivers ditties about getting ladies and treating em right.
Well, I take myself seriously, says the self-proclaimed Misfit of R&B. I know that Im a funny guy. Its just part of my personality, and it comes out in my music. His music has other charms as well. Well, whats one thing women like to get? Its flowers and candy. Well, Im not about to bring flowers So, I went with candy. At a past show, You (genious) handed out Blow Pops to lucky ladies in the audience. I do the Blow Pops because my taste is in your mouth all night long, he says, suppressing giggles. In order to get through the Blow Pop, you gotta suck the candy to get the chewy gum, so Im there for at least three hours, he says. Unless you have cigarette.
Studemont Project and Midnight Pilots start things off at 10 p.m. The Proletariat, 903 Richmond Avenue. For information, call 713-523-1199 or visit www.theproletariathouston.com. $5.
Sat., Dec. 22, 10 p.m., 2007