Jenesis Magazine: The Agenda pt. 2

Pittsburgh is home to some of the world’s best hip-hop artists today such as, Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller and more. Although this is exciting for local hip-hop lovers the talent does not stop there. In an attempt to provide a fun-filled experience and to get to know more artists, Jenesis Magazine held The Agenda part 2 event on November 5th, 2014 open to the public.

Boom Studios is located at 5319 Penn Ave in Pittsburgh, Pa. Boom Studios is occupied by Jenesis Magazine where they work on the magazine issues, events take place, and an art gallery is located just below by Darrell Kinsel. Thomas Agnew, the owner of Jenesis Magazine put together The Agenda part 2 event in the attempt to highlight some of Pittsburgh’s own hip-hop talents and to have viewers more aware of Jenesis Magazine.

“There was about 200 people at The Agenda part 2 event which made it a huge success. The talent in Pittsburgh I think, is unique and should be appreciated by hip-hop lovers around the world. Jenesis Magazine is a key tool in promoting artists, and events such as The Agenda part 2. Me and the team really appreciate all the people who came out to support.”

The event was featured by: Bill, KH of Mo’$scrill, Norman Dean, Franchise, and Fernandough the Poet, all of which are hip-hop artists that really get crowds moving.

Erik Samuelson is a hip-hop lover who attended The Agenda part 2 event. Erik said “something interesting that stood out to me was that each performer had their own style about them. Nevertheless, not only did the performers look artistic, the crowd showed a variety of creativity in clothing, hairstyles and more.”

Jenesis Magazine is looking to host similar events in the near future at Boom Studios. For more information check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or take a look at their website

Here is a link to the photo gallery of The Agenda Pt. 2 for a more in depth idea of the event itself.


Just John

Name: Just John

From: Toronto

Projects Released: Fast Metaborhythm

Influences: My surroundings, My experiences, my team, my dreams.

Website(s): Youtube:, Twitter:, Facebook:, Soundcloud:

1.What prompted your start for your career path? 

Since the age of 9 I knew that I wanted to be an entertainer for the rest of my life. Just John began two years ago, motivated by the idea of “branding myself around myself.” I was always really into dance, acting, and written poetry. I began experimenting with my musicality/rhythm from break dancing, to the art of making words in record. I aim to entertain people through expressing many emotions, thoughts, and life experiences through my work.

2. Who first recognized your talents and what did it mean to you? 

The first person to acknowledge my talents was definitely my twin brother. Although, we didn’t live together we still spent the most time together. My brother always checked up on me, and was aways looking for new music that I was making. That internal family push was crucial to making me more open with the lyrics I write and how I share my work.

3. What is the first problem you have come across? 

Getting people to listen was the most difficult task at first. I like to think of myself as an entertainer, although that leaves many things open being such a broad definition, at the same time it had it’s downs. People couldn’t stop but try to stick me in one box. When I first made it public that I wanted to start making music, a lot of my peers, family or people online felt really skeptical with the music thing. “Everyone wants to be a rapper” clouded the initial impression.

Despite all the skeptics I knew I had to believe in my brand and what I brought to the table or else no one else would. I know music is subjective and not everyone is going to like it, but as long as I knew that I was releasing the best product possible to the public, I knew I could be of value to someone listening.

4. As an up and coming artist what was it that you seen that you needed to improve on? 

As an upcoming artist what I needed to improve on was finding “my sound”. Who is Just John? and why should people care? Coming from a city where the sound of Drake and The Weekend are dominant, it can almost be intimidating to go against the grain and bring something new to the table, but I knew what might of worked for Drake and the Weekend wouldn’t work for me.

I’m in the process of writing my own story, so everything I wanted to do from here on, from my lyrics to my sound I wanted it to be a reflection of me, “different and left of center.” Growing up listening to every sort hip-hop in my teens it became hard to neglect the influence from notable artists at the time. From Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West to Kid Cudi and Danny Brown who’ve all played a role in shaping who I wanted to be as an artist.

It took me awhile and a lot of constructive criticism from my IIINVTRS team to help me find the unique sound that I was looking for that captured my essence as an artist. I’m happy I continue to experiment with my sound and cadence I really try to keep as many doors open with my musical approach. My influences can range from Tribe Called Quest to let me look at my ipod, to K-os, Lana Del Rey, De La Soul, Toro Y Moi, Beegees, Beatles, Big L, Busta Rhymes and Theophilus London.

5. How will you make an impact given the chance? 

With the right seasoning and growth my music can be experienced on a worldwide market. It’s a different flow, It’s a different sound and the lyrics have substance. My music breathes energy, I want you to move, I want you to express yourself as much as I want you to think and reach higher. I want to trip you out while you’re listening, but I still want you take something with you after (your high if you will.)  I make music to move crowds of thousands as much as I make music for the loner stoner. My music is very conceptual, Being a journalist student, I’m a strong believer in headlines and stories. From the title to when the song rides out, I’m thinking about captivating my listener and dressing my story to something that creates a world for my listener to enter.

I aim to give my listeners only my best product possible.  As artists we are the modern philosophers of today, and maybe if my music can help someone through a rough time, a good time or help them better understand themselves I think my music can live forever and I’ve done my job successfully.

6. Why should people take notice in your work? 

People should take notice of my work because I know I am refreshing for the music industry. I think my music can be spread across many different demographics because it can not be categorized, it’s a feeling, a tale, or idea at a particular moment in my life. I have a message to put out which is to “open your minds and innovate your lives.” My work trail blazes this message and me and my team work like insomniacs to make undeniable work. The most exciting thing is we’re only getting started and so much more music needs to be made and released.

By: Brittany Rowe

Maccie Paquette

So Now You Know: Maccie Paquette Is A Must Listen

By: Brittany Rowe 

In an attempt to connect with audiences around the world Maccie Paquette aims to follow through, and present in the most honest way possible. Maccie studied Radio Arts with a focus in Audio Engineering at Ryerson University after moving to Toronto at the age of 18 from the countryside in Canada. Her new track Abandon draws a line between lust and love for her listeners. The EDM, Pop-song hit 100, 000 listens in the first two weeks of its release. Maccie says “I am inspired by artists like Eminem because  I have faced similar turmoil in my lifetime.” Motivated by experience Maccie is currently working on a new single called Wrong Girl as well as her new EP Abandon. Her hard work has lead her to a guest appearance on Rudy Blair’s t.v show On The Mic featuring Nick Cannon, and DJ Cassidy.  Along with her broadcasting, and musical talents the young female artist pushes a human rights initiative called Living Rights video and song, representing Canada at the International Human Rights Summit. Maccie believes that “If you are trying to be successful at something you love most, it’s natural; your passion for it is enough to motivate you.”

Around the World in Eight Photos

Photos become realities. Capturing your mind. Visualization is so powerful. Art.

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Join us as we explore the world through the street photography tag on Here you’ll find no airport lineups, no grumpy customs agents, and you never get the middle seat.

On belgianstreets, photographer Andy Townend recently shot “stripfeest,” an annual comics festival held in Brussels, Belgium. We loved how Andy captures this young reader fully ensconced in his comic book. An avid photographer, Andy is also a regular contributor to The Daily Post‘s Weekly Photo Challenge.

Photo by Andy Towned Photo by Andy Townend

We were intrigued by the untold stories in Michael Wilson’s photo, “the flower seller,” on his site, BrooklynBystander. Taken in Adelaide, South Australia, the photo below documents a brief moment of commerce. We look at it and wonder: who is it that these gentlemen bought flowers for — perhaps a friend, a relative, a lover, or maybe themselves?

Photo by Michael Wilson Photo by Michael Wilson


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Coming straight out of Moon Township, PA Macey Thomas Prepares for her transition to college.

Macey Thomas Ladies and Gentlemen 

Brittany Rowe, Community Involvement 

Moon’s Macey Thomas is like many high school athletes. For her soccer “has always been a huge part of my life.” And like many high school athletes, injuries or adversity never has been far away.

Thomas has had two ACL surgeries, but in June, she will graduate from Moon Area High School and head off to West Virginia Wesleyan, where she will play soccer.

She began playing soccer with youth teams, and since age 11 she has been playing for the Beadling Soccer Club. But during that time Thomas often found herself playing one position.

“All the girls my age would complain, saying they did not want to play in net, so usually I just stood up and said ,’I’ll do it,’” she said.

Thomas will know at least one person on the Wesleyan team. Junior midfielder Shaelyn McNamara has played there for three years. She said that the Division II school that takes academics and athletics seriously. The team strives on mental toughness, and the ability to work cooperatively as a team.

McNamara says that Thomas should fit right in.  “It is hard to find quality goal keepers so she will definitely be an asset to the team.”

McNamara also said she might be able to help Thomas with the transition to college that also means living away from home for the first time.

“I am from Canada and being away at school, in a different country, far from family gets very difficult at times,” McNamara said. “But I always think about what I will be rewarded with in the end, and how many people wish they could be in my position.”

Thomas also knows that being a scholarship athlete allows her to be an example to other area children. She, too, appears ready to embrace that.

“When I am writing, I am trying to find out who I am.”

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” This quote sums up the reason writing impacts the world at such a heavy intensity. Motivation is derived from inside, with contributions from people all around the world, through speaking, music, writing, and other forms of art, the power of spoken, and written word lives on. It assists people on a daily basis while, contributing to successes all around the world.

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Maya Angelou by Spanglej, CC BY-SA 2.0.Maya Angelou by Spanglej, CC BY-SA 2.0.

Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.

Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with Van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall love with the music of Coltrane, the music of Aretha Franklin, or the music of Chopin — find some beautiful art and admire it, and realize that it was created by human beings just like you, no more human, no less.

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.

When I am writing, I am trying to find out who I am, who we are, what we’re capable of, how…

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On Coping with Writer’s Block

Coping With Writer’s Block. This piece really gives good insight into writing of all sorts, and how to overcome writers block when necessary, people are not perfect so it is a faze every writer experiences and overcoming obstacles is all part of the job, in order to produce the best work in the most efficient way possible.

Black coffee and cigarettes

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I haven’t written for a very long time.

I joined a creative writing class a while ago to help me through my ‘writer’s block’ – can you call yourself a writer if you don’t write? – and I managed to produce a total of 500 words over the entire four-week course. A paltry amount by any standards, though the course itself was brilliant.

One of the suggestions from my fellow writers was to write about why I don’t write. I’ve been thinking a lot about the reasons I don’t write lately so this seemed as good a place to kick off my writing again as any. And also address why I call myself a writer in the first place – a hard sell in the writing void of the last few months.

In my professional life, I have been a public relations consultant, a journalist and now, an editor. Words…

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Knox Hill- Pittsburgh Rapper (Redemption)

Knox Hill Redemption

Brittany Rowe 

Lifestyles, Arts, Music, and Community Involvement 

Coming out of Pittsburgh, PA. Knox Hill is ready to inspire listeners and reach out to those going through struggle in their lives. 

Since moving from Washington, DC to Pittsburgh, PA, and starting his rap career, Knox Hill has been travelling constantly.He said, “The difference between Pittsburgh and Washington is that, D.C has more interaction while, Pittsburgh is more of a close knit community.”

Knox confessed that “I really enjoy school, I consider myself a rapper, athlete, and a nerd.” Knox majored in International relations, and Economics. When he had more time Knox read books frequently. Knox believes that “anything done creatively, the more intellectual you become, the more you gain towards your creative process.”

Growing up Knox would always reference other artists such as; Eminem, and Jay-z, he believes that they are “extremely intelligent.” Before he began his career rapping Knox found himself doing random side jobs, and writing poetry. He said “I would find myself in indescribable freestyle battles.”

In the attempt to promote the name “Knox Hill” and the desire to share his rapping talents with the world Knox went solo on the start up. He said, “Starting everything independently promoting, travelling, and start up costs a lot.” With the determination to get the process going Knox created a Kick Starter that helped to video fundraise for enormous costs.

Through his music Knox aspires to be a role model to the upcoming youth. Redemption is an album that was “inspired by personal redemption through rough times in my life” said Knox. Knox currently continues his travels and currently enjoyed studio time in the United Kingdom (Manchester, England).

This up and coming rapper has a lot to offer, and he is a prime example that hard work, and determination can help someone overcome difficult life situations and turn them into positive attitudes for the future.

“The goal of my work is to inspire and help people through obstacles in their lives as well.” – Knox Hill