Genius (LSD song)

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"Genius"
LSD-Genius Cover.jpg
Single by LSD
from the album LSD
Released3 May 2018 (2018-05-03)
FormatDigital download
Genre
Length3:33
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
LSD singles chronology
"Genius"
(2018)
"Audio"
(2018)
Music video
"Genius" on YouTube

"Genius" is a song by pop music group LSD. Written by Sia, Labrinth, Diplo and Jr Blender, and produced by the three last with Gustave Rudman, the song was released on 3 May 2018 as the group's debut and lead single from their upcoming debut studio album, LSD (2019), accompanied with a "psychedelic" animated music video directed by Ben Jones and art by Gabriel Alcala.[5] The song impacted the US alternative radios on 19 June 2018.[6] A remixed version of "Genius" featuring American rapper Lil Wayne was released in January 2019.[7]

The song is featured on the video game by EA Sports, FIFA 19.[8][9][10]

Composition[edit]

Stereogum said the song has an "eclectic, loosely Caribbean production".[11] Dancing Astronaut described the song as "Labrinth and Sia swapping syncopated versework over a characteristically catchy hip-hop lite Diplo beat."[3] Rolling Stone called it "a distinctly Diplo synth-pop drop".[12] Lyrically, the song references Albert Einstein, Galileo Galilei, Stephen Hawking, and Isaac Newton.[11]

Music video[edit]

Produced by the company Bento Box Entertainment, illustrated by Gabriel Alcala and directed by Ben Jones (creator of The Problem Solverz and Stone Quackers), "Genius" is a surreal animated cartoon, influences from an American Pop Artist, Peter Max and Heinz Edelmann, who designed for The Beatles's animated musical film, Yellow Submarine. Characters are 2D, boldly colored caricatures of LSD members and anthropomorphic animals. Historical geniuses such as Steve Jobs and Leonardo da Vinci are also referenced, depicted as humanoid mice (mice being a recurring motif in LSD animations).[13] The scenes follow a psychedelic, non-chronological storyline lightly tied to the lyrics, and symbolic animals such as three-eyed tigers and human-like mice are present throughout the video.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Genius" (Banx & Ranx Remix) – 2:57
  2. "Genius" (Banx & Ranx Reggae Remix) – 3:14
  • Digital download[15]
  1. "Genius" (Lil Wayne Remix) (featuring Lil Wayne) – 2:42

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[16]

  • Diplo – production, programming
  • Labrinth – production, engineering, programming
  • Jr Blender – production, programming
  • Gustave Rudman – production
  • Manny Marroquin – mix engineering
  • Chris Galland – mix engineering
  • Randy Merrill – master engineering
  • Bart Schoudel – engineering
  • Luke Dimond – engineering
  • Robin Florent – engineering assistance
  • Scott Desmarais – engineering assistance

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[33] Gold 35,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[34] Gold 10,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Lil Wayne remix[edit]

"Genius (Lil Wayne Remix)"
LSD-Genius Remix Cover.jpg
Single by LSD
from the album LSD
ReleasedJanuary 17, 2019 (2019-01-17)
Format
Length2:43
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)
Lil Wayne singles chronology
"Pistol On My Side (P.O.M.S.)"
(2018)
"Genius"
(Lil Wayne Remix)
(2019)
"Don’t Cry"
(2019)
Music video
"Genius" (Lil Wayne Remix) on YouTube

"Genius" (Lil Wayne Remix), featuring American rapper Lil Wayne, was the first official remix of "Genius". It was released on January 17, 2019 by Columbia Records and featured on pop music group LSD's debut studio album, LSD (2019).

Music video[edit]

On January 17, 2019 the official music video of "Genius" (Lil Wayne Remix) was released on the official Vevo channel of the group.

Remix personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[35]

  • Lil Wayne – guest vocals, lyrics
  • Sia Furler – lyrics, composition
  • Timothy McKenzie – composition
  • Philip Meckseper – composition
  • Diplo – production, programming, composition
  • Labrinth – production, engineering, programming
  • Jr Blender – production, programming
  • Gustave Rudman – miscellaneous production
  • Manny Galvez – recording engineering
  • John Hanes – mix engineering
  • Serban Ghenea – mix engineering
  • Randy Merrill – master engineering
  • Bart Schoudel – engineering
  • Luke Dimond – engineering
  • Robin Florent – engineering assistance
  • Scott Desmarais – engineering assistance

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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