Emcee, songwriter, and entrepreneur
Capitał was born Anwar Genus on May 13, 1986 in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. By the time was in his teens he had embraced the art of rapping and would find any way to immerse himself in the culture. Known as “Lil one” or “L”, any opportunity he could get to master his craft and record, he would be there. Pickering High School was the birthplace for a lot of Canadian talent (Boi-1da, T-Minus, Dvsn, Cory Joseph), and Capitał was at the forefront of it all. His love for hip-hop would ultimately create friction with his religious west-Indian family. His father would try and stop him from pursuing hip-hop in every way possible. His passion would quickly become his strife.
Eager to record and take his music career to the next level, Capital was given the opportunity to formulate a music group with his friends by the name of ALL-CITY (Anwar Genus, Paul Jefferies, Daniel Daley and Aldean Reid). It was here, “L the Prince of Rhyme” was born and he would begin honing his skills. ALL-CITY was quickly taken under the wing of Chase Prasos of Chris Smith Management. This music group became a launching pad for then The “Apostle Paul” Superstar Producer Paul “Nineteen85” Jefferies (Hold On We’re Going Home, Hotline Bling, One Dance) alongside Vocalist Daniel Daley who together combine to form “Dvsn”, ALL-CITY graced the stages of the Molson Amphitheatre, Massey Hall and Dundas Square. ALL-CITY’s “Oldschool Fresh” style helped cultivate a trendsetting and cutting edge sound that is still being recognized Internationally on Billboard charts today.
Shortly after ALL-CITY paved a path for hip-hop in Toronto, the group broke up. Capital didn’t let this stop him from still pursuing his music career. He picked himself up after a rough phase in his life and re-emerged as “L the 12th Letter”. Working with the likes of R&B songstress Andreena Mill, Canadian hip-hop producer Ajene “Agile” Griffith, Juno Award-Winning Producer Rich Kidd, Marvin “Hagler” Thomas and Ian Kamau, a spoken word artist, visual artist and writer who narrated Capital’s album.
Brokering a deal on Facebook with fellow Torontonian Jeremy “Arthur McArthur” (Big Sean, Kelly Rowland, Timbaland, Dr. Dre), Capitał set out to create his next album. The classically trained producer quickly signed on to serve as co-producer. With a principal arrangement comprised of 10 songs in hand, he moved to Los Angeles. The move to LA brought Capital new sound, and new opportunity. Geoffro Cause, an American songwriter, producer, and singer (Beyonce, Cee Lo Green, David Guetta) also serves as a co-producer on the album, working alongside an ensemble cast of Grammy-winning and nominated artists, producers, songwriters and engineers.
Capital has been many people in his lifetime. This album is the rebirth. Capital represents the maturation of “Lil one, L the Prince of Rhyme, L the 12th Letter, “L”. Capital represents a wiser man, a man who has learned many lessons, been knocked down and still rose, a man who will have success. Capital represents money and wealth, the bigger and uppercase letter L, and it represents the most important city, Toronto.
Capitał x Rel Carter Tour
Capitał at Koerner Hall