The next season of the YouTube series Step Up: High Water is set to debut on March 20th, but before the viral series gets here, one star of the show, Ne-Yo, has been commissioned to craft the official soundtrack to the series and does do by ushering new single "Genesis.
"My inspiration for the song was my character Sage’s arc and going back to his beginnings," Ne-Yo tells Billboard. The music and feel that inspired him to choose music over the streets. He loses his way and has to go back to his roots to find it."
Notably, listeners can identify elements of New Jack Swing in the track, an aspect Ne-Yo says was deliberate in an effort to take it "back to the fun and energy of just loving what you’re doing
"The lyrics speak directly to what Sage is going through," he adds. "Who he is now and who he needs to remember he was."