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Gene Hicks


Gene Hicks a.k.a. G-Da-Man

Edward Gene Hicks, a.k.a. G-Da-Man, began his career in Champaign, IL in the Mid-West Hip-Hop underground scene as a break dancer for the Twin City Breakers performing and competing in shows around the country. He continued his career in hip hop by honing his rap skills and eventually forming the rap group Paign Family. After spending many years producing, performing, and hosting events all over the U.S., making a name and gaining respect from his peers along with a large fan base, Gene began to set his sights on film production.


Gene's knowledge of production from years of working in the underground and his experience as a martial artist made him a force to reckon with as an African-American action film maker. Graduating from Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois with a B.A. in Arts and Entertainment Media Management, he started GH Productions and Films.


Gene produced a variety of music videos for artists all over the country and completed work on indie film projects as a fight choreographer and actor in Chicago. He then honed his directorial skills by partnering with Racketeer Records and directed his first feature-length urban action film, Loyalty, which was featured in 2008 and won the Tomi Film Festival for best feature film. Gene now writes, produces, directs, and films his own movies. His next action-packed film, The Dying Breed, is completed and ready to be featured.


Gene's most recent project is Hip Hop Fit, a fitness workout that he has developed successfully while instructing group fitness classes at big box gyms. His unique workout format weaves together his hip hop skills--MC'ing, dancing, and rapping. Gene and his amazing wife Kate Ryan partnered to open their own studio in February of 2016 with the support of the Hip Hop Fit Family and a successful GoFundMe Campaign, the brilliant guidance of Michael McClinton of the Small Business Development Center at JJC, and Accion Chicago. His workout is available on 5 different volumes of DVD's. Live Streaming of HHF is now available at