Rapper Tommy Genesis Explains Leaning Into Pop For Upcoming Debut

Rapper Tommy Genesis Explains Leaning Into Pop For Upcoming Debut


Get to know Tommy Genesis as she makes her transfer in direction of pop-adjacent rap along with her upcoming debut album, releasing November.

FROM: Vancouver

GOD'S PLAN: The MC, who prefers to maintain her given identify personal, has spent the previous few years on the outskirts of mainstream rap with lyrics about intercourse and gender identification. It’s a far cry from when she first began making music at 10, performing in a church group known as God’s Girls. “You assume I’m joking; it’s true,” she says. Her love of artwork led her to review sculpture and movie at Emily Carr University, the place she additionally performed in punk and emo bands earlier than becoming a member of experimental rap duo Moan.

FATHERLY GUIDANCE: Atlanta rapper Father found her early solo music on SoundCloud. He messaged Genesis, who was working at a neighborhood gallery on the time, which led to a collaboration — the 2015 track “Vamp” — and her signing together with his DIY collective of rappers, singers and producers at Awful Records. She started work on 2015 mixtape World Vision, that includes standouts like “Shepherd” and “Angelina,” the place she whisper-raps about faith and want over digital manufacturing.    


STARS ALIGN: In 2017, that mixtape led to performances at Made in America and Pitchfork Music Festival Paris, plus a gap spot on Dua Lipa’s 2018 tour. But it was with the self-directed video for “Tommy,” that includes Genesis writhing round nude in a shower, that she really broke out, pulling in over 1.5 million YouTube views. Genesis now believes it pigeonholed her as a “sexual, sexy rapper.” “It’s so irritating to really feel regular inside myself and be portrayed on this freak-show method,” she says. “It makes me so indignant. I’m what I’m.”

MAKING MOVES: Genesis, who signed to Downtown Records/Interscope in 2017, plans to step exterior rap along with her eponymous studio debut, due later this fall. She describes the venture as having “a duality,” — a “bizarre mesh of rapping and singing” — however it leans pop. (She collaborated with Charli XCX on the LP’s “100 Bad” remix.) “I wouldn’t say I’m a singer, it type of simply occurred,” she says. “[Rapping and singing] can reside collectively. It’s simply within the second of what you’re making.”

This article initially appeared within the Sept. 29 difficulty of Streets Talkin.