You don't have to dance to break a sweat listening to Tommy Genesis' humid synths, murmured asides, and raps about spitting and licking and swallowing. The Canadian singer and model calls it "fetish rap," a term she coined and an apt descriptor for both the content of her lyrics and her musical niche. Like Shygirl, CupcakKe, and Nicki Minaj, Genesis writes playfully and specifically about sex.
When Tommy Genesis coined the term "fetish rap" as a means of categorizing her music, she wasn't necessarily giving it a sexual connotation, rather using it as a means of describing the niche appeal of her music. Her sonic brand since the release of her 2015 debut mixtape, World Vision, has been that of bridging the gap between mainstream and underground sensibilities, and this same ethos is carried forth on her sophomore album, goldilocks x, even directly referenced on the seductive, playful opener "peppermint. " Genesis stated in a recent interview: "You know in 'Goldilocks' where she's like, 'It's too hot, it's too cold, this chair is too big, it's too small?' 'Goldilocks' is the sweet spot.
Only a few can do what Tommy Genesis does. Over three assertive, braggadocious albums, she has established herself as one of Canada's most rebellious and provocative rappers: pulling together a whirlwind of sounds, collaborating with the likes of Charli XCX, Deb Never, and Jpegmafia, and somehow the result is cohesive and abiding project to project. Honing her craft with combative jabs, Tommy's punchlines are her seminal asset.