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Tommy Genesis at Red Bull Music Festival LA

31 minsFirst aired 12 Mar 2019
Maria Jose Govea

The Canadian rapper and Awful Records protégé brings her blend of hip-hop and punk to the Illegal Civilization showcase at the Pink Motel.

Tommy Genesis is transgressive. Her hyper-sexualized lyrics and provocative music videos work against restrictive social norms, and her music – an intoxicating tincture of rap, pop and dance – disobeys genres. Habitual line-stepping comes naturally to the Canadian vocalist who, after a childhood education in classical piano, played in punk bands (and lived in a crowded punk house) while studying sculpture in Vancouver. It was there where, with the aid of the internet, Genesis met Father, Awful Records’ puckish leader. Following a few trips to Atlanta, she released her aggressive and forward-thinking 2015 debut, World Vision, which included production from Father and KeithCharles Spacebar. After a three-year wait, which saw Genesis release an EP with side-project baby.daddi (a trio with Wes Period and Ye Ali) and sign a contract with Downtown Records, she returned with the self-titled Tommy Genesis. In this session, she performs as part of the Illegal Civilization showcase at RBMF LA.


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