Tommy Genesis

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Tommy Genesis
Birth nameGenesis Yasmine Mohanraj
BornVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • model
  • visual artist
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2013–present[1]
Labels
Associated acts
Websitetommygenesis.com

Genesis Yasmine Mohanraj,[2] known by her stage name Tommy Genesis, is a Canadian Hindu rapper, model and visual artist. In 2016, Dazed magazine described her as "the internet's most rebellious underground rap queen". She has a sister known as Stevonye Cross.[3] Her music incorporates experimental style and often sexual verses.[4] Her debut album titled Tommy Genesis was released in November 2018.

Early life and education[edit]

Genesis was born in Vancouver, Canada, and is of Hindu Tamil and Swedish descent.[5] She graduated from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design where she studied film and sculpture.[6] Genesis is her birth name.[7]

Career[edit]

Music[edit]

Genesis started recording rap in 2013 as part of a project called G3NESIS.[1] In 2015 Genesis signed with Awful Records and released her debut album World Vision.[5] In 2017 she signed with Downtown Records/Interscope Records. She collaborated with Abra, another artist from Awful Records, on the track "Hair Like Water Wavy Like the Sea" from Genesis's debut mixtape World Vision.[8]

On 28 July 2018 she released the single "100 Bad". This song is the second collaboration that Tommy made with the music producer Charlie Heat, with whom she previously collaborated on the 2017 song "Tommy". The song is featured on her debut album, Tommy Genesis.[9][10] Later, British singer-songwriter Charli XCX released a remix of "100 Bad" on 7 September. Her debut album, Tommy Genesis was released on 9 November 2018.

Fashion[edit]

Tommy Genesis was recruited by Calvin Klein for their Fall 2016 campaign along with other musical artists.[5] In 2017 she collaborated with rapper M.I.A. at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.[11]

Lyricism[edit]

Gender and sexuality are common themes in Genesis' music and she has described herself as a "fetish rapper".[4] She is also an advocate against girl-on-girl cyberbullying.[12]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

  • World Vision (2015)

Singles[edit]

  • "Art" (2016)
  • "They Cum They Go" (2016)
  • "Empty" (2017)
  • "Tommy" (2017)
  • "Lucky" (2018)
  • "100 Bad" (2018)
  • "100 Bad (Charli XCX Remix)" [remixes] (2018)
  • "Daddy" (2018)
  • "Bad Boy" (2018)
  • "I'm Yours" (2019)

Guest appearances and collaborations[edit]

  • "Big Boi" by Abra, Princess EP (2016)
  • Baby.Daddy. (EP, 2016)[14]

Tours[edit]

Headlining

  • God is Wild Tour (2019)

Supporting

  • Dua Lipa – The Self-Titled Tour (2018)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mark Deming. Tommy Genesis Biography. AllMusic.
  2. ^ https://www.canadacompany.info/canada
  3. ^ Dazed (2016-01-18). "Meet the internet's most rebellious underground rap queen". Dazed. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
  4. ^ a b "New Face, Fresh Style: 'Fetish Rapper' & New Downtown Records Signee Tommy Genesis". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
  5. ^ a b c Cusumano, Katherine. "Welcome to the Twisted Fairytale World of Calvin Klein Model, Rapper, and Artist Tommy Genesis". W Magazine. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
  6. ^ Stopa, Thalia (July 27, 2015). "Getting to the Roots of Tommy Genesis". BeatRoute Magazine. Retrieved March 25, 2017.
  7. ^ "and then god created tommy". 25 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Tommy Genesis: 12 Things You Need To Know About The Bisexual Canadian 'Fetish Rapper'". 3 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Listen: Tommy Genesis - '100 Bad'". Clash. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Tommy Genesis Talks a Big Game on '100 Bad'". HighSnobiety. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  11. ^ Marfil, Lorelei (2017-03-24). "M.I.A. Hosts Mercedes-Benz Fashion Event". WWD. Retrieved 2017-03-26.
  12. ^ "Class of 2017: Tommy Genesis - Urban Outfitters - Blog". blog.urbanoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2017-03-26.
  13. ^ Marsh, Ariana. "Meet the New Queen of the Underground Hip-Hop Scene". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 2017-03-26.
  14. ^ Listen to Baby.Daddi's Dreamy Self-Titled Debut

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