The Next Wave: Tommy Genesis

The Next Wave: Tommy Genesis

These rising stars have genre-defying sounds and the ambition to make it big. We're all ears.

These rising stars have genre-defying sounds and the ambition to make it big. We're all ears.

Photography: Olivia Malone

Styling: Alexandra Cronan

Text: Alexandra Ilyashov

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The Vancouver native only began rapping two years ago, though her interest in music started early: her mom taught her piano at a young age, leading to five group stints. “I always try to stay within a pack, but I forget I’m not a wolf; I’m like a lone tiger,” Genesis says. Her solo sound—sultry lyrics with trap-inflected beats—is a work in progress. “I made up the term ‘fetish rap,’ and now I’m sick of it, to be honest,” she explains. "I don't believe in a genre as a long-term state. My old music was rap. My new music is open to interpretation."

Genesis also has dabbled in fashion: She performed at Miu Miu’s Cruise show in July and starred in Calvin Klein’s Fall 2016 campaign. Her new album will drop by the end of the year. “I still write everything myself,” Genesis asserts. “Only now, I mean everything I say. It comes from a place of empowerment. I feel like making music that will mean something to me in one year, in five years, in 10 years.”

TOMMY GENESIS WEARS CLOTHING AND HAT EMPORIO ARMANI SHOES SAINT LAURENT BY ANTHONY VACCARELLO
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