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Tommy Genesis

She’s worked with MIA and Dua Lipa, but the provocative Canadian rap artist is about to step out of the shadows

That Tommy Genesis counts Tracey Emin among her influences feels telling: the Canadian rapper-singer’s output is charged, provocative, and as concerned with visuals as it is with music. Like Emin, Genesis, who is of Tamil and Swedish descent, might sometimes explore “taboo” subject matter . Increasingly, though, she sets it in a poppy, accessible framework.

Genesis’s acclaimed 2015 mixtape, World Vision , and sultry 2017 single, Tommy , left her pigeonholed as, in her words, “a freakshow” – these were breathy, explicit releases (the video for the latter saw her writhing in a bathtub). Her forthcoming eponymous debut album pushes away from that ; moments of sweet singing show vulnerability amid the brash sexuality. Sure, 100 Bad ’s refrain – “I spit it, I lick it, I count it and I flip it” – pulses suggestively with something a little more fetish and left-...