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TOMMY GENESIS - World Vision

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By the mid 2010's, in Atlanta, the guys from Awful Records would make their best to push even further the borders of rap. They were the next step, or the arrival point, of this long path toward the bizarre, the experimental and the hallucinated, many artists from that city had engaged on. In reality, though, this collective of rappers and producers was not entirely based in Georgia. Father, their leader, had investigated further, when conducting his quest for like-minded non-conformists. He had explored as far as Vancouver, in Canada. Thanks to the Internet magic, he had got in touch with Tommy Genesis, who would become the sixteenth member of the Awful crew, and would release with their support an outstanding first album.

TOMMY GENESIS - World Vision

Awful Records ‎:: 2015 :: buy the album

Her integration to Awful Records made sense, considering her singularity. A student in arts, Tommy Genesis is an exotic beauty of undefined origin – actually, she is of Swedish and Tamil descent. She likes to dress in a schoolgirl skirt, and her sexual orientation looks ambiguous. Also, her rapping style is equally weird. She opts sometimes for a hardcore and jerky flow, or, on the complete opposite, for a sluggish and eerie one, depending on what the lyrics are about: sex and drugs rants, or ethereal considerations. The same goes with the music. Produced by herself, by other Awful Records guys like Father or KeithCharles Spacebar, or by GODMODEGAME666, its sounds seem foreign to hip-hop, and closer to IDM.

This makes a short but impactful album. Excepted a few reductionist tracks – the Angelina Jolie tribute "Angelina", the stoned "Bump", and the album's eponymous song – World Vision is outstanding. Its start is great, thanks to the rough and powerful music and lyrics of "Hate Demon", and to the single, "Shepherd". Quality is still there with "Potato Head", the dialog of a bad girl with another rapper from Vancouver, Jay Worthy, with the tribal "Eden", and the banger "Execute", a hymn to Tommy Genesis' pride and independence. Last but not least, the rapper delivers "Hair Like Water Wavy Like The Sea", with Abra, another Awful Records affiliated artist, an oneiric track strengthened by the lesbo-erotic atmosphere of the video.

With World Vision, Tommy Genesis honored the Atlanta collective. She satisfied their most ambitious desires. She delivered, indeed, her own and very special vision of the world, with personal, original, but also very catchy songs. And personality, originality and catchiness, are what all great records are made of.

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