In the third exclusive reveal this week, Clash is proud to present rebellious cult rapper Tommy Genesis as the third of four cover stars for the brand new Issue 107.
Our spring issue shines its light on an audacious assembly of artists whose uncontainable ambitions are propelling them to raise their heads above the parapet, to defy conventions in the name of trusting their own singular instincts, and to stake their claims as great champions of progress.
Few young artists are as aptly positioned to draw the attention of the media in 2018 as Tommy Genesis. Since her 2015 debut dropped on Atlanta-based label Awful Records, people haven’t been able to stop talking about Genesis’s tearaway lyricism, leftfield beats and, most notably, the sexual content of her music. The half-Tamil, half-Swedish artist is an enigmatic, bold, rapper/producer/model/auteur who’s reclaiming her own image, challenging heteronormativity, and inverting the male gaze in the process.
“As an artist it’s difficult because people are always trying to brand you and keep you in your branded box,” she tells Clash. “Like, ‘Ok, you’re Tommy Genesis. You wear a schoolgirl outfit, you make ‘fetish rap’ and that’s where you live. So if I step outside of that, people get uncomfortable because that’s where they put me.”
Joining Tommy in this potent issue is James Bay, J Hus, Leon Bridges, Trippie Redd, Jade Bird, Tommy Cash, Tove Styrke, Alice Cooper, Bishop Nehru, and much more.
Clash 107 is available to buy online now ahead of its release next week - get the magazine HERE.
Clash 107 with Tommy Genesis
Interview: Ben Grenrock
Photography: Bella Howard
Fashion: Mindy Le Brock
Creative Direction: Rob Meyers
Tommy Genesis wears Miu Miu.