“I’m the bitch that makes fetish rap/ I talk a lot of weird shit and they copycat,” flexes Tommy Genesis in the opening track of her third studio album Goldilocks X. Featuring collaborations from the likes of Charli XCX, Deb Never, and JPEGMAGIA, the 11-track record is packed with self-empowered bangers and snappy hooks made for sultry nights at the club. Beneath the bossed-up bravado and boy-bye anthems, Goldilocks X is also the rapper’s most introspective work to date, chipping away at her cool-girl exterior to reveal deeper personal reflection. “Selfish, secretive, possessive, condescending/ Even when I cum, I’m pretending,” she raps on “Men”, while closing track “fuck u u know u can’t make me cry” is a heated AutoTune ballad about heartbreak. With cuffing season fast-approaching, Goldilocks X is an assertion of independence.
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