Brooke Candy unleashes her inner freak with ‘SEXORCISM’.

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The cover of Brooke Candy’s debut studio album, ‘SEXORCISM’, which appears censored for this publication.

Mason Montano, Music Editor

The conversation around American rapper and singer-songwriter Brooke Candy’s debut album has gone on for over seven years.

Known for her cyberpunk aesthetic and unconventional approach to hip-hop, Candy rose to prominence in August 2012 when she starred in the music video for Canadian singer-songwriter and producer Grimes’ viral hit “Genesis” and independently released her debut single, “Das Me”, later that October.

After dropping her debut mixtape, The Mixtape, in June 2013, Candy signed to RCA Records in February 2014; released her debut EP and first project on a major label, Opulence, in May of that year; and revealed that her debut album, Daddy Issues, was officially in production.

Following a handful of singles released throughout 2016 and 2017; including the moderately successful “Living Out Loud” with Australian singer-songwriter Sia, which became her first song to impact a chart when it peaked at #4 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart; RCA confirmed that Daddy Issues would be released in spring 2017, however, the album was ultimately scrapped when Candy left the label that summer due to creative differences, as she didn’t want to be the mainstream pop star that they were pressuring her to be.

While she originally planned to release an EP in its place called Whatever, which was preceded by the lead single, “Volcano”, in July 2017, it was eventually scrapped as well, and instead, she dropped another handful of singles throughout 2018 and early 2019, including “My Sex” and “Happy”, before an announcement in late February revealed that her debut album was set to be released later in the year, and in late October, Brooke Candy finally released her debut studio album, SEXORCISM.

SEXORCISM follows a movement in hip-hop — a genre notorious for its overt male sexuality and female objectification — that sees female rappers taking back the power by reversing the roles traditionally assigned to them and flaunting their own sexuality with lyrics that “objectify” men instead.

The tracklist is littered with collaborations, most of whom are women, and the songs feature a varying degree of scandalous lyrics from slight innuendos to heavy sexually explicit content. 

Candy owns her sexual promiscuity on the opening track, “Nymph” — a quirky, slightly unhinged song on which she proudly declares herself a “nymphomaniac”, effectively setting the tone for the rest of the record.

The lead single, “XXXTC” with American rapper Maliibu Miitch and English singer-songwriter Charli XCX, is a seductive bop with powerful bass, a feminist sentiment, and an avant-garde music video; the non-single “C*m” with Australian rapper Iggy Azalea is an acid house track and an ode to sexual pleasure that graphically depicts the female orgasm; and the third single and closing track, “FMU” with American rapper and singer Rico Nasty and German producer Boys Noize, is an industrial banger filled with clever metaphors and campy double-entendres that allude to female sexual dominance. 

Although some may call it “obscene” or “unnecessarily sexual”, SEXCORISM‘s blatant sexuality isn’t without purpose. In addition to celebrating female sexual liberation, Candy seeks to break down societal taboos surrounding sex, as natural aspects of human sexuality, such as masturbation and casual sex, are generally looked down upon by our prudish society, and people are shamed for taking pleasure in their bodies. Brooke Candy wants to challenge these narrow-minded and harmful perceptions of sex, encouraging people to get their freak on!

SEXORCISM is available now across all online and streaming platforms.

Stream SEXORCISM on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5IV5QYzpZA1oI7FK0HfBxL?si=xjlKIO-iSricikYajc4ZZw 

Watch the music video for “XXXTC”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jy7D0MLyWe4 

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Candy in the music video for “XXXTC”.