By now, it’s not hard to see why members of L.A. hip-hop outfit Odd Future went their own ways a year or two ago. It wasn’t necessarily because everyone wanted to atomize the collective and it definitely wasn’t because the group lacked moxie or substance. To be honest, they’ve always been on fire as a fully cohesive unit. It was more a case wherein each member or group-act had such unique talent individually that some wanted to distance themselves from the brand to make a separate name for themselves on their own.
A few still feel quite passionate about the movement, including Domo Genesis from Inglewood, an emcee who until this point has distinguished himself with a handful of excellent mix tapes and as one third of MellowHigh with Left Brain and Hodgy Beats of MellowHype. Today, Friday, March 25, Domo has finally released his debut studio album, Genesis, and with it, he is poised to catapult himself onto a higher echelon of rap-recognition, for it is a well balanced, musically agreeable project in which Domo makes the full transition into adulthood mentally. His rhymes are tight, the guests are interesting, the music as already mentioned is lovely, and it provides just the right amount of variety in all areas.
Avoiding labels, Domo is stylish and smart, cool and conscious, taking the best feelings and thoughts from both rapper-subtypes. With his “feet on the ground” and his “head in the clouds,” he levels himself evenly between opposite pulls and just springs forth lyrically in the second track “One Below” with several topics: family, friends, self-sufficiency, focus and more – points that really matter at the end of the day. He is a sucker for being himself, working hard, taking the right path, and exploring some of life’s greatest questions (see “Questions” featuring Da$h and Kendra Foster).
He exhibits an excellent attitude everywhere, blocks out the negative peanut gallery and commits himself to a respectable lifestyle. To balance out all his knowledge and wisdom, he sets aside time for fun, choosing to show his hip groovy side in tracks like “Faded in the Moment” with Cam O’bi and “Dapper” with Anderson Paak. He is inspired by hard times and hustles to make a positive change.
Domo Genesis reads a decisive verdict in Genesis stating that he is guilty of being one of the most mature voices of West Coast rap’s new guard, backed by a jury of his peers. Tay Walker, JMSN, Tyler The Creator, Mac Miller, and King Chip are among his guests, in his age range and in agreement with him and his thoughts. A little less compatible but fun nevertheless is how Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J meet with Domo and Tyler for “Go (Gas),” an Odd Future meets Taylor Gang get-together.
Beautifully orchestrated, the production, a gorgeous spread by alternative producers Mike & Keys, Christian Rich, SAP, Los Garcia Bros, Left Brain and others, favors calm relaxing jazz, cool gentle flute and piano, and buoyant easygoing dance numbers that will have the whole industry nodding. Domo’s wordplay is fantastic and although he doesn’t rap about current events or stir up any offensively satisfying rebellion, his head is screwed on right attitude-wise. The social activism can wait, but not much longer, just until and if he starts another LP. That being said, Genesis is a very solid genesis to Domo’s album-making career.