Within the Odd Future collective, Domo Genesis has maintained a role as the weed friendly lyricist, spitting potent rhymes over generally hazy production. With this, he assumed a lesser role behind the spotlight of Earl Sweatshirt and Tyler, The Creator. Slowly but surely these separate members began to diverge from each other. As the group began to dissolve, Domo continued to deliver persistent work and Genesis is certainly a continuation of this process.
On Genesis, there is a slight transfer in Domo’s sound as the production takes on a certain soulful vibe that has never been utilized by Domo in the past. This production compliments and highlights his verses revolving around his mother, his place in the industry, weed, and of course, the situation with OFWGKTA. The first half of the album is tainted where he attempts to transcend the production with wavy hooks that seem to fall short and feel sort of unsteady. Despite these first few wobbly hooks, within the second half of the album Mac Miller, Anderson .Paak and Domo himself deliver extremely poignant hooks on the songs ‘Coming Back‘, ‘Dapper‘ and ‘All Night‘, respectively.
Although many are growing weary of always having to discuss Odd Future as a whole when investigating its individual members, there is ample evidence of this theme throughout Genesis and to ignore it just would not be fair. With Domo rapping verses such as “it’s been a while since I felt like I was part of a team/ I feel like so apart just trying to stay apart of this league” on ‘One Below‘, you can sense his lingering frustration from the separation of his OF peers.
Yet, to claim it is the only focal point of the project is also untrue.
His mother is invoked multiple times throughout the album in a tone of self-reflective doubt such as “can you face personal pain just for the love of the art? / I hope that you ain’t let your momma down / you wish that you was back in college now” on the track ‘Questions‘. Also, she is even given a lengthy portion of ‘One Below‘ to prologue the album.
Additionally, comparable to his past work, Domo touches on the topic of weed frequently on Genesis. This led to recruiting his extreme weed connoisseur friends, Taylor Gang’s Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J, for the song ‘Go (Gas)‘. And of course, all three deliver verses revolving heavily around the subject; “tryna take Domo to the weed spot / True pothead so I need pot”. I would be lying if I said I expected anything else from them.
‘Go (Gas)‘ is arguably one of the better songs on the album, yet it bleeds a nostalgic Odd Future clamor dominated by Tyler, The Creator‘s signature production. To compliment this, Domo spits some classic lines such as “drunk enough to stir some controversy, bitch let’s fucking tape it…Suck a dick hater while I selfie with the Eifel Tower / Five star general, the Odd Future I’m Eisenhower.” But this deviates heavily from the remainder of the album and seems misplaced among the other tracks.
With Genesis, it appears Domo is looking for dry, stable ground after stepping away from underneath the Odd Future umbrella. And after what we’ve heard from his debut album, Domo Genesis has laid a very stable foundation for what I believe will be a successful continuation of his solo career.
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