Although Tyler, the Creator might have been Odd Future’s radical leader and Earl Sweatshirt the out of nowhere prodigy, Domo Genesis has always been the third best rapper in Odd Future’s rap collective. Maybe not the most famous, with Tyler, Earl, Frank Ocean, and the Internet’s Syd tha Kid taking up the Odd Future spotlight, Domo’s kind of always just been there, putting out mixtapes like Rolling Papers, No Idols, and Under the Influence 1 & 2. Now that the future of Odd Future is questionable, it leaves Domo Genesis’ placement in the rap world up for question as well. If Domo’s place in Odd Future was mainly just a possible good guest verse among his more talented counterparts, then where does he stand when he’s on his own?
For someone whose influences are MF Doom and Wiz Khalifa, the fight between lyricism and content has always been a struggle for Domo Genesis. How does one become a successful weed rapper while still holding acclaim as a lyricist? There’s a lot of questioning motives and “why do I rap?” searching for answers on Genesis, as if he’s trying to create the reason by the time he gets to the end of the album. Other than the fact that he’s just been doing it too long to quit now, it seems the want to prove himself as a rapper is all that keeps him going. For one, other than maybe on “Go (Gas),” featuring Wiz Khalifa & Juicy J, some of the most celebrity weed rappers of the game, Domo takes less of a drug approach to the lyrical content and really dives into the idea of “what kind of a rapper am I going to be?”
A combination of hazy piano West Coast vibes and Doom style boom-bap drums, the music is probably the most exciting part of where Domo is heading. Lyrically the material isn’t super exciting, showcasing a spark of decent introspective lines here and there, but the transition from a drug heavy vocabulary to a questioning new rapper to the game concept record isn’t anything to pan over either.
He’s not alone through this journey, with features on almost every track, and although some of the chorus vocals have kind of a “No Make-Up (Her Vice) (feat. Colin Munroe)” off of Section .80 by Kendrick Lamar awkward feel to it, other features like Mac Miller, Tyler, and Anderson .Paak really accentuate album highlights. Other than believing that “One Below” should have been the opening track, some of the awkward choruses, and that “Go (Gas)” is just honestly horrible, the record is a good start to what could be a good career for Domo Genesis. Genesis is a solid journey of self discovery. Domo just has to decide where he goes from here.