Release Date: Mar 25, 2016
Record label: Sony Music
Genre(s): Rap, Pop/Rock, Alternative Rap, Underground Rap, Hardcore Rap
Who is Domo Genesis? To those who know Odd Future from Tyler, the Creator’s polarizing 2010 debut Bastard, he’s a founding Odd Future member who can flip weed smoking into a thousand different punchlines. If you know Odd Future from Frank Ocean’s sparse guest appearances and Loiter Squad episodes, he’s the funny weed carrier whose identifiable by voice more than name. Those completely unfamiliar with OFWGKTA will deem him an unknown.
Two years off to deal with the deaths of his uncle and aunt, Domo Genesis finally returned to his solo career with this biographical, long-awaited debut. Here, the man known for delivering Odd Future's best jokes still talks about weed and weirdness, and sometimes with a star-studded guest list, as the killer "Go (Gas)" features Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, and Tyler, The Creator. Mac Miller figures into the great "Coming Back", but the bits about Domo's family, his autistic brother, and his own search for self make this a meatier album than expected.
It was always difficult to figure out where exactly Domo Genesis fit in with Odd Future. Earl Sweatshirt was its teen prodigy, Frank Ocean its silent genius, and Tyler, the Creator its radical leader. In the beginning, Domo seemed like merely another warm body to justify the "collective" tag; his lethargic, professional weed carrier raps never really complementing the anarchist shouts of his teen rebel cohorts.
Domo Genesis has always been a sidekick member in Odd Future. Outshined by the dominant voices of Tyler the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt, the 25-year-old rapper never had his moment in the spotlight despite releasing a track before, or spitting a verse or two on his labelmates' songs. This Odd Future Records debut, Genesis, is Domo's entry into honing his voice as a rapper.
For many older music critics, witnessing the progression of an artist is vital to their overall stature. For younger audiences, like myself, it’s rare to see the phases reveal themselves so soon. But a slew of teens in the internet era are getting their first taste of that, as the many members of the now-defunct Odd Future go their separate ways. Some have fallen by the wayside, largely due to their lack of ambition, others have taken risks sonically, while a few have ventured out beyond the music realm.