I started intently paying attention to Domo Genesis following his Alchemist collaboration mixtape No Idols released in 2012. His incredible talent as a wordsmith before anything else was instantly obvious, underpinned by Alchemist’s street certified bangers.
In Genesis, Domo’s maturity and sense of introspection is surprising and refreshing. Don’t get me wrong, there’s still the generous weed and general left-brain-ness content that we’ve come to expect from the OFWGKTA posse. But the first half of the album, will have you listening to a progressing man who isn’t afraid to explore decidedly mature topics including his family, overcoming self-doubt and obstacles and finding himself.
In what is his debut studio album, Domo manages to dispel the “stoner rapper” tag that he had unofficially earned himself with prior releases. In fact, Genesis comes across as a look into the mind undergoing a sobering process and coming to terms with some realities. A revelation of sorts. The mellow choice in beats provided by Sha Money XL, Pharell-mentored duo Christian Rich and Cam O’bi amongst others, provide the ideal setting. Musically, I rate this is a step in the right direction for Domo – he has put together a succinct and listenable album that might garner a following outside of the OF sphere.
Having said all that, there are aspects that can definitely be improved. A few of the tracks in the second half of the album sound sketchy, “Lost and Found” and “All Night” amongst them. Parts of the album could definitely have been better rounded off.
“Dapper” featuring Anderson .Paak and “Go (Gas)” with Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J and Tyler the Creator have been released as the official singles.
“Dapper” is a fun and groovy throwback type song, with the mellowest of Domo flows talking love and complimented by .Paak’s melodies. It’s hard to fault the song but its strength as a single is questionable. The latter makes sense because of its star-studded cast and unsurprisingly, is a smokers’ delight theme song.
Stand out joints:
– Awkward Groove
– My Own (featuring JMSN**)
– One Below
** Please do yourself a favor and check out JMSN’s music: JMSN (The Blue Album) the recently-released It is. You can thank me later.
Written by: Hypocretin