Domo Genesis
No Idols


3.5
great

Review

by Seth Barry-Hinton USER (18 Reviews)
August 2nd, 2012 | 34 replies | 8,106 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Slick production and a more wild flow make this a step up from his previous material.

11 of 12 thought this review was well written

Although most people are only aware of the leader of Odd Future, Tyler, The Creator, he is far from being the high point of the "hip-hop" collective, despite his abilities as a producer and lyricist. There's Frank Ocean, whose recent channel ORANGE probably proved him as both the most talented and the most accessible artist within the group. There's Earl Sweatshirt, whose lyrical dexterity (not to mention a healthy bit of mystery) has caused many to think of him as a spiritual successor to Nas, as far as clever lyrics go. And there's Domo Genesis, the stoner rapper in the midst of a group of stoners. Although he was interesting to listen to in a hazy, relaxed way on his debut Rolling Papers, he wasn't the most interesting or attention-grabbing out of the group at the time.

That's all changed at this point. Many people have made the claim that Domo's writing prowess has improved drastically in the time since Papers, shown on his many appearances on the OF Tape, Vol. 2. They are, objectively, correct, and it's evident on No Idols. Domo has managed to retain and better his signature flow, becoming more apt to let loose rather than just sit back and let the violent antics of Earl and Tyler outshine him. It still has the hazy, weed-addled vibe to it, but he now sounds more comfortable. His lyrics have also improved, becoming more complex and intelligent in rhyme scheme and word choice, right from the opening, with the lines "It's heavy as Heaven/I'm workin' like 7-11/And my thoughts gettin' hectic/In need of a blunt and Excedrin". The flow and the words fit together splendidly. As another example, "Me & My Bitch" is interestingly witty, as upon first listen, you'd think it was about a woman and a homage to the Biggie song of the same name (given that the hook is the same). Closer investigation of the lyrics reveals that the song is - of course - about marijuana. Certainly not new ground, but more entertaining than the blunt (sorry) herb-related lyrics of his debut. That's a good summary of the words that make up No Idols, really. It's not groundbreaking, but it's certainly enjoyable and it's certainly smarter than Domo's earlier work.

As for production, the Alchemist was a perfect choice. Tyler's work on Papers was definitely above average, but it's pleasant to hear members of Odd Future over music that was clearly not strictly created by Tyler, Left Brain, or Syd. Slick rock guitar pops up in a few songs, such as opener "Prophecy" and "Power Ballad (Ft. Smoke DZA)", and organ is seen in "Elimination Chamber (Ft. Earl Sweatshirt, Vince Staples & Action Bronson)". These differing elements create a new sound that works extremely well for Domo, and is quite unlike anything we've heard before from the group. The only major misstep is on "All Alone", which has some sort of grunting old man or something over and over again that doesn't really add anything and winds up being more annoying than anything else. There also seems to be a lot of crackle on certain songs, which can be irritating, and the Alchemist's tactic of introducing a song with a skipping beat is overused here.

Guest features are also well-done, not overshadowing Domo but not hiding in the background. The new, less vulgar Earl Sweatshirt continues his streak of monstrous bars, appearing on three different tracks. Tyler delivers more furious venom than he has in a while, in typically offensive style. The other guests, which include Vince Staples, Smoke DZA, Action Bronson, and no less than Prodigy of Mobb Deep, all deliver high-quality bars, or at the very least don't ruin the song for everyone else involved.

No Idols is a brilliant showcase of Domo Genesis' rapping and the Alchemist's production. Other than some mistakes in production, some unnecessary guest features (Freddie Gibbs...) and the lack of truly new lyrical ideas, it's a fun album that's easy to listen to and will probably entice people back.



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JazzHands333
August 2nd 2012



312 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Also, I apologize that this is the second OF-related review I've done. I intended to review some others (the new Nas, Offspring, and LP albums, in particular), but it had already been done and I didn't bring anything particularly new to the table.

Hep Kat
August 2nd 2012



14994 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

lol

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elephantREVOLUTION
August 2nd 2012



2731 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pos

Storm In A Teacup
August 2nd 2012



12687 Comments


Who cares about bringing new stuff to the tale, unless you're going for staff. You should just write what you want.

FourthReich
August 2nd 2012



17071 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

excellent review

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Ire
August 2nd 2012



41746 Comments


why do all odd future albums have the same summary?



Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 2nd 2012



49766 Comments


cuz the only way white people know how to describe hip hop is to pretend they understand flow

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FourthReich
August 2nd 2012



17071 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah i can't reltate to a nigga's struggle

JazzHands333
August 2nd 2012



312 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@SIAT: Can't argue with that.
@Elephant/Reich: Thanks!

KangarooSong
August 2nd 2012



143 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You seriously believe Freddie Gibbs is an unnecessary feature? When I heard his voice on that track I was amazed Domo was able to get that skilled of a rapper on one of his songs.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
August 2nd 2012



49766 Comments


yeah

Funeralopolis
August 2nd 2012



10999 Comments


Liking this

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JazzHands333
August 2nd 2012



312 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The feature wasn't bad, it just didn't quite vibe with me. It's grown on me throughout the day, though.

auberginedreams
August 3rd 2012



5983 Comments


that sample in all alone is just lolwut.

Blackbelt54
August 3rd 2012



4268 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Just started listening, I really liked Under the Influence and Rolling Papers wasn't bad either. Who's idea was it to put that grunting in All Alone, seriously it sounds terrible. The Jim Ross sample was cool tho

Blackbelt54
August 3rd 2012



4268 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not as good as Under the Influence, the beats aren't as good

Fort23
August 4th 2012



2474 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album is good, like the review, though I disagree in that I like all alone, don't really like me and my bitch and prefer the Gibbs spot over prodigys.

jwhitmer2
August 6th 2012



1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really dig the album and agree with the review, except that in my opinion SpaceGhostPurrp's verse on The Daily News was one of the best guest appearances on the album.

Tupik
August 7th 2012



671 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is about as good as his previous tape was, his rapping is definitely getting better though, but I really don't like the Alchemist's beats, he semi-ruined Covert Coup for me, and aside from the first Gangrene album his beats are pretty weak imo.

Nikkolae
August 14th 2012



4754 Comments


this is pretty cool, great driving music.

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