Monday, November 10, 2014

Listen to Domo Genesis's "Under the Influence 2"

Domo Genesis is one of the lesser known members of the rap collective Odd Future. Since 2009, Genesis has worked with Tyler the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, and Frank Ocean. But unlike most of OFWGKTA, Genesis's lyrics focused less on the violent, satirical content that the collective was known for, and more along the lines of weed-smoking and women. Often, Genesis sounded more similar to Smoke DZA and Curren$y than Odd Future. For the last five years, Genesis has been sharpening his skills, but has been quiet for the last year. But, last week, he dropped probably his strongest effort to date, Under the Influence 2

The mixtape begins slowly, but begins to pick up. The first five tracks are mostly filled with just talking, and when Domo raps, it mostly just sounds like a freestyle. But the mixtape picks up with the song "Go Outside" featuring IAMSU!, arguably the best song on the mixtape. The rest of the project is much more focused, and sounds more like a bonafide mixtape than just some people messing around over an instrumental. The mixtape features verses by Mac Miller and frequent-collaborator Hodgy Beats. Under the Influence 2 includes none of the "horrorcore" rap that Odd Future was once known for, which is a great step, and features a very personal track titled "Follow Me", with a nice hook from Tay Walker. Production is mostly handled by Left Brain and SAP, who have previously worked with Genesis.

In the last year, Odd Future has been fairly quiet. In fact, Under the Influence 2 has been the first release in over a year, following The Internet's Feel Good in September 2013. Last weekend, Odd Future held a carnival in Los Angles, featuring the collective along with Rick Ross, Pharrell, Action Bronson, Schoolboy Q, Vince Staples, and others. The FADER sat down with Tyler, the Creator and interviewed him about the carnival. In the interview, Tyler revealed that while Odd Future is still a family, they have been drifting apart. This explains the recent quietness of the group. But, hopefully we'll hear new music from Frank Ocean, Tyler, Earl Sweatshirt, and even Domo Genesis's debut album.

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