Well over a year ago now, Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All had the internet and music venues across the United States going berserk. Fronted by their unabashed, charismatic leader Tyler the Creator, Wolf Gang as a collective seemed like the next big thing to hit Hip-Hop’s chronological timeline. But a year later, the OF gang has dropped out of the musical limelight, pursuing recognition through different creative venues (Loiter Squad season two!), and leaving a void of an already hyped up group like Odd Future with not nearly enough musical output to appease the almost cult-like following they once garnered.
With many of his OF running mates not as musically focused as they once were, Domo Genesis steps up to the plate with No Idols, one of the most unnoticed, yet best all around tapes to drop in a year of some especially strong releases for Hip-Hop. One of the main reasons for this is that No Idols is entirely produced by Alchemist, easily one of the best producers in the game right now. From beginning to end, the album plays through like any great album should because it is Alchemist’s masterful creative control over this tape’s production.
Domo himself sounds hungrier and a better writer than he’s ever been on this album. On the title track, “No Idols”, featuring the one and only feature on the album from Tyler, Domo comes in swinging:
“Liftin up like the collar of Kanye on College Dropout,
to be honest when I drop it, I’m knockin the whole block out
off the glass, when it look good, I still Box out
bitch regardless I’m the hardest, pullin the all of the stops out…”
I’m not even really feelin’ Tyler’s angry-voice flow on this, but both of Domo’s verses make this one listenable.
Another awesome thing about No Idols is the features Domo chose to use. Freddie Gibbs, Smoke DZA, Tyler the Creator, Action Bronson, Prodigy, SpaceGhostPurp, and a now-free Earl Sweatshirt make this a balanced list of unique artists, yet not too many to keep Domo from proving that he can make his own solo bangers.
I can honestly say this album plays through without anything I would really skip, but in my opinion a few really stand out; Gamebreaker featuring Earl Sweatshirt, Till The Angels Come Featuring Freddie Gibbs and Prodigy, and Elimination Chamber Featuring Earl Sweatshirt.
Go cop the tape, it’s free!