Written By: Mike O’ Cull
Originality: (5 / 5) Vocals/Flow: (5 / 5) Lyrics: (5 / 5) Production: (5 / 5) Average: (5 / 5)
Red Corolla is rap artist Domo Genesis’ new mixtape and follow up to his impressive debut release Genesis. It’s a full-length project that showcases Domo’s intense lyrical skills dropped into the pocket of stony, spaced-out beats that exist somewhere between Martian soul of the new millennium and vintage 70s-style R&B. Sounds like a weird combo but it’s instantly addicting. Producers Hi-Tek and Stoney Willis pair up well with Domo and this set is full of unexpected magic. Features by Styles P and King Chip only add to the experience.
None of these tracks sound like any hip hop you’ve probably heard and that’s the greatest thing about Red Corolla. It’s not just a collection of club bangers with some slower stuff mixed in between but more the type of record you listen to in one sitting. It feels a lot like a soundtrack in many spots and the snippets of dialogue that are included add to the dramatic feel. This is the kind of artistically rendered and deeply soulful rap music that shows that this music still matters as a creative statement of a life lived here on Earth.
Get your head right and dive into tracks “Vintage Doms,” produced by Stoney Willis, and “The Red Corolla,” produced by Left Brain, and sail off into the ether on the atmosphere created and get your mind worked on by Genesis’ superior flow and writing ability at the same time. Resist the temptation to be modern and jump from track to track, though, as the big reward here comes from a longer listening session that gets you pulled fully into the worlds of these songs. Take this one old school, put it on, and let it play. You’ll start to realize why Domo Genesis is so highly regarded and you’ll also get a lot more of the artistry Red Corolla delivers.
Domo fans need to visit his SoundCloud page to vibe on this stuff but it’s worth the extra few clicks required to get there. Red Corolla is that album you listen to all summer and remember forever. It should do a lot to get this man more attention and raise the level of respect given him and his crew. Anyone looking for an alternative to today’s cookie-cutter scene is encouraged strongly to take it for a test drive.