Father Dom

Father Dom

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Father Dom was among the many rappers who came out of Oakland's hip-hop scene, but on his self-titled debut album, the MCs he brings to mind are Long Island natives and EPMD members Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith. Like EPMD, Dom combines a relaxed, deadpan style of rapping with tough-minded lyrics--he doesn't hesitate to let the "sucker MCs" know how little he thinks of them. However, it's easy to tell Dom and EPMD apart; Dom's tracks tend to be more jazz-influenced, and his boasting and dissing isn't as clever as EPMD's. Though the Northern Californian is a likable rapper, this album is one-dimensional and unimaginative -- after you've heard the first few tracks, you've pretty much heard it all. Variety is something that Dom's debut could have used a lot more of.

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