Dom Kennedy by Dom Kennedy: Our Thoughts

June 22, 2015

Dom Kennedy dropped his third studio album on June 2nd titled Dom Kennedy. Many are saying it is going to be the album of the summer, if you enjoy classic West Coast Hip-Hop than I would have to agree because the Leimart Park rapper came with the heat on this one.

If you are looking for a bunch of up-beat trap slaps, this album is unfortunately not for you. The album starts off with the track Daddy which has a beat produced by Jake One & Swiss Hunger. This track has a classic Dom Kennedy feel to it with his laid back flow while still talking shit tastefully, “Bout time you found somebody out here That’s really sayin’ something.” Throughout the album, Dom K. seems to be trying to prove a point that he is one of the best in the game.

Being one of many rappers today who is on an independent label, Dom makes sure to express that such as the line, “This could’ve been distributed by Priority [Records], instead we keepin’ all the royalties.” In this day and age with the internet, rappers have wised up and realized they don’t need major labels to reach the next level. While it’s been nearly 2 years since the rappers last album, Get Home Safely, it is clear he has been grinding in the studio to make an album that can be listened to all the way through.

My favorite track of the whole album is My First Reply (Till It’s Over). Which is one of the more upbeat songs that knocks. This track Dom talks shit on the competition and talks about his West Coast lifestyle. I am a big fan of Dom Kennedy and he has consistently put out good music for the last 10 years but still doesn’t have a whole lot of recognition in the industry. I think this album definitely solidifies him as one of the best in the game right now as an overall artist. He is not trying to sound like anyone else and doesn’t feel the need to make club bangers but instead stays in his own lane making music that is influenced by some of the greats, which is why one of his songs on the album is called, Thank You Biggie.

Today a lot of Hip-Hop seems to blend together because everyone is trying to be the next big thing so it is refreshingto hear an album such as Dom Kennedy that is a product of a truly talented artist that is making his own music and not paying attention to the competition. He has a plan for where he wants to be as an artist and he isn’t letting anyone get in the way. That's truly a FEARLESS approach!

Write-up by Stevie C.

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