L.A.'s Dom Kennedy exudes the familiar West Coast aloofness from days of hip-hop yore, with hints of Ice Cube and DJ Quik baked into his latest, the almost self-titled project By Dom Kennedy. With a gifted ear for quality production that appealingly latches onto aspirational, reflective rhymes about the second and third acts of getting put on as a rapper, Dom Kennedy invites you into the world of a mid-tier artist moving through the ranks.On his past projects, Dom played the role of the reactionary, betting on placid L.A. flows that starkly contrasted with the enveloping swag-trap perspectives erupting from Atlanta.
Dom Kennedy, the independent rapper who reps the Leimert Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, is a summertime rapper. He makes music to ride around and waste gas to. His latest album, By Dom Kennedy, is more of what you've come to expect from him—bouncy West Coast soul paired with unflappable rhymes—but that's not a bad thing. It's cool for a rapper to experiment, but it's just as cool for a rapper to know his lane and not veer from it.
There’s one specific type of character that rest below the palm trees and Spanish roof tiles of Los Angeles. He’s always relaxing on the porch (or backyard), yet always manages to stay fresh and have a plethora of women. Most notably, this person is normally decked in fresh t-shirt, basketball shorts and Jordan Hydro 3s with pure white socks. Everything around this human is chill, relaxed, smooth and displays a slick cooler than all attitude.