Artist Spotlight: Dom Kennedy
Last week, hip hop fans all over the Web were presented with Dom Kennedy’s latest mixtape, From The Westside With Love. As an up-and-coming artist not signed to a major label, many people were wondering: Who’s Dom Kennedy and what’s his deal? Hit the jump to find out more.
Dom Kennedy is a rapper from Los Angeles claiming Leimert Park as his neighborhood. Dom fell in love with rapping and music at the age of 12, when he would walk around his house freestyling and showcasing his music to his mother, and anyone else who would listen.
In 2008, he dropped his first mixtape entitled 25th Hour. After gaining an attractive number of fans, Dom released two more mixtapes in 2009: Future Street / Drug Sounds and Best After Bobby. Here’s the video for the song “Watermelon Sundae” off of 25th Hour.
Dom’s raps, lyrics, and sound recall the laid-back, smooth vibes L.A. is best known for. Check out a recent interview with Ashley Outrageous.
During the interview Dom talked about From The Westside With Love. After many listens, it’s clear Dom has room to improve the crafting of his songs to increase their universal appeal to fans of other genres. At the same time, he marks his ground and leaves his own stamp with a unique flow over creative, relaxed beats. Take some time to preview tracks off From The Westside With Love:
Love The Future
A Leimert Park Song