February 15, 2011 The Unbiased Writer
For years, Leimert Park has been the center of the African-American arts scene in Los Angeles, with flourishing jazz clubs, and historic venues for underground Hip Hop performances. This very same place is also responsible for cultivating one of the biggest upcoming MC‘s from Los Angeles, Dom Kennedy. As the Hip-Hop music scene evolves and heads in a new direction, there are a handful of up and coming artists who understand that; Dom Kennedy is one of them. Kennedy released his debut project titled, ‘25th Hour‘ in 2008, and made a name for himself by not only co-producing the mixtape, but through promoting, and distributing the album. The album received nationwide praise, and gave music lovers the chance to explore his music which is sort of a blend of his inner thoughts and outer influences.
In response to the feedback, Dom Kennedy independently released his second project titled,’Future Street/Drug Sounds‘ in the spring of 2009. The all-original collection caught the attention of major labels, and Hip Hop fans from around the world. In the fall of that same year, Dom teamed up with the Los Angeles Leakers to produce his most recent project, titled ‘Best After Bobby.’ The mixtape created a huge buzz across the country and within the first few hours of the release received over 10,000 downloads. We recently had the chance to chat with Dom Kennedy to find out more about who he is as an artist, his upcoming projects, shows and more.


Q: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

A: Dom Kennedy. I put out my first project in 2008. I’ve drop new mixtapes every spring consistently since my debut. Working on my upcoming project, “From the Westside w/ Love 2”, might be out in a couple months. Just a regular inner city kid from LA who decided to take a chance. Decided to work hard and try and get better everyday.

Q: How have you felt about the responses you have been receiving from your mixtapes?

A: The responses have been really good. Its been really positive and I feel like the love I’ve been getting back is equal to the amount of work that I have put in. I can’t be anything but excited, it makes me keep going and want to get better and better and give more of myself to the fans.

Q: Who would you say are some of your biggest musical influences?

A: Stevie Wonder, TuPac, Biggie, Isley Brother

Q: As you know, there has been a lot of hype around your name the last year. How does it feel to be considered a part of this “new generation” of Los Angeles rappers?

A: I feel its a good thing. I feel like LA is one of the most talented places for music. Just to be a part of that is great, and I’m happy to add my little contribution to the bigger picture.

Q: As far as record labels, have you been shopping your music around? Are you talking to any at the moment?

A: You can say that, but right now I’m independent. I have my own publishing company OPM (Other Peoples Money). I’m taking the more independent self made approach.

Q: We see that you will be performing along Nipsey Hussle & E-40 at the upcoming Paid Dues Music Festival. Are you excited for the show?

A: I got a chance to perform last year at the Paid Dues festival for the first time, and had a few people know my music but now its a little different. Its gonna be exciting to see the growth from last year, and be able to compare. I look forward to seeing more fans that know my music. It was a great show last year and I’m excited to take the stage this year.

Q:  Lastly, what can our readers expect to see from you in 2011?

A: From the Westside w/ Love 2 album. Looking to put together a real nationwide tour, possibly hit up all the cities. I will probably be involved with some more festivals this summer so keep a look out for that. I also want to travel around the world more. Just new music, new shows, and basically a new chapter.

Be sure to keep an eye out for Dom Kennedy in 2011. You can check out his music video, along with some sample tracks below. You can also follow him on twitter @DOPEITSDOM . Be sure to let us know what you think!

“Locals Only”- Dom Kennedy

“It Was Beatiful”- Dom Kennedy

Written by Oren Wilkes



  1. Blow

    Yeah Dom Kennedy is the next great to come up in Los Angeles Fasho ! I been putting all my friends on his Music lately after hearing that 1997 song ( thats my shit too ) ! And From The Westside with Love was one of the best mixtures on the Westcoast ! Keep up the good work Bruh !!!! I cant wait to here from The Westside With Love 2 i now its gone be another classic !

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