UNBIASED WRITER’S QUESTION & ANSWERS WITH DOM KENNEDY
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