Dom Kennedy is one of the leaders of the New West. I first heard about him last year when I heard his song “1997” off his critically acclaimed mixtape “From The We$tside With Love”. Here’s a little more info on Dom Kennedy.
Kennedy released his debut mixtape album 25th Hour in 2008, instantly producing a buzz throughout the south side of L.A. In particular, the song “Watermelon Sundae” was widely played on local radio stations and performed live throughout the area, bringing more attention to Kennedy’s music ambitions.
After his 25th Hour debut, Kennedy released 2 additional mixtapes in 2009; Best After Bobby (the title referring to “Bobby” Robert Kennedy), and Future Street/Drug Sounds. For the Best After Bobby mixtape, Kennedy collaborated with West Coast heavy hitter DJ Sour Milk and the Los Angeles Leakers, producing an instant buzz in underground circles across the country.
However, with the release of From the Westside With Love in 2010, Kennedy became a major hit throughout the underground hip hop scene L.A. With the success of From the Westside With Love, Kennedy became a major player on the independent circuit, traveling for performances throughout and outside the country. In early 2011, Kennedy released his 5th studio mixtape The Original Dom Kennedy, a tape meant to reflect Kennedy’s individuality and sound as an artist.
Dom recently released his 2nd tape of the year II: From The Westside With Love available on iTunes. The 6th tape in his discography. Below are some videos and a link to his site where you can find out even more about Dom.
Definitely somebody you need to be on the lookout for.
1997 (From The We$tside With Love)
Grindin (II: From The We$tside With Love II)
Designer Shit (Original Dom Kennedy)
25th Hour (2008)
Future Street/Drug Sounds (2009)
Best After Bobby: Mixed by LA Leakers (2009)
From The Westside With Love (2010)
The Original Dom Kennedy (2011)
From The Westside With Love II (2011)