Dom Kennedy isn’t your typical L.A. rapper. He doesn’t flash gang signs and he doesn’t carry a red or blue rag. However, he does have the ears of hip-hop fans from Watts to Brooklyn—and beyond.
As an Indy artist, the Leimert Park native developed his own cult following with a string of mixtapes and album since 2008. Combining lyrics that focus mostly on the best perks of the California lifestyle: promiscuous women., good weed and house parties that rock all night long has gained him a loyal fanbase. Through his own company O.P.M. (Other People’s Money), Dom also inked his very own deal with Best Buy. For the first time, the mega chain picked up his newly released album, Get Home Safely, but that didn’t come without a very crucial hiccup. One week before the album’s scheduled Oct. 15 release date, Best Buy locations put the project on sale without warning.
“Shout out to Best Buy, that’s all I can say right now,” Dom tells VIBE. “I was a little shocked and thrown off, eating Breakfast in L.A., when people started tweeting me about the album.”
Kennedy was actually at his home and found out when fans started rabidly tweeting him about the release, but he isn’t letting the misfire break his spirits. “The music is going to stand up for me,” Dom says with confidence.
Fans and critics alike are already giving the album much praise. Like the majority of his material, Get Home Safely strictly features production from the home team—The Futuristics, Drewbyrd, DJ Khalil, 1500 or Nothin.
Watch Dom break his album down below: