Dom Kennedy, the independent rapper who reps the Leimert Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, is a summertime rapper. He makes music to ride around and waste gas to. His latest album, By Dom Kennedy, is more of what you’ve come to expect from him—bouncy West Coast soul paired with unflappable rhymes—but that’s not a bad thing. It’s cool for a rapper to experiment, but it’s just as cool for a rapper to know his lane and not veer from it. Dom is one of the best at staying the course, and in turn, he’s built a nice fan base. Where T.D.E. and Nipsey Hussle give us the streets of L.A. from a more sociopolitical point of view, Kennedy gives us the other side of Southern California, the side with BBQs, girls, and fly shit. Play this album on the way to fuck up some commas.

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