For a long time L.A. has been an afterthought in Hip Hop. Unlike the old west coast sound of the G-funk era, the new west coast sound is a direct by-product of the resurgence of East Coast Hip Hop in the late 90’s and the explosion of Southern Hip Hop in the 2000s, which sonically, makes for a perfectly mixed cocktail of great music, and Dom Kennedy’s Get Home Safely is a prime example of the sounds of the new west.
GHS is Dom’s second studio album off his indie label, Other People’s Money, and the ambitious MC has no plans on stopping anytime soon. He has put out an impressive catalogue of work since his 2008 debut; seven mixtapes and two studio albums. The production on GHS is mostly produced by The Futuristics, which consists of laid-back neo funk-synth driven beats that you can drive around the city to. The album isn’t bar heavy but Dom’s straightforward style doesn’t call for that. In songs like Black Bentleys, Erica Pt. 2, and After School, Dom introspectively canvasses his philosophies and life experiences. The language in GHS is actually very simple but his mature perspectives provoke thought. In 17 he raps “Back when I was 17, I had a notion/That I would see the world across the ocean/My dad be workin’ hard but he got no promotion/And he there every day, that’s devotion.”
Get Home Safely is exactly what it sounds like. It’s not as overt as the film The Hangover but the undertone of GHS illustrates the alluring reality of living the fast life in L.A. Dom Kennedy’s life is one big party. GHS is a celebratory album to life, grinding, and having fun. With the west coast experiencing a long awaited renaissance, Dom Kennedy’s footprints stand firmly cemented in this new era of fresh coast MCs.
© Copyright Eddie Savoy Bailey III, 2013
Written by: Eddie Bailey of The Savoy Media Group
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