Following the commercial success of Kendrick Lamar’s debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ The Heist—both of which have been certified platinum by the RIAA—Kennedy said he feels like “a lot of the younger artists are taking it farther.”
“I think it’s been a long time coming; a lot of work in progress,” he said during his interview with DJ Skee. “I feel like the West Coast music is on top right now. To the mainstream, consciousness, you have Kendrick [Lamar], ScHoolboy [Q], Macklemore from Seattle, [Washington]. When you’re talking about Hip Hop, those are the people for the next five years.”
Nipsey Hussle credits West Coast Hip Hop’s success to artists unwilling to chase new trends. “I think if you stay down, you’re gonna come up on everything,” the Crenshaw rapper said. “I think everybody just stayed down, stayed doing what they was doing. They didn’t jump on trends. They stuck with what was more true to them.”
Nipsey Hussle’s Crenshaw mixtape is scheduled for an October 8 release.
Dom Kennedy’s Get Home Safely album is scheduled for an October 15 release.