Dom Kennedy - From the Westside With Love II

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On his first major release From The Westside With Love, Part II Dom Kennedy is poised to blaze the mainstage, while staying true to the streets of Leimart Park.

With love on my mind and fire in my heart, they can never take us apart...

From its inception, West Coast Hip Hop has been known for providing chill out soundtracks. Anything Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre is the epitome of a summertime drive - mind on the money and money on the mind. Leimart Park's own Dom Kennedy has been a longtime contributor to the summer breeziness of West Coast music. His latest album, From The Westside With Love, Part II, is his first official release on iTunes.

From The Westside... opens with “Dom's Prayer,” on which he prays for safety and family, in addition to forgiveness for fornication. The track closes with a dreamlike acapella interlude and a haunting refrain: “Catch me when I fall.” He delivers a laid back Cali flow on “Grind'in,” juggling the paper chase with the corner stoop chill out.

The album shines when it takes an old school turn. “When I Come Around” has an Alexander O' Neal and Cherrelle's “Saturday Love” (pre-BET Awards, of course) flow. The carefree vibe recalls Friday, as Ice Cube and Chris Tucker sit on the porch, watching Nia Long run by. “O.P.M.” also has rollerskating jam groove to it, as Dom provides the definition of a true budget baller: “We spending O.P.M., Other People's Money.” He takes a cue from Snoop's “Sensual Seduction” on “The Ways.” The hand clap beat perks up the track, making it a potential club hit.

No summer album would be complete without some songs for women. On “Come Over,” Dom spits his game: “11 minus 1, yeah she a dime for real.” With “She Ain't In Love,” the gold diggers get the ultimate kiss-off. But those are probably the girls who would rock the “I Love Dom” tattoo he encourages on the mellow-laced track. “Dream To Me” samples Anita Baker's “Angel,” an ode to dream girls and perhaps his first true love, the stage.

The album's guest appearances are highlights. “New Jeeps” features crafty guest verses from Asher Roth and The Cool Kids' Mikey Rocks. On “2 mph,” Dom gets some assistance from Big K.R.I.T.: “2 miles per hour, so everybody sees me.”

On his first major release, From The Westside With Love, Part II, Dom Kennedy is poised to blaze the mainstage, while staying true to the streets of Leimart Park.

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31 Comments

  • Rolive

    WESTCOAST CLASSIC!!!

  • Jonathan

    This album is at the least 4 stars. Listen to it a few times. It's good from start to finish. It's CA music. And I like the way Dom arranged the tracks. In an interview he mentioned that the album begins on a Friday morning and ends on a Monday morning.

  • Run P.

    Ehh...I was expecting a lot more from Dom this time around, and I'd only say this joint was a disappointment because of this project is the sequel to his most well received mixtape. He don't need to be the most lyrical cuz he's clever, witty, and real. That being said, Dom's still a work in progress with some real ass lyrics. He reminds me of Too $hort and for perspective is like a Big K.R.I.T. of the West Coast. There are only a couple of standout tracks like "Platinum Chanel" (FIRE), "Dom's Prayer", "The Ways", and "Ice Cream Truck". He's def. showing hella range and knows what he's doing, but some of these joints sound like classics that are simply irreplaceable. I ain't mad, but I'm waiting for something consistent that is his own sound like "In Memory of", "1997", "Locals Only", "CDC" etc... This joint he did with Cardo is a recycled version of Wiz' "Mezmerize" and Dom's nicer than that. This joint is a 3 because the 1st from the Westside was like a 4.

  • Joshua LaBranche

    mom call me dom girl i smash like it a pumpkin

  • sandra O

    i'm afraid you have misspelled Leimert Park. I've had this album on heavy rotation. It definitely has a good summer vibe to it.

  • west side

    this dude got a slow and boring flow i don't see what everyone's talking bout no lyrics at all

  • The Rane

    Ever since hearing "Tell Her" by Dom I was hooked...To date my favorite work by Dom has to by "Future Street/Drug Sounds" I wouldnt mind hearing a few more tracks like "Menace Beach" and "Hard Work" on future releases tho Much love to Dom!

  • Samurai

    I hate the way the author describes the songs the shits corny. Give my nigga dom his due or you just gota be a smoove player to groove to it. i guess if you didnt like it, you dont get it. Just light your best shit to it.

  • Christian Schicke

    The guy who calls himself mceiht is a fuckin retarded asshole !

  • MCEIHTCOMPTONSMOSTWANTED

    Some of the beats are nice , his raps sound like wiz khalifa . Grind N = A WHIZ KHALIFA SOUND A LIKE SONG . BE ORIGINAL MY NIGGA . with that said it nice to hear some new westcoast artist 2.5 stars

  • yukckmouth

    Smooth is gay.

  • Ben Hopkins

    Album is too smoove

  • rob

    Kendrick Lamar has made this guy a what-if.

  • yup

    I love what this is doing, he is an amazing flow imo, yeah sure he dosen't have the most complicated lyrics, but it works to his advantge. I like his laid back simple lyrcs he has the right charisma to pull it off. And again just think this guys has a great flow.

  • Maxwell Harkness

    lol Dom Kennedy has managed to fool the blog community into thinking hes anything but a moderately talented rapper with no charisma. I am impressed to say the least, but his music is still boring as fuck.

  • SpikeSpiegel

    Nice, chill, laid-back vibes. 5 stars easy.

  • Jack Merridew

    :yawn: sorry I felt asleep during the first 2 seconds of the album

  • ps

    That song with videoclip righ here is pretty weak

  • dougs

    Nowhere near as good as previous dom.. I cant say theres a single song that i would consider 'good'.

  • jacob

    Love this album. Dom can split them rhymes.

  • Uncle Ruckus

    Great album. Don't go in listening to this expecting something lyrical. Dom Kennedy makes smooth, cool ass, original, summertime music. With that said: 5/5

    • Mark Anthony Harris

      Which is the idea. I don't know why people are feeling a certain type of way. The music he is making...he is mastering his lane. The same way that Curren$y mastered his lane of high'd up raps that cover so much lyrical dexterity....Dom is mastering "cool-nukka-chill-Cali-music".

  • Smitts

    This nigga cd is dope as hell!! Dont sleep on him

  • Portteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    5/5.

  • Eddy.

    It's a 4 for me, a lot of originality in his rhyming and it's smooth as fuck, he should sign with JETS.