Based out of Los Angeles, California, Dom Kennedy (born Dominic Hunn) is a rapper with a fiercely independent streak.
With a style that pairs terse, simple lyricism with a knack for narrative, Kennedy took inspiration from West Coast rap legends like 2Pac
and DJ Quik
and began rapping in the late 2000s, gradually building word-of-mouth buzz through several self-released mixtapes. Kennedy made his debut in 2008 with 25th Hour, followed by Future Street/Drug Sounds and Best After Bobby in 2009, From the Westside with Love in 2010, and The Original Dom Kennedy in 2011. By this point, he had begun touring across the United States and internationally, playing a show in Djibouti, Africa. Rather than sign on with a label, the talented MC instead decided to start his own label, the Other People's Money Company
, which he used to release his own official albums. From the Westside with Love II arrived in 2011 and was a success, hitting the Top 100 of the Billboard 200 album chart. Kennedy toured throughout the U.S. and Europe in 2012, and released mixtapes Yellow Album (which Delicious Vinyl
released on vinyl) and Young Nation, as well as the single "My Type of Party." Interscope
tried to sign Kennedy in 2013 but he insisted on remaining independent, releasing second proper album Get Home Safely by the end of the year. The album proved to be an even bigger success, hitting the Top 25 and earning critical acclaim. His third album, By Dom Kennedy, was issued in 2015 and featured production by Jake One
and DJ Dahi, among others. The following year, he released Los Angeles Is Not for Sale, Vol. 1. ~ Gregory Heaney, Rovi