Rap fans, listen up: It’s time we cut the Dom Kennedy slander. With summer ‘17 approaching, we have tons of hip-hop releases from this year to add to our rotation for cookouts, lounging by the beach, and cross-country roadtrips. Drake, Future, Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, and Wale are all good contenders, but let’s not forget what Dom has done for us when the sun shines brighter. Consensus says there can only be one song of the summer, which is a difficult task to call. I’d argue, too, there can only be one MC ruling from June until the end of August. I’m betting on a sleeper prediction —
In 2016, after taking a break from press and touring to focus on his songwriting and the production aspects of his sound, Dom had some high marks for loyal fans: the debut of his Half-A-Mil group with Inland Empire’s own Hit-Boy and his own new full-length album Los Angeles Is Not for Sale, Vol. 1. Released in December, both projects went largely unnoticed mainly due to the spotlight on new albums from Childish Gambino, Ab-Soul, Post Malone, Gucci Mane, Kid Cudi, and Run the Jewels. It also didn’t help Dom’s cause that fans were skeptical from the get-go after Best After Bobby 2, a follow-up to his stronger first installment that had him stumbling on instrumentals by Dr. Dre, Jay Z and Beyonce, and really, just sounding uninspired.