Today in Hip Hop History: October 15, 2013
Los Angeles based rapper Dom Kennedy released his second studio album, Get Home Safely, through his own record label, Other People’s Money, in 2013. The album was a follow up to his previous album, From the Westside with Love II, which he had released on iTunes in 2011. Get Home Safely features production from Archie Davis, DJ Mustard, DJ Tech, The Futuristiks, Troy Noka and several others. It also features vocals from Skeme, Krondon, TeeFLii and Nipsey Hussle.
Without compromising his own music and sound, Dom Kennedy wanted to reach a larger audience with Get Home Safely. His hard work and methodical production of the album as a whole became the most refined project in his discography. To complete the DIY method to his success, Dom announced that the album would be sold to retailers iTunes and Best Buy independently through his record label. He then went on the “Get Home Safely Tour” a few months after the independent release of the album in order to further promote it.
Get Home Safely received fairly good reviews from critics due to Dom’s laid back flow and effortless effervescence. His ability to re-surge the chill West Coast vibes of decades gone gives Dom the element of nostalgic contemporary music; similar to that of Joey Bada$$, but Los Angeles vibes instead of New York. The album peaked at #23 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and #4 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart. XXL Magazine placed it at #12 on its list of best albums of 2013, and Complex ranked it at #48 on their list of the 50 best albums of 2013. The laid back album remains perfect to bump in the ride on a warm and sunny day.