Yesterday Dom Kennedy released his latest offering, The Original Dom Kennedy, as you all know with no promotion, still having the internet in a frenzy! Complex caught up with Dom at his studio to speak on the new tape, how he feels about not being included in XXL’s freshman class this year, and his point of view on Funkmaster Flex’s unsavory comments about 2Pac. This is a great interview and once again Dom show’s how real of a person he is, even if you don’t know him personally. Below is an excerpt which happens to be my fave part. Dom is seperating himself from everyone else making him one of a kind,
Complex: So what do you want people to walk away feeling and thinking after hearing Original Dom for the first time?
Dom: I want them to walk away thinking, “Damn, that nigga did it again.” It’s like I’m coming back to school. A lot of these niggas leave the last day in June and come back in September with the same outfit on, the same hair cut. Me, I’m coming back in the fall with everything different. It would have been easy for me to just recreate From the Westside, With Love. But then it’s like my shit would have been watered down. If somebody takes your shit and then add water to it, by the time it comes back to you it’s not even the same thing no more. I can’t even do my own shit. So with the Original Dom Kennedy it’s kind of like it’s a different cup, a different drink.
There’s no way that a Big Sean or J. Cole could have made these songs. It’s no similarities between Leimart Park and where Wale from. I don’t want anybody to hear our music and think that we could have rode bikes together.
My plan was to make this shit so distinctive that after Original Dom Kennedy comes out, if anybody trying to do anything close to what these songs sound like, niggas is gonna be like, ‘You can’t do that, that sound like the Dom Kennedy song.’ With [Original Dom] you can’t say that. There’s no way that a Big Sean or J. Cole could have made these songs. That’s what I’m most proud of. It’s a way that we do things, the way we live, and the way we grew up that nobody should be able to touch. Like, we’re not friends. It’s no similarities between Leimart Park and where Wale’s from. It’s nothing. And I don’t want anybody to hear us or hear our music and think that we could have rode bikes together because we couldn’t have. That’s what I’m trying to do with my music.
Complex: On “The Homies” you address Flex’s comments regarding 2Pac by saying, “I heard that nigga Funk Flex say that Pac aint shit/And I hope when you see him that he slap yo mouth.”
Dom: I realized over this last year, just seeing how this shit works, that the reality of it is they gonna get me anyways. So if that’s the case, you might as well say what you want to say, period. I would hate to put out some shit and it wasn’t really all the way what I wanted to say. Like, what I said about Funk Flex saying that shit about 2pac, [I said], “I hope that nigga [2Pac] slap you.” If I never got the chance to say that, I’d feel wack because then I would have to be like, ‘Damn I didn’t really get that off.’ And the thing is, why? Why would I not say that? What do I have to lose? Is he not gonna play my song? He don’t play my song anyways, so really, what the fuck do it matter?
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