|Photo by Mark N. Kartarik|
with Skeme and ThatGuySoda
Monday, February 3, 2014
Dom Kennedy is a Los Angeles hip-hop artist attempting to uphold and stem outward from a classic West Coast gangsta ethic and sound, and a string of mixtapes and studio albums led to a rise in sales and presence on the charts. A recent interview with Forbes Magazine regarding his success as an independent artist was certainly good press for his latest offering, Get Home Safely
, but the music had been consistently strong enough for years to speak for itself.See Also: Slideshow: Dom Kennedy at the Cabooze, 2/3/14
DJ Enferno opened the night with a long set of material, spinning stuff like Migos, French Montana, and new Jay Z, chiming in every once in a while to either hype the audience or say something lewd. It was still early in the night but the place was already teeming with people, many in the very front who were already giving a good amount of their energy to cheering and dancing. When local opener ThatGuySoda came forward with a set of inspirational Northside rap, the audience vibed along but felt a little impatient for the main event. But tracks like "Midnight and Paris" and "RICHASFUCK" played well and geared people up for the night.
|Photos by Mark N. Kartarik|
The crowd stayed steady in motion for Skeme, a gruff Inglewood rapper with a barking pop sensibility that carried a full set of strong songs. The better-known "T.O." with Problem and DJ Mustard amped up the room as most people seemed to know the call and response chorus, and Skeme managed to work the crowd even when they weren't totally familiar with the material. His was a good introductory set to highlight the night's West Coast lean, taking on a range of street productions with a distinct punch. DJ Enferno returned yet again after Skeme's set, stalling as still more people began to fill the room.
Finally, when Dom Kennedy hit the stage, people were ready. The energy in the room profoundly increased with opener "Dominic," which immediately established Dom as a formidable live presence. There's a tinge of laid-back smoothness in Dom's flow on record, but live the confidence shines through to highlight a new dimension on the work.