malbin’s Top 10 Albums of 2013

4. Dom Kennedy – Get Home Safely

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Released via The Others People’s Money Company (Buy Here)

The skreets were starving for some new Dom Kennedy this summer, and while he didn’t deliver us his new album in the summer, it’s October 15th release was good enough for me. Although Get Home Safely might give you the impression of an album full of party anthems, the album feels like fractions of Dom Kennedy’s life pieced together for a cohesive listen where Dom made every word he said matter. Dom Kennedy isn’t going to be providing you with esoteric flows, but he will provide you with life lessons in a direct way, and you should cherish that over a banger.

While the album has a different vibe from his summer-time classic The Yellow Album, Dom Kennedy allowed The Futuristiks to provide the perfect atmosphere to make the album end up the way it did. Other producers that contributed on the project were Drew Byrd, DJ Khalil, Troy NoKa, and an uncharacteristic beat from DJ Mustard on a bonus track titled ‘Nothin’. Dom was VERY picky about the features on the album, with him staying on the West Coast and grabbing Krondon, Skeme, TeeFlii, Nipsey Hussle, and Ty Dolla $ign, and all those features were very worthwhile and can be credited for making the album be as good as it was. Dom straight paints pictures. ‘Black Bentleys’ might be one of my favorite tracks of the year with the message Dom got across in that song. But man, Dom created what felt like a movie trailer for the story he was telling in ‘South Central Love’. Watch the video below, and be amazed at what you were missing out on.