Dom Kennedy chops it up with HHW to talk music, life and family …
HHW caught up with the West Coast spitter on the Houstn stop of his current tour. Here are a few excerpts from our interview from earlier this month:
HHW: Tell us about longevity. So many rappers have come and gone – what does it take to remain in the game?
DOM: You gotta let some trends pass. You gotta know that you can’t be with every trend, you know what I’m sayin’? I think that’s where alotta people go wrong at. It’s hard for some people to feel like they not the hottest person at that moment, and that can throw you off guard but just being consistent at what you do is irreplaceable.
HHW: In an earlier interview you spoke about the title representing the pitfalls that claim a lot of Los Angeles youth. To what do you attribute your success in avoiding those mistakes?
DOM: I would just say having male role models, really. I had my dad, uncles and cousins who really kinda formulated the man that I am today. At some level they all gave me some kind of advice or I just watched them be an example, and that helped me to kind of stay away from letting where I come from be the end.
HHW: Loyalty is big for you. There was an interview where you said you would only sign to a major if the situation was right for both you and the artists you have. Explain the importance of loyalty, particularly in the rap game.
DOM: It’s easy to get offered a lot of things you never had before and forget, or kick it with new people in different towns and different girls. All of that is cool, but what I’ve seen a lot of people find out is once you lose all of that, those people don’t want you no more. Where do you go back to? Because you can’t go back to the people you left. So my thing is I know where I’m going, and it’s more important to me to take some people with me. Not everybody. But take some people with me that I know will stand with me.
Catch the full interview in the latest issue of HHW, on newsstands now!