After about a half hour delay, From the Westside With Love II finally released on iTunes at around 12:30 am this morning. Dom’s newest mixtape costs $6.99 and I’ll be honest, there’s not an artist alive right now that I’m happier to shell out money for than Dom. I really respect his grind and his approach to his music and his image, and this marks his first mixtape available for purchase out of the six total he has released.
I’m still on track 15 out of 17 as I’m writing this, so I’m not quite ready to do a full review. I will say that what I’ve heard so far….is simply amazing. Dom has spoken a great deal about this project and the work that has gone into it, and that work is not going to go unnoticed.I already know I’m going to be bumping Westside II all summer long, and I’m not getting in the car unless I have it all ready to go on my iPod.
As is similar with all his past projects, Dom provides an extremely diverse collection of music on the mixtape, and there really is something for everyone even if you’re not a huge Dom fan like I am.
I’m going to try and do an in-depth review of the mixtape as a whole sometime tomorrow, but for now, here’s a few of what I would consider to be standout tracks (subject to change – some songs grow on me, some fade, some remain the same, you know how it goes):
Dom’s Prayer – The first song on Westside II, and I couldn’t imagine a better way to open. If I was excited to listen through the tape before I downloaded it, I was ten times more excited after this track began to play. The beat is uptempo but relaxing at the same time, and Dom assures that “I ain’t got much time to waste, these dreams I’m always tryna chase, makin money off of rhymes is great, but when I’m out I gotta hide my face.”
She Ain’t In Love
Money Don’t Stop
New Jeeps – Great verse spit by Asher Roth – solid feature is a pleasant surprise.
Graduation – Once again, Dom closes out with a very chill, lyrical track. He did the same with “Me Again” (my all-time favorite Dom song) on From the Westside With Love as well as with “When You See Love” on The Original Dom Kennedy. “A helicopter every night, can’t dream out here, damn it feel good to say I did my thing out here…”
I’ll post some songs as they become available on YouTube later in the day, but for now, hit up iTunes and cop Westside II because you’re doing yourself a disservice if this isn’t pumping through your headphones right now.