Review: Dom Kennedy In London
On Tuesday April 1, US rapper Dom Kennedy and his army of loyal fans descended upon North London’s renowned venue ‘The Garage’ to rock the house on the UK leg of his ‘Get Home Safely’ European tour. Amongst the revellers, The Wrap Up were in the house to witness the show...
As the doors opened the venue was abuzz with energy as fans, supporters and lovers of Dom eagerly waited for the show to kick off. Before the headliner hit the stage, we were treated to a short but sweet set from the opening act, Negash Ali. During his explosive set, Ali amped the crowd with his songs before US wordsmith Krondon hit the stage - getting us all in a raucous mood. During his set, Krondon took us on a journey back to when he first came to London aged 17. Performing some of his old school material, including ‘Criminal Arm’ before bringing out one of UK’s very own – S.A.S. (Mayhem and Mega) to spit some bars, which got the crowd even more fired up.
DJ Drewbyrd kept the crowd hyped with a back-to-back mix of West Coast tracks prior to LA rapper, Kennedy hitting the stage. Shortly after, the Leimert Park rapper stormed the stage performing ‘Dominic’ which got us all in the mood to party.
Once the opening track started, everyone’s camera phones flew up into the air and the roof was raised. From there on, I knew that this night would be one to remember with Dom belting out old school hits such as ‘My Type of Party’, ‘Gold Alpinas’ and more from his infamous mixtape ‘Yellow Album’. At this point he didn’t even have to rap, as everyone in the crowd rapped along to his songs, word for word. After a trip down memory lane we were brought right up to the present with tracks from ‘Get Home Safely’, including one of my personal faves, ‘Honey Buns’ with Krondon.
The night ended with Dom Kennedy rapping an acapella from his song ‘The 5 Year Theory’, and signing T-shirts, CDs, trainers and a whole lot more for his fans before closing the night.
Words: Mobolaji (@Mobolaji_)
Online edit: Jason (@Jason_MVM)