Dom: [They] don’t have somebody going all in for [them]. Most of these niggas got a nigga in NY in their back pocket that’s telling them to change their shit, you know what I’m saying? Or they’re trying to influence them, "It’s too much of this" or "This is cool and this is cool, but it needs to be like this and this." That’s weak to me. I look for niggas like Chip Tha Ripper cause he’s a Cleveland nigga. At the end of the day, if we all die, niggas could not say that Chip Tha Ripper did nobody else, but Chip Tha Ripper. You can’t say that for 99 out of 100 of these niggas. My thing is when people say Dom Kennedy's music reminds them of L.A., I wanna do that 100 percent because at the end of the day that’s all I am.
Complex: Where are you with Westside 2?
Dom: I got a couple of things written and I got a lot of ideas. But when I have a lot of ideas and everything, it all just falls into place. That’s how I work. So in my mind I’m almost done. Recording wise, I’m like 10-15 percent. But it will be out like soon—late April.
Complex: Do you feel like you were slighted for XXL’s 2011 freshman cover?
Dom: If it would have been last year, I probably would’ve been mad. But, I’m in a different space in life. The day that the new cover came out, every time I refreshed my [Twitter] page it was 300 mentions about that shit. I was at the Fox Hills Mall taking pictures with kids and signing autographs. You can’t really take something away from somebody that they deserve or that people feel like they deserve. It wasn’t a slap in my face. It’s [really] a slap in the face to kids that come up to me like, "I can’t believe that I’m actually talking to you. Can you take a picture with me?"
What niggas fail to realize is that what Dom Kennedy represents is that "Inner-city, do it yourself, I can make it happen" shit. So when they see things like that—[someone] they know who deserves something but didn’t get it—it discourages them. It’s like one of them feelings where the world ain’t fair type of shit. It’s hard for me to feel bad for myself because I’m doing what I love to do. I’m in a good position. I feel like I’m making the best music I ever wanted to make and I can’t be mad.
Complex: And if they come calling next year?
Dom: I don’t know. Nobody owes nobody shit. I don’t owe them nothing. I can be like, ‘Fuck y’all’ and they could be like, ‘Fuck me.’ But either way, their shit doesn’t have nothing to do with my shit and my shit don’t have nothing to do with they shit. I feel good about the fact that it’s not gonna stop nothing regardless. If anything, it might have worked in my favor. I’m sure I got more people saying, "That’s fucked up that Dom’s not on there" than a lot of niggas probably got, "Congratulations, you on there."
Complex: But would you accept an offer to be on the cover next year?
Dom: That would be pointless. I would be spitting on my own face. It’s cool to fuck up, if niggas say they didn’t feel like I was the nigga I could live with that. I know a lot of people probably feel that way. That’s cool. I'm gonna just try my best to make niggas just admit they were wrong.