43. Dom Kennedy "My Type of Party"
Album: Yellow Album
Producer: DJ Dahi
Label: Other People's Money
Dom Kennedy's "My Type of Party" is the platonic ideal of a great Dom Kennedy song. His rap style is simple, basic—a casual, conversational approach that owes a debt to Too $hort. His production choices are unique, sounding at once pop and slightly desiccated, as if they were about to disintegrate at any minute.
"My Type of Party," with an instantly memorable synthesizer line courtesy of underrated producer DJ Dahi, is an exemplar. The beat manages a neat tension between cohesive and fragile. The past few years have found Dom's star grow throughout the West Coast, but it's hard to believe that with songs like this he'll remain a regional phenomenon much longer, if he hasn't already transcended that status. — DD