Label: The Other Peoples Money Company

Get Home Safely doesn't attempt to adjust the story of the Dom Kennedy, the laid-back Leimert Park-born rapper. He isn't attempting to wow anyone with rhyme schemes, instead opting to use his skills to tell the story of the L.A. neighborhood that he holds dear to his heart. Get Home Safely comes a year after his critically acclaimed free project, The Yellow Album, and it continues in the vein of that project: vintage-sounding production (courtesy of producers The Futuristiks) behind Dom's cool, conversational flow. Rhymes about people, places and products that mean something to him.

The Dom Kennedy experience is defined by the best song on the new album, the sublime "Erica Part 2." A woozy ode to the titular Erica (whom Dom met in America), catchy enough to stay in your head for for days, it teaches us all about a time where things were simple. Get Home Safely is free of the bell and whistles, it succeeds in just being itself. —Justin Davis