Master Pen: Tomar Kennedy

14 Mar

"Different when the cameras on, I'm war ready" 

Hip Hop started off with emcees showing each other who was best. Keeping their pen sharp with their braggadocio rhymes that would keep other emcees at bay. The Master Pen of Burbank's own Tomar Kennedy has that feel. This emcee is sharp, raw, and has the hard lines that get your attention with every line. Tomar was gracious enough to break down his new record "On the Run" with us. Below is the interview.

Who is Tomar Kennedy?

I’m an 18 year old rapper out of Burbank, CA. I’ve been rapping since I was a kid but I’ve only been releasing music for less than a year. In the summer of 2018 I dropped my debut album “Are We Gon’ Be Okay?” 

What inspired the bar heavy lyrical approach to “On the Run”?

That’s just my sound. When I first started recording I was experimenting a lot with my approach and how my voice should sound. That heavy, gritty approach is really like a signature for me at this point. It’s where I’m most comfortable. I know it will make an incredible song. 

In your opinion what is the bar you wrote that you knew would get people’s attention and break it down?

“I’m the reason niggas in my city getting T’d up. 

Reason why your OGs working OT.” 

I knew saying something ridiculously cocky like that would get a reaction out of people. I wanted people to hear this record and think “Who the fuck does he think he is?” 

What do you think is the bar that people may sleep on listening to “On the Run” and why? 

“How you plotting on the come up whicha feet up? I ain’t never going back to the nosebleeds.” 

I feel like that bar could apply to a lot of young rappers like me. Every other day I see somebody get some buzz and just be content with it and fall off a year later. I make sure to study them in particular. I can’t afford to fuck up like they did. 

What would you rate your pen on “On the Run” 1-10? 10 being the highest?

10 hands down. It’s not the most lyrical record but it was never intended to be. “On The Run” is meant to get a reaction out of people. Whether it’s the tough and hard hitting lines, or the relentless 808s. Every drop feels like a kick to the gut. You can’t help but move when you hear it. For that it deserves a 10. 

What can people expect next from Tomar Kennedy?

People can always expect more music. I just announced my ‘MARCH MADNESS’ playlist and I’ll be updating it each week with a new song from myself. “On the Run” was only track one and the next single is dropping this weekend.

Check out Tomar Kennedy "On the Run" below and follow him on Twitter. Stay Global my Friends! 

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