Dominique Young Unique
Genre: Hip-Hop, Rap, Urban Rap, R’n’BActive: 2009 - Present
Dominique Young Unique has no intention of blending in. True to her name, the Tampa Bay rapper has a style and sound of her own: rapid-fire rhymes delivered with attitude over up-tempo, ground-shaking club beats made to get you moving. Her ability to flow between EDM, hip-hop, club beats and pop, and her fascination for music keeps her chasing the right sounds for her art, never allowing genre barriers to curtail her inspiration.
Born Dominique Lashawn Clark and raised in one of Tampa’s roughest neighborhoods, the infamous Robles Park projects, she was precocious from the get-go and from that concrete grew a rose. Dominique first found music at age 7, singing in her grandmother’s church choir. With the support of her mother and stepfather, Dominique began getting serious about her music. That musical passion would evolve into hip-hop ambition once she discovered envelope-pushing artists like Missy Elliott as a preteen. During a difficult period for her family when Dominique was 15 and her family was evicted, forced to sleep in a car or stay with relatives, she began going to the local studio.
Chameleon-like and always reaching for new horizons, she began to model when Kanye West hand-picked her to walk in Katie Eary’s London 2011 Fashion Show. Shortly after that she signed a recording contract with Sony Music U.K. and initiated collaborations with Mad Decent signed producer BRANKO and with A.N.D.Y., with whom she recorded “Pushing.” In 2012, she joined forces with DJ Fresh and performed on his hit “Earthquake” along with Diplo. “Earthquake” was released by the powerhouse Ministry of Sound and Dominique made her debut performance with DJ Fresh at the international Electric Daisy Carnival festival. The hit song premiered as Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record In The World on BBC Radio 1 and garnered over 37 million YouTube views. It became a top five single on U.K. singles charts and was featured in the blockbuster movie Kick Ass 2. Anna Wintour then invited her to appear in Vogue’s September 2012 issue alongside supermodels Cara Delevingne and Tali Lennox.
Dominique went on to collaborate with Le Youth for their hit “Dance With Me” which became a Top 10 single in the U.K.. She followed it up with her debut single “Throw It Down” – described as a “speedy but seamless mash-up of dance, electro and trap,” by Wonderland Magazine. The catchy track continues to be used in movie trailers, TV commercials and several TV shows.
Adaptable and genre-fluid, Dominique demonstrated her chameleon quality again when she teamed up with the Eastern European duo Bang Le Deck on their club hit, “Utopia.” The hi-energy track was featured on the soundtrack for the TV show Power and was featured in the EA Games’ FIFA 2015. The buzz she created in Europe with her high-profile collaborations and single led her to perform at top festivals – including the Wireless Festival in London and the Ultra Festival in Miami- among super star artists such as N.E.R.D., Big Boi, Gucci Mane and Die Antwoord.
In 2016, she decided to make a move stateside, bringing her versatile style back to the U.S., and was one of the first artists to sign with the newly formed record label The Hana Road Music Group. Dominique continues to showcase her frenetic musical aesthetic while inviting listeners into her personal tales. The electro-pop lead single “Karate” features Mandy Jiroux, the multitalented DJ, singer dancer, actor, choreographer most known for co-developing The Miley and Mandy Show with Miley Cyrus.
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Dominique Young Unique ft. Mandy Jiroux - Karate (Official Video)