Gotta love a blog called “Beer and Rap”. Simple and plain, love it. They posted videos of “War Talk” and “Show My Ass”, and had this to say about Dominique:
Didn’t know anything about this girl from Tampa until SXSW when my wife asked me to go see her perform. The girl can rap, “War Talk” probably is one of the better examples but I don’t know her shit so I didn’t know what song to check for some straight rap shit but live she busted out some fast rap steez that was impressive. Anyways peep game because apparently only websites that don’t like rap have posted about her.
One my favorite write-ups about Dominique so far came last year from Keem All Hippies:
It doesn’t get much better than this. 18-year-old Dominique Young Unique is dropping sick bangers dripping with swagger and spitfire rapping just in time for warmer weather and outdoor boomboxes.
Sick bangers + boomboxes!!!!! Love it.
Unique dishes out a frenzied, stutter-stepping electro-hop sound that’s more kinetic than a neon carnival. And she’s definitely one to watch. After performing in March at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, Unique seems positioned to pick up where Tampa freak-rap pioneers Yo Majesty left off. Teamed up with Yo Majesty’s producer David Alexander. The pair are currently working on her debut mixtape, ‘Domination: The World Is Mine’, due out in May.
Alexander brings the beats and the vibe. Unique brings the lyrics and the attitude. It’s an electric mix that has racked up innumerable raves: The Boston Phoenix called her Florida’s best new artist. Stereogum called her video for new single Show My Ass “unabashedly catchy and straight-up fun.” The Fader called her “the deffest chica from down south since like JJ Fad.” After her smash-bang set at SXSW, even Rolling Stone raved about her “indescribable, unignorable mix of Miami bass, Neptunes, French house (and) dub-punk.”
Gotta love a JJ Fad comparison + all the rave reviews! Thanks to Keem All Hippies for posting!!!!!
Knox Road wrote about Dominique + posted some tracks. They love Dominique + diss Ke$ha (oh well):
…with her most recent and best single “Show My Ass,” she has shown that she’s mature enough to fully infiltrate the music world that is just in SUCH DIRE NEED for a fresh face that isn’t the awful spawn of some corporate label (I’m looking at you Ke$ha).
…I am just PRAYING to whatever evil puppet master that controls the music scene that Dominique Young Unique gets the cred she deserves. There are few young artists who have the kind of talent she has, and what we DON’T need are any more awful young artists shoved down our throats (Ke$ha, I’m still looking at you).
We R Who We R? Too bad for Ke$ha! Here are some tracks from the post:
I love this story from The Middlebury Campus by Sarah Pfander, a student who really wanted to go to the show, but didn’t end up going, because “the unthinkable happened”. Here’s an excerpt:
I bought my ticket for Dominique Young Unique in a fit of gung-ho, event-attending initiative. And, even though it was a Friday night concert and I could have easily convinced myself that I had more important things to do (and by do I mean drink), I was actually quite excited to go to this show. As way of explanation, just know that her hit single is called “Show My Ass,” and either solidarity with that sentiment or general admiration for her badass-ness convinced me that this was a chick I needed to see live.
So, Friday rolls around and I’m in that situation where you have loosely-made plans with a great number of people and concrete plans with no one. A night welcomed for its great potential but simultaneously feared for its inherent ability to provide you with disappointingly little to do. And then, the unthinkable happened…
I don’t get how so much blame is put on the phone not working, but yep, that’s why she missed the show. Anyway, in the end she learns her lesson:
Discussion the following day confirmed my fears. Dominique Young Unique put on a great show…..she pranced around stage, invited students up to dance, and showed everyone a good time. I wish I could have gone. I wish even more that my phone were currently working. And most of all, I wish that I knew how to attend the events I want to attend without satellite connections and a confirmed group of friends in tow.
Here’s a write-up Pitchfork did for Dominque’s first mixtape, Domination:
Tampa, Fla., MC Dominique Young Unique dropped her whirling dervish of a new mixtape, Domination, on an unsuspecting Internet public today. You can grab the whole shebang right here, and hit up the frantic, style-schizo “Blaster” below. (viaFader)
UPDATE: The link in the Pitchfork blurb no longer works! Here’s where you can download Domination: