Welcome to The Verge: a column dedicated to music on the edge of a breakthrough. Last week, I wrote about Brooklyn-based blog favorites Sleigh Bells. How about something a little dirtier?
Meet Dominique Young Unique, a 19-year old party rapper out of Tampa – or T-Town as she lovingly refers to it. Dominique is the protege of Yo Majesty producer David Alexander, who has signed her to his label and given her the type of bouncy bass tracks that he made for Jwl B and Shunda K. Check out the video for her standout track “Show My Ass,” which goes from club-influenced claps to some 808 electro grime.
She might not have Nicki Minaj’s skills on the mic, but she doesn’t have her idol’s stylized flow, either, instead spitting frenetic, high-energy rhymes guaranteed to get a party started. With Rye Rye missing in action, there is a void in the business for a barely legal spark plug. Dominique Young Unique just may be the “Hot Girl” we need.
Look for Dominique Young Unique’s Blaster EP this month on Art Jam, and catch her at the Feedback Dance Party at DC9 on June 12th.