Live DC: Dominique Young Unique @ DC9 | Sep 2, 2010 | 9:30AM |

all photos: Priscilla Ledesma
all words: Robb Scott

Hailing from Tampa Bay, Florida, the dynamite MC Dominique Young Unique made her presence known Tuesday night at DC9. Mixing a bratty attitude, reminiscent of acts like Kid Sister and Lil’Mama, with the rough beats of dub step and house to create what can only be described as music to ‘werq’ to. Or if that’s not your style, please make room on the dance floor.


Opening the show was DC native Sm City who brought along a live band and an entourage of fellow MCs and vocalists to help set the tone. Despite a thin audience, Sm City and his crew committed 100 percent to putting on a show; impromptu jam session and all.


Next on deck was another local artist, Ardamus–bringing a humor to his set that was very much needed. Proving he’s an artist that doesn’t mind sharing the spotlight, he too invited various MCs he’s collaborated with over time. With so many people coming and going from the stage, keeping up with who’s who became quite the challenge.


The show really got underway, however, when Dominique took the stage. Stepping out strong, dropping bar after bar of lyrical fire. With tracks like ‘Show My Ass’ and ‘Hot Girl’, Dominique establishes herself as a strong, budding female voice. Girlfriend doesn’t rap about being someone’s sidekick or arm candy, she stands out as a diva not to be crossed.


Despite only being 18 years old, the girl can most definitely command attention. The crowd seemed genuinely into Dominique as she pumped, stomped, and gyrated around the stage. I went in thinking her age would somehow show in her stage presence, but she proved me very wrong.


Disappointing though was the turn-out for the show; a high energy act like Dominique Young Unique requires a lot of crowd participation, and with a set not lasting more than half an hour or so, the Tampa lady left much to be desired. Miss Unique is indeed what her name claims her to be, and I’m sure everyone in attendance is now looking to see where she takes this thing called a career. Be sure to download her mix tape, Domination, available for free on the artist’s myspace:

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Recent Comments:
  • Bradley says:

    I get that she’s got the brat girl thing going on, but seriously every song was “I am awesome in various ways.” Such potential! Step it up, Unique!

  • okee dokey says:

    another young singer trying to get attention by showing her ass… what a surprise.
    I wish music would go back to being about music.

  • Robb S says:

    Priscila doesn’t mess around, these pics are SO legit!

  • cale Cale says:

    great photos!

  • joel says:

    yeah, these are amazing photos. it’s so hard to shoot at dc9–how’d you make this happen?

  • Steven Steven says:

    Awesome article Rob! I”m pissed I missed this show…

    • Vuong says:

      thanks for your lolvey comment, made me well up Thanks to all you guys for the positive praise of Shellas work. She was amazing on the day and the most relaxed and fun person to do this with. We are both incredibly self conscious and hate being photographed but right from the start Shella made us so relaxed (we could even pretend to pee in a corner) We cant wait for our big day with her and I know her work will look incredible. Mike and Jan x

  • Photog of that nite says:

    thanx peeps for diggin’ the pix!
    I had to do this w/ my ESPECIAL sepia majic cuz the lighting is pretty weird at DC9.
    Short show but pretty descent
    get at me