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'a breath of fresh air offering an unique and artistic perspective for modern day hip hop’
With skilled female MCs on what looks like an indefinite sabbatical; “it is time for a change" Ohio MC, Dominique Larue explains. Ms. Larue is definitely up for the challenge of filling the shoes of some of the all time greats. Greats, such as Queen Latifah, Lauryn Hill, and MC Lyte, all women who have shown time and time again to be competent representation for women in Hip-Hop.
Born and bred on the north side of Columbus, Ohio, Larue was greatly influenced by Gospel and R&B, but it was her older brother who introduced her to Hip Hop. Firm favorites of Larue’s included A Tribe Called Quest, Fugees, Outkast, Def Squad, and Busta Rhymes and it was in her elementary years that she realized just how influential her brothers music had actually been.Encouraged by a school friend at the tender age of 7, Larue made her first attempt at writing a rhyme. "I will never forget that day because it was the first day of the rest of my life." And although Larue does not remember the song she and her friend wrote, if it hadn‟t been for that song, she wouldn't be rapping today.
Through freestyling, Larue began to make a name for herself and at 12 she knew she was going to make a career out of her passion. Riding with the moniker Intalekt and as the only female MC in High School, Larue made sure she was in the midst of any battle or cipher. "I cherished the cipher at the lunch table because I was giving everyone a dose of what I can do and I was representing for the ladies."
After High School, Larue continued to work on music and continued performing locally to make a name for herself. After a couple of small projects, she finally put together a full length project entitled, The Feelin' Mixtape Vol. 2.0, garnering acclaim from around the world. “When I first heard D.Larue I was like whoa! On some Black Rob ish...her cadence is crazy fly!” J.Rawls recalls the first time he heard Larue.
Her album, From Ohio With Love, debuted on iTunes in August 2009 featuring production from !llmind, J.Rawls, and
Kev Brown, with special appearances from John Robinson, and Columbus' own Kim Joyce. She then linked up with
Dub MD Promotions to release several free downloads including, End of Regulation, HerStory(produced by Idasa Tariq) & The Sam Jackson Project (via DJBooth.net), and carpe. (via RockTheDub.com).
She has also been featured on popular hip hop websites such as 2Dopeboyz, The Smoking Session, DJBooth, Donuts & Milk, Kevin Nottingham, and Rock The Dub to name a few. With an internet presence, she has been able
to perform all over the United States and every month adding cities to her résumé.
In 2012, Larue entered and won a Freestyle Contest via Womazing.com earning a show in Miami, Florida. Recorded singles with Torae, Chaundon, and Wordsworth. Her project, diem., the follow-up to carpe., produced by Kansas City‟s staple producer, D/Will, was released in July 2012 via Bandcamp has garnered critical acclaim earning a 3.5/4 rating on Womazing.com.
2013 proved to be a year filled with creating and currently, Larue released her project GRAND with Midwest native Maja7th on 03/11/14 via iTunes and Bandcamp. She also has an untitled project with J. Rawls slated to be released in the latter part of 2014. She is also scheduled to be on tour in Europe in 2014 with her On The Crown partner, Savant.
Lastly, Larue has added music licensing to her résumé landing her first placement in a movie called, “The Challenger,” starring Kent Moran and the late Michael Clarke Duncan set to be released this year. As well as landing placements on VH1’s Black Ink Crew and UFC’s Road To The Octagon presented by Fox.