Raised in Oakland Ca, Dominick found refuge in the art music after being born to a single teenage mother. With no father figure at home it wasn’t long before Dominick found himself inspired by the streets and all it had to offer, selling drugs while in elementary school became his only means of earning money to eat considering his mother was addicted to crack cocaine during this same time. Taught the rules of the streets by those who lived it he learned to smoke at the age of five and began drinking alcohol at the age of seven.
“I took a real interest in music after been able to identify with the common struggles found in my city”.
While still in high school he teamed up with another local rapper named Frank Caesar aka Young Shaka and formed a group called the Mob Syco together they began working on their debut album titled “Pimp Style Productions”. This young group generated a buzz that would leave these teenagers in conversations with well known producers that brought fourth rappers like Too Short, Bad Influence, E-40 and Mystical. One day while in the studio working on his first solo project he had a vision that would change his life forever.
“I was standing inside the sound booth looking into the studio and I could see people smoking and drinking which was the norm, I remember how cloudy the room was from all the partying we did that day. Then what I saw made me question how far I was willing to go. I saw flames 5 feet high that span the entire length of the room, but this fire was different”
Dominick said he knew it was flames from Hell because the flames didn’t burn the walls or studio equipment it only seemed to engulf the people but they were never consumed by it.
“I had questioned myself many times before that moment wondering about my ability to give my life to God if I ever relinquished control of my inner being to the spirit of music. Sometimes fear would surround me while doing songs for other producers because I knew the more music I made the weaker I would became to the spirit of it”
Dominick took time away from the studio to seek an understanding of what he saw. Recognizing that his mother who had been addicted to crack for many years had found the delivering power of God, he was convinced that God could also heal the bitterness that he harbored in his heart.
“I remember being angry all the time; rage was always with me I thought it made me stronger”
Continuing to study God’s word Dominick walked away from the secular music in pursuit of a relationship that promotes inner peace.
“I used to drink to forget and smoke to sleep while fighting for respect, all because I had no inner peace. I was confused about what peace really was, considering an individual cannot understand the true meaning of peace without having a relationship with God. Now that I have God, I have Peace!