Domino (rapper)

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Birth nameShawn Antoine Ivy
Also known asGenuine Draft
Born1972 (age 48–49)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
OriginLong Beach, California
GenresHip hop
Years active1992–present
LabelsOutburst Records, Def Jam, Columbia Records, MCA Records, Thump Records,
Associated actsBloods & Crips

Shawn Antoine Ivy,[1] known as Domino, (born 1972 in St. Louis, Missouri), is an American rapper.[2] Being a Crip himself, he auditioned for the Bloods & Crips project in the early 1990s.[3] He is the first rapper, in order of appearance, in the title track Bangin' on Wax on the album of the same name. His debut album, Domino, spawned two major hits in the United States,[4] including the Top 10 hit "Getto Jam", which reached No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100. Several further albums were released, and Domino continued to score hits on the R&B charts into the 2000s (decade).

In 1996, Domino appeared on the Red Hot Organization's compilation CD, America is Dying Slowly, alongside Biz Markie, Wu-Tang Clan, and Fat Joe, among many other prominent hip hop artists. The CD, meant to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic among African American men, was heralded as "a masterpiece" by the Source magazine. He also performed on many soundtracks, including The Show, The Mask, Clueless, Blankman, Tales From the Hood and Spooky House.

While his self-titled debut album was critically and commercially well-received, many were quick to point out that his style was similar to that of fellow Long Beach resident and up-and-coming Dr. Dre protégé, Snoop Doggy Dogg. He is the first hip-hop artist to perform a No. 1 rap single which contained melodic hip-hop throughout the entire song.[5] Three years later, Domino released his second album, Physical Funk, which failed to become as successful as its predecessor. The video for title track "Physical Funk" was a No. 1 video on MTV but the album was delayed[clarification needed] before its release due to Def Jam (Russell Simmons record label) dropping Outburst Records (the record label Domino was released on) before the album was released.[citation needed] He is a born again Christian.[6]



Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
U.S. U.S. R&B
1993 Domino
  • Released: December 7, 1993
  • Label: Outburst / Def Jam
39 10
1996 Physical Funk
  • Released: April 2, 1996
  • Label: Outburst / Def Jam
152 34
1997 The World of Dominology
  • Released: November 4, 1997
  • Label: Caw Records/Cyber Records/Domino/DCC Compact Classics
1997 Dominology
  • Released: September 2, 1997
  • Label: Domino Entertainment/Thug Records
1999 Remember Me
  • Released: February 9, 1999
  • Label: K-Town Records
2001 D-Freaked It
  • Released: June 19, 2001
  • Label: Slipdisc
2001 Getto
  • Released: August 28, 2001
  • Label: Pioneer
2004 Domination
  • Released: October 26, 2004
  • Label: Thump Records
2014 Get It Right
  • Released: January 21, 2014
  • Label: Premium Sol Entertainment



Year Single Chart positions Album
U.S. Hot 100 U.S. R&B U.S. Rap
1993 "Getto Jam" 7 4 1 Domino
1994 "Sweet Potatoe Pie" 27 13 3
"Money is Everything" - - -
"Long Beach Thang" - - -
1995 "Tales from the Hood" 103 51 8 Tales from the Hood
1996 "Physical Funk" 87 46 11 Physical Funk
"So Fly" 112 64 17
2001 "Like That" 88 8 D-Freaked It


  1. ^ "Rapper Domino speaks unpleasant truths". The Philadelphia Tribune. Archived from the original on October 21, 2012. Retrieved September 26, 2008.
  2. ^ Joel Whitburn, The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits. 7th edn, 2000
  3. ^ "allmusic ((( Bloods & Crips > Biography )))". allmusic. Retrieved October 16, 2008.
  4. ^ Domino at Allmusic
  5. ^ "allmusic ((( Domino > Overview )))". allmusic. Retrieved October 16, 2008.
  6. ^ "Interview".
  7. ^ "Domino Certifications". Recording Industry Association of America. Archived from the original on February 1, 2013. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  8. ^ Domino | AllMusic. Retrieved September 27, 2011.

External links[edit]

  • XXL Magazine, Page 062, August 2004, Rock Star Steven Tyler (of Aerosmith) Interview regarding Domino being his favorite hip hop artist.