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Domino / 1996-02-29


Shawn Antione Ivy, known as Domino, is a rap/hip-hop artist born in 1972 in St. Louis, Missouri, and raised in Long Beach, California. Being a Crip himself, he auditioned for the Bloods & Crips project in the early 1990s. He is the first rapper, in order of appearance, in the title track Bangin’ on Wax on the album of the same name.
Domino is the debut album by the rapper. It was released on December 7, 1993 for Outburst Records, distributed by Columbia Records and was produced by DJ Battlecat. The album found great commercial success and was certified gold by the RIAA on March 1, 1994.
“Getto Jam” was the lead single released from the album. The song was released late in 1993 with DJ Battlecat both co-producing and co-writing the songs. Upon its release, “Getto Jam” became a huge hit, peaking at 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 1 on the Hot Rap Singles. The song itself was certified gold by the RIAA on January 5, 1994 for sales of over 500,000 copies and helped the album reach the same feat two months later.
“Sweet Potatoe Pie” was the second single, and like his previous single, it was also produced and co-written by DJ Battlecat. Released as the follow-up to his smash hit, “Getto Jam”, “Sweet Potatoe Pie” also became a top 40 hit, peaking at 27 on the Billboard Hot 100, his final single to do so. The original song used a sample of Soul II Soul’s 1989 single “Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)”. The official remix entitled the “Sweet Vibes” remix was produced by the Gang of Four and used a sample of “Mysterious Vibes” by The Blackbyrds.


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