Anthony Pengel better known as U-Niq, is a Dutch rapper from Rotterdam. U-Niq is considered one of the greatest emcees the Dutch Hiphop scene has brought forth. U-Niq was a part of rapgroups Most Official and The Committee Gunmen.
Heavy influenced by lyrical rappers Rakim, Big Daddy Kane and Kool G Rap, U-Niq began rapping at age 13. Later, at the age of 15, his ambitions take more serious forms and U-niq decides to drop out of school so he can dedicate his life to music.
After years of hard work, he signs a contract with music label Sony Epic, where he releases three singles and one Album; Married To Music.
The collaboration between U-Niq and Sony Music does not work as imagined and U-Niq leaves the record company.
Although a bit discouraged after his Sony phase, in 2002 U-Niq heads off to New York City where he ends up recording songs with legendary rappers Nas and Guru from Gangstarr. During his stay in New York, U-Niq records eight songs in total, including the popular street anthem Wildin' Out. U-Niq later releases the track Wildin' Out independently as well as the musicvideo.
Back in the Netherlands U-Niq gets caught up with the Law and is forced to spend some time in jail. There he decides to rapping in Dutch. After being released out of prison , U-Niq signs a contract with Dutch Hiphop label Top-Notch and in 2006 releases his first Dutch album entitled: Rotterdam.
The album was a huge succes and proved to be a milestone in Dutch Hiphop that ushered in a new, lyrical and street smart wave of Dutch Hiphop artists lead by U-Niq.