d.o.n.

d.o.n.

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While the majority of hip hop these days narrows it's focus on money, gangster posturing, and percieved arrogance, few artists are dedicated to the traditional, beloved forms of hip hop music while maintaining content, subject matter and credibility. d.o.n. brings this to the table and more.

Biography

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----While the majority of hip hop these days narrows it's focus on money, gangster posturing, and percieved arrogance, there are artists that are dedicated to the traditional, and more beloved forms of hip hop music while maintaining content, subject matter and credibility without compromising what the listener would consider good music. d.o.n. brings this to the table and more.

---Born Donald C. Purvis Jr. in September at Kileen AFB near San Antonio Texas, d.o.n. is the only child of a military family. This fact, while seemingly meaningless, is a key element in his style, and vast subject matter as an emcee. After living in such cities as Savannah. GA and Weisburg Germany, d.o.n.'s family moved to New Orleans LA, where he has resided ever since. Growing up around various forms of music, he enjoyed everything from James Brown, Otis Redding and Rick James. It was only when his father purchased the first rap record to memory, The Fat Boys Are Back! that d.o.n. got to experience rap music on a more consistent basis. This, along with the inception of MTV, BET [the early years] and summer trips to South Carolina to visit his cousin - who seemed to have more cassette tapes than anybody he knew - made d.o.n. be a certifiable hip hop head.

---In 1994, a year before graduating high school, d.o.n. experimented with writing his first rhyme. After reading it, he decided to throw it away; it portrayed him in a light that wasn't his own. He wouldn't attempt to write another rhyme until 1996. d.o.n. is not afraid to rhyme about his spiritual beliefs either. "When I first started writing, I wanted to be the dopest Gospel rapper that anyone had ever heard, but I ended up using a great deal of profanity in the process. Having recommitted my life to The Lord Jesus Christ, in 2004, this was a conflict of interest. I view it as a part of my growth as an rapper."

---d.o.n. would continue to hone his craft while attending Delgado Community College to pursue a degree in dentistry, which he would later change to business. He eventually quit to find a job, and focus on the music career that he dreamed of attaining. After years of dedication and fervent writing, d.o.n was fortunate to come in contact and build relationships with some very talented artists who were willing to teach him more about his craft and the industry. Ace Lo, whom d.o.n. met while attending Delgado, was also a local rapper in the New Orleans area, and was the first person to put d.o.n. behind the microphone.

---In 2001 d.o.n. enlisted the help of friend and fellow artist Rami Sharkey - professionally known as Ballzack - to record his first demo. Creating beats on a Roland 909 Groovebox, they produced a strong 5 track demo album. Unfortunately, it failed to make any real noise outside of his friends and family. d.o.n. revamped the tunes with different beats, having learned how to better utilize the machine. With the addition of 5 new songs, 2002's "The Prologue" was born. Despite initial attention from Priority Records for the song "Night Life," d.o.n. was forced to return to the proverbial drawing board and start again.

---In 2004, d.o.n. began working, saving, borrowing, and legally hustling to purchase a MPC2000XL from a pawn shop. He continued to grow as an artist in content, flow and style. In 2006 after Hurricane Katrina, d.o.n was able to gather equipment for a home studio, by way of financial blessings in light of losses incurred by the highly publicized and deadly storm. He produced, mixed and mastered the album The Basics, which was the only album to be reviewed by critics. John Book of Music For America, writer for Okayplayer Magazine, and Left Hip Magazine, a Canadian publication, reviewed d.o.n.'s album with favorable reviews. He began to do more shows in and around the New Orleans area.

---d.o.n has worked and shared stages with some of the most talented artists in the New Orleans underground hip hop scene such as Ace-Lo, Ballzack, DJ Skratchmo, Guerilla Publishing Company, with whom thanks to the gritty production of Prospek, he has made some of his best work to date, Impulss, SWAT Team, Caligula and Nomad the Butcher of Cult Flick, Private Pile, Dubla and Juskwam of the Twen Bumbs, Majesty Sozey, ATM, Soapbox, Able Chris, Tony Skratchere, MC Paul Barman and Crucial. He hopes to spread his work further through collaborative efforts like the upcoming EP Commercial Free Broadcast with producer Dubla of Dubla Music, who has released work from such artists as Twen Bumbs, Juskwam, BlacKring and YourCuzn It.

---Despite setbacks and the struggles of everyday life, d.o.n. will continue to push forward in his walk with Christ. He doesn't want to bring back "real hip hop" or "change the game." d.o.n., by God's grace, just wants to be heard....and buy a diamond encrusted flying saucer with the spoiler on the back like the Vietnamese dudes be havin, and rims...47 inch rims you know how weeee do!...Hol

Lyrics

Brand New Day

Written By: Donald Purvis, Jr.

What up yall? d.o.n. Dubla Music, better start dancing now cause it's the most upbeat one you're gonna get. Sorry.

Mason-Dixon, is where I come from,
Old New Orleans, same traditions
new gestapo, jump out pumps out,
praise corruption and prize perdition,
meet the pitchers, not Hershisers,
the ones who mount blocks form set to sunrise,
perfect marksmen, thought retarded,
tea-cup system, preferred target.

Wake up it's a brand new day,
stretch and yawn be on your way,
you hate your job but that's OK,
suck it up and just get paid,
hey there mister man,
what you gonna do today,
try not to choke out my boss

Mic militia, flip the kill switch,
rig gorilla, ballistic missiles,
fake epistles, preaching doctrines,
street cathedrals who take collections,
rigged elections, flagrant Nagins,
chocolate wasteland, pass the ladle,
so complacent, murder's rampant,
we're Hamping further, yet no one changes

Wake up it's a brand new day,
stretch and yawn be on your way,
you hate your job but that's OK,
suck it up and just get paid,
hey there mister man,
what you gonna do today,
try not to piss this girl off (I'm doing it)

see I'm constricted within this system,
checks and balances, threats of violence,
lewd lascivious, music's trivial,
euphemisms mixed with useless drivel
a futuristic slum confuter wizard,
the fuse is lit with a sleuth's conviction
few discern it, refuse to listen,
nothing's kosher, the _ are livid

Wake up it's a brand new day,
stretch and yawn be on your way,
you hate your job but that's OK,
suck it up and just get paid,
hey there mister man,
what you gonna do today,
try not to get myself killed

(enough playing)
what up ock,
my fault you rabid froth brandish hardy feeling caught me arduous in my songs you clack clack williams,
Arafat artifact, milk-cartish artist rendition, post neo expressionistic scissor intern,
I needle nihilism careening adrenal deviant seething meandering mantlepiece tantalizing grievance,
channel live lamentations faced with mangled mason...
(fades out)

Discography

The Basics
Commercial Free Broadcast