Katana Da Don
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Katana Da Don

Denver, Colorado, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2000 | SELF

Denver, Colorado, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2000
Solo Hip Hop Singer/Songwriter




"You Need To Know: Katana Da Don"

“I’m kind of soft-spoken,” Katana Da Don told me as I flipped on a tape recorder in a Northeast Minneapolis restaurant. In terms of volume, she was right — silverware and nearby chatter sometimes overwhelmed her voice. But in terms of power, the descriptor is totally wrong.

Katana Da Don is a local rapper, and her new album, Kut Throat, showcases her strengths. It’s packed with beats she made herself — “I like ‘em to bang,” she said with a smile—and it goes hard from track one, interrogating beauty standards, materialism, and the state of the music industry.

Along the way, she samples all sorts of media, such as Kanye West sound bites, The Twilight Zone, and Nirvana’s “Lithium.” The latter feels like the key to her heart; on “Soul Brotha,” she raps, “Kurt Cobain/ That’s my soul brotha/ I can understand your pain like no other.”

Like Cobain, Da Don has dealt with a lot. Living in Minnesota (from ages 9-20 and 30-present) and California, she’s faced both depression and discrimination. Not long ago, her label caved on her. “After that,” she said, “I went to Carnage [the Executioner, a local hip-hop legend]. Like, ‘I got this material, I got a direction’ […] And he gave me a platform.” Since then, she’s released her record, published a poetry collection, and teamed up with Paul von Stoetzel of Killing Joke Films, who’s directed three of her music videos.

Now, she’s coming off a Kut Throat release show at the Nomad, which she played with none other than legendary MC Rah Digga. When Da Don and I talked, she was just about to pick up Digga from the airport, and she could hardly wait. Laughing, she said, “I’mma try not to start spitting rhymes to her.”

Da Don likes freestyling, but musically, she said, “I can’t just improv. Like jazz musicians? No way.” She does love the drums and other instruments; making beats is an important part of her work. And as a woman producer, she insists on receiving credit: “This really was me in a room with a computer and a keyboard. That’s where it started. It’s not some guy. Even down to the mix and master, I’m there. I’m a part of it, and I have influence on everything.”

Da Don used to be “quiet and shy,” she said, “but now, I’m grown.” Her maturity shows up on Kut Throat; “I didn’t realize how personal I was getting in my music,” she said, “until it was done.” But that is the point: “I want you to know me. I want you to feel what I’m feeling.” It’s certainly not about the money—”This shirt was three dollars,” she said, pointing to her camouflage tee and shaking her head. “I’m just not into it.”

Now, Kut Throat is out there for the world to hear. “It’s been a hustle,” she said, “from the beginning until now.” As she celebrates her album release and all the growth to come, she’s both excited and exhausted. As she put it, that’s “a beautiful feeling.” - The Local Current Blog

"Mixtape Alert"

Cali-born, Minnesota-raised artist/producer Katana Da Don give us the sounds of both regions on her latest mixtape, CaliSota.
On the 7-track project, Katana deals out solid lyricism and soulful vocals over production that’s a blend of Hip-Hop, alternative and R&B soul. - The Dope Show

"Friday Five"

The title of “Snow” might suggest gentle, falling flurries, but Katana Da Don raps with the force of a blizzard in her new music video from Killing Joke Films. She’s finishing up an album called Kut Throat after writing a novel and a poetry collection, and she just joined Carnage the Executioner’s HECATOMB hip-hop collective. As her sword-inspired name implies, she’s here to slay. - The Local Current Blog


Still working on that hot first release.



I'm a genre bender. I like to fuse genres of music that I love together; Mainly Hip hop, R & B and Alternative Rock. Music has been part of my life since age 3. My Pops is a drummer and raised me on Afro Cuban rhythms and instruments. The connection I have with music saves me everyday. I have a few issues - depression, social anxiety disorder, ptsd and suicidal tendencies. Creating is my safe haven. Along with being a songwriter, I'm a producer (beat maker) and an audio engineer. I also enjoy mentoring young artist without any benefit to myself. My performances are captivating, emotional and fun because I put my whole soul on the stage.

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