I featured Atlanta based rapper Donnis on Nark Legacy, but odds are you haven’t checked him out further. Similar to Kid Cudi, Kyle Lucas and Drake, Donnis is blasting onto the rap scene with a more than stellar mixtape. Mixed by DJ Benzi and Mick Boogie, Diary Of An Atlanta Brave is a solid effort of banging hip-hop tracks that sound better than most rappers major label debuts. He is also one of the few new rappers able to secure original production from established producers Needlz and 5 beats from Justice League and an appearance by the Underground King himself, Bun B. Those are pretty big co-signs and these aren’t throwaway beats either.
Donnis lyrically holds his own with the young guns rising in the game as well (see “I Am Me”). His voice reminds me of a less brash David Banner with more cross-over appeal. He can easily go from party-rappin’ in Auto-Tune on “Gone” to reflective, yet boastful on songs like “Ticket To The Moon”.
You’ll probably be hearing a lot from Donnis soon. He just signed a deal with DJ A-Trak‘s label Fool’s Gold. To me, this seems like a more appealing situation than going with a major these days. I would assume there are a lot less politics. With all the pr/marketing/viral tools musicians have these days and the buzz hes gaining, it seems like this would be a more attractive situation. Then again, Fool’s Gold has been dragging their feet on the Kid Sister album for a minute now….Let’s hope Donnis won’t have that problem.