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Donny DoomsDay Goes Against The Grain

Three listens had us open!

Going blind into an album is a liberating experience; with preconceived notions, it’s easier to take a raw listen at the actual material — without politics and BS. I had such an experience just this week with an artist name Donny DoomsDay. Everything about this guy is intriguing post-three listens. His latest LP, the hefty 17-song slice of hip-hop that is Reality Raps is loaded with positivism, a good amount of relatability, BARS, and unabashed nods to his Christianity.

To top it all off, he delivers a healthy tribute to the screwed up sound Texas is synonymous with.

What was most intriguing about the album was the layers I uncovered during my three top to bottom spins. Upon the first pass, I was taken in by the production. The project begins with “Moonlight,” which has an eerie/jazzy sound; “who’s the dealer and who’s the fiend,” he asks rhetorically. Elsewhere, I found myself running back “Fifth Wheel Motion,” his (sonic) salute to the style Texas became famous for, where you can almost imagine his dense wordplay getting a “chopped not slopped” treatment.

“Texas Made,” which walks you through life in the section was another one that got a few run backs, with it’s slick, atmospheric record pops.

Upon the second pass, I got deeper into his wordplay. He’s a Christian rapper, as I’ve come to know upon more research, but he doesn’t at all shove it down your throat; instead, he makes positive music. Not rainbows and shit, just … positive. Let me break that down.

 
“Graveyardz” follows him as he comes home from a literal graveyard shift at a plant, only to look at the face of his sleeping with and realizing his grinding is all worth it. “Selfish” is another example, where he raps about how he — despite circumstances — manages to stay out of jail, chases degrees rather than selling drug; he even raps about paying taxes on the second verse.

Keep in mind, the production on this LP is amazing, so he has these trap tinged, dark, southern tracks made for rolling around to in a candy painted Cadillac at midnight, but it is at points, (lyrically) swimming against the grain like a hip-hop salmon.

Then there are these really powerful records in the mix, like “Nothing To Something,” where he addresses the sameness of emcees in the game: “concepts are the same … the producers are the real artists, I’m a say it.” Another clear standout for me was “Villainy,” where he discusses the illusionary nature of the “things” that hip-hop culture consider important. This particular song is two-fold, also looking at the way he perceives himself as being viewed, despite being anything but a basic “rap guy.”

“You can run the trap; I’ll run to the bank with a business plan.”
–Donny DoomsDay

“Many Blessings” was probably the song with the most overt show of his faith, though he does instill it into bars throughout the album, and you can’t overlook “Been Praying,” either.. Tracks like “Coach Store” and “Give It and Go” do throw you off the trail though, without really listening to the bars, a light listen of this LP lets a lot of amazingness go over your head.

There is a ton to love and unpack on Reality Raps, but it’s worth getting lost in for a day — or two.

Riley here — father, artist, videographer, professional writer and SERIOUS hip-hop head. I'm a member of the Universal Zulu Nation, and I think everything is better on vinyl. Add me on Twitter! @specialdesigns
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AAHH: How would you describe your music for someone who is just discovering you?

Mahogany Stylez: I like to say, I make “everybody music.” I make music about my life experiences and my take on the world that EVERYBODY can feel. I make music that the hood can feel and your mother can jam to my music; if you’re a young person trying to maneuver through this crazy world we are living in, you can feel my music. My voice is hyper unique, so I don’t sound like anyone else. I like to deliver lyrical content and pick production that you can vibe with. Also, I’m a real writer, who grew up on HIP HOP, so that’s evident in my music.

A: How did this whole thing start for you?

M: I started writing poetry, and music lyrics very young. I would share it with my friends. Early in high school, I wrote my first rap, to deliver when I was kicking it in a social setting. The response I’d get from people was so surprising and amazing — that was it, I was addicted!

Started writing more, and spitting in school. Sometimes I would cut class to stick around and rap in the cafeteria. I then began performing at various local events. I formulated a female owned and operated Artist Management company called “Getmoneymas,” interned for 106 & Park Radio and threw myself into the business. I kept writing, and performing, and featuring on mixtapes, and just established myself as a professional recording artist.

A: Who were some of your influences when you were starting out?

M: My influences are many and diverse. I grew up watching female artists like Salt N Pepa. My Godmother introduced me to Pepa and used to bring me around when I was a little girl, and I straight thought she was magical!

Watching Eve, Missy Elliot, Brittney Spears, Lady Gaga, Rihanna do their thing … I watched and emulated this music royalty and saw their power. I wanted to do that.

A: What have you dropped to date?

M: I have been on MANY mixtapes with singles like “Butterscotch,” and “The Truth,” back in the day; but, more recently I released my first debut EP, Str8 Stylin the EP. I put a lot of heart into this project to introduce myself to the world as not just A solid, viable female rap artist, but THE. The industry could use another strong female voice to be a force, and I feel like that’s me.

A: Most definitely! So, what are you currently working on?

M: I’m currently working on getting this project Str8 Stylin the EP, out to the world! I also am working on my next mixtape, which is going to be something extraordinary [an homage to a female rap icon], as well as my next official album. I’m writing and ready to dive in further and connect more with my fans thru the music.

A: What have been the most prominent moments thus far in your career?

M: I would say one of my most significant achievements in my career has been finally releasing my debut. It took some time for me to get the project finished. My fans were waiting for it.

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A: What do you want people to take away from you as an artist, ultimately?

M: I’m taking over this thing. I’ve been putting in my work and cultivating my craft. I’m moving in the direction of establishing myself as a household name. That’s the goal. I have several business ventures, inside and outside of music, that I’m working on launching. I want to show the world that anything and everything that you want to do IS possible, and I want to be the face for that message.

A: What’s next?

M: Next for me professionally … I am releasing my next single, “Thousandaire,” Produced by D. Grant. That drops Oct. 29th. I will be working on releasing these next two projects, and dropping my new line of rolling papers, called “Hippie Stixx,” at the top of the year. I’ll also be doing more touring 2019.

In the meantime, I’m writing, I’m in the studio and growing my brand every way possible.

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