February 21, 2024

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Don Season 2 – Don Q

A native of the Highbridge neighborhood of the Bronx, New York City, rapper Don Q delivers hard, no-nonsense verses about his life experiences. Unlike his frequent collaborator A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Don Q eschews melodic hooks and flashy delivery, instead focusing on intense, motivated lyricism. Don Q grew up listening to Jay-Z albums and mixtapes by the likes of Lloyd Banks and Cassidy, and started writing rhymes and battle rapping as a teenager. He released a low-key mixtape at the age of 17, but subsequently lost his focus on music until 2014, when he decided to get back on track and rap professionally. He made cameos on tracks by Meek Mill and Dave East before releasing his Don Season mixtape in 2016, as well as High Bridge the Label: The Takeover, Vol. 1, a collaboration with A Boogie. The following year he dropped Corner Stories, a mixtape that boasted appearances by Styles P, Jadakiss, and Fabolous, as well as production by Scott Storch and Murda Beatz. Soon after its release, Don Q signed to Atlantic, which issued Corner Stories Reloaded, a revamped, expanded edition of the mixtape. In 2018, he issued the Don Talk EP, featuring guests like Desiigner, Pusha T, and Tee Grizzley. ~ Paul Simpson