Don Q (rapper)

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Don Q
Birth name Le'Quincy Anderson
Born (1990-04-28) April 28, 1990 (age 28)
Highbridge, Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2006–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website donqhbtl.com

Le'Quincy Anderson (born April 28, 1990), better known by his stage name Don Q, is an American rapper and songwriter.[1][2][3] He is signed to Highbridge the Label and Atlantic Records. He is best known for his collaborations with label mate A Boogie wit da Hoodie.

Early life[edit]

Don was born and raised in The Bronx, New York. He began writing raps in the 5th grade but did not start taking rap seriously until high school, he first rapped in a booth at the age of 16. Don grew up listening to artists such as Cassidy, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Styles P, Lloyd Banks, and Jay-Z.[4]

As he got older he began battle rapping in the streets, parks, and different blocks which helped him build confidence. Don began battling because he was inspired by the Smack DVD series. Don's first stage name was Q da Don, he would then change it to Don Q, after the popular rum after seeing it on the shelves at local liquor stores. Don released his first mixtape at 17. The mixtape was in dedication to Andre "Pop" Davidson, a standout basketball player at John F. Kennedy High School who passed away. Pop was Don's best friend and the first person to co-sign Don's rapping talent.[5] The mixtape, however, did not receive much traction outside of Highbridge. Don almost quit rapping losing motivation as he did not have money to pay for studio sessions. Don was still worried about continuing his school studies and the streets but he came to the conclusion that rap was going to be his way to a better life. He made appearances in the local battle circuit where he rapped for several leagues such as Battle On The Beat, Blue Collar Television, and Come Up Groundz. [6]

Career[edit]

2016: Career beginnings[edit]

In 2016, Don signed to Highbridge the Label, a label ran by friends Quincy "QP" Acheampong and Sambou "Bubba" Camara. He and A Boogie were the first artists signed to the label. He was heavily featured on the compilation, Highbridge the Label: The Takeover Vol. 1, which dropped on May 28th, 2016. Don gained more notoriety after appearing on Funkmaster Flex's freestyle series on Hot 97, along with A Boogie wit da Hoodie who had become one of the most popular up and coming rappers in New York City[7]. Don delivered an impressive freestyle over Nas' Oochie Wally. Soon, the songs Bando and Bag On Me, featuring Don Q began getting radio play in the Tri-State area. In July 2016, Highbridge the Label partnered with Atlantic Records[8]. Don dropped his first official mixtape in August 2016. The mixtape titled Don Season was hosted by DJ Don Cannon. The mixtape has features from A Boogie, PnB Rock and Keir [9]. In September, 2016, he was featured on the BET Hip Hop Awards cypher alongside A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Russ, Kent Jones, and Nick Grant[10]. During the year, Don collaborated with artists like Meek Mill, Dave East, Fabolous, Young Scooter and PnB Rock among others.

2017[edit]

In 2017, Don dropped his second mixtape titled Corner Stories featuring Dave East, A Boogie, Jadakiss, Styles P, Zoey Dollaz, PnB Rock, Fabolous, and Loso Loaded[11], he would later follow up with a remastered version titled Corner Stories Reloaded with extra songs adding one featuring Rowdy Rebel[12]. Don is featured on A Boogie's debut album The Bigger Artist on the tracks Somebody and Money Sprung[13]. Don collaborated with Dominican recording artist Chimbala, on a track titled Matalo. Don Q released his mixtape Don Talk featuring Pusha T, Tee Grizzley, and Desiigner.[14]

2018[edit]

Don Q released his follow-up mixtape to Don Season titled Don Season 2 featuring G Herbo, Dave East, Lil Durk, Moneybagg Yo and more. The lead single for the project is titled "Yeah Yeah" and features A Boogie wit da Hoodie and 50 Cent and produced by Murda Beatz.

Personal life[edit]

Don has one daughter.[6]

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://repertoire.bmi.com/Catalog.aspx?detail=writerid&page=1&fromrow=1&torow=25&keyid=1889274&subid=0
  2. ^ https://www.ascap.com/repertory#ace/writer/823286634/ANDERSON%20LE%27QUINCY
  3. ^ http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2017/12/don-q-arrested/
  4. ^ http://highbridgethelabel.com/artists/don-q/
  5. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_S0z5iOu30
  6. ^ a b press.atlanticrecords.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Don-Q-Bio-417.docx Cached
  7. ^ "A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie Freestyles About His Come Up - XXL". XXL Mag.
  8. ^ "A Boogie Partners Up With Atlantic Records - Def Pen". 28 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Don Season by Don Q". Genius.
  10. ^ "A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Kent Jones, Nick Grant, Russ and Don Q Perform in 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher - XXL". XXL Mag.
  11. ^ "Corner Stories".
  12. ^ "Don Q - Corner Stories Reloaded".
  13. ^ "A Boogie Shares Artwork & Release Date For Debut Album "The Bigger Artist"".
  14. ^ http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2018/03/don-q-don-talk-project-tracklist/