What's up Leafers? Welcome to the latest edition of On the Rise where we interview upcoming hip hop talent. Today's guest is rapper, Don Kilam. Don has Moorish roots but he reps St. Louis. Don has gained recognition for his musical releases from industry peers and garnered attention from the media for it. He uses his music and experiences to motivate people in overcoming life’s obstacles and achieving prosperity. Don has gained an ever-growing following on Instagram and YouTube with over 48.6K followers and 12.3k subscribers respectively.We can definitely see Don performing on stages such as Coachella and Rolling Loud. The rising MC has been on our radar for a while so we had to tap in with him. Check out the interview below.
Westleaf Staff: What's up, Don? Your sound is dope! When did you start making music?
Don: 12 years old I began writing Poetry and looping beats on Cassette tapes and recording on a boom box!
Westleaf Staff: That's dope! What city do you represent?
Don: St. Louis, Missouri.
Westleaf Staff: Shout out to St. Louis! So how did you create your stage name?
Don: I am Moorish so it's a moorish title and name.
Westleaf Staff: That's dope and unique. So how did your early life shape your interest in music?
Don: I learned how to course my rage which is courage. We all go through adversity and challenges yet I learned that the greater the challenge then greater the rewards!
Westleaf Staff: Cool! That's so true. So who is your biggest Musical influence?
Don: Garth Brooks because he is still alive and has sold over 157 million albums, that’s the second most of all time in history! And I don’t even listen to country music!
Westleaf Staff: Dope! I feel that. Garth is a legend! What's been the defining moment in your music career thus far?
Don: The official release of my single “Born & Bred Remix” Featuring GMP Champ. Because this was my first single that was mainstream and paid me and my producer our first taste of royalties!
Westleaf Staff: That's dope! Congrats on your accomplishment. So what makes you a unique artist?
Don: We can start with my hair, my complexion, my Johnnie Dang grill, or maybe just the fact being that I am real not only in life but my music is real too. We are here to elevate and uplift humanity through all of our actions and deeds and I do believe this a collective effort.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! So what does art mean to you?
Don: Being able to bring your higher self into a realm of less evolved beings so that they can understand and relate as well!
Westleaf Staff: That's deep! Where do you see your music career going over the next few years?
Don: Looking to do collabs with major artists and do a nationwide tour and looking to schedule a tour over seas in the United Kingdom and Australia!
Westleaf Staff: I wish you much success! Before we go, describe music in three words.
Don: Expressing higher learning.
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