The Rise Of The Red-Shirted Freshmen…

donny goines

The X-spot is going hard with their story about the Freshmen 10 of 2008. I ain’t even gonna lie when I tell you that 10 motherfuckers trying to come up at once is too much. Some of the dudes that read this might feel some kind of way like Tupac stans always catch feelings but the truth is that the music industry in regards to rap dudes just can’t support 10 new stars. The machinery, and more importantly the fanbase needs to allow some of these acts some more time to get their artistic weight up..

To use a sports metaphor, some of these rappers need to be red-shirted. I say this because there are some artists whose gifts are wasted in this climate of now-now-yesterday. It forces artists to churn out work too fast and it also makes their work less valuable in the eyes of consumers. Why should I listen to some rapper’s latest track if he is gonna do another one next week, or even tomorrow? I’m not trying to be the dude that holds people back from their dreams in as much as I want dudes to realize their potential.

It’s hard to tell people to let their shit marinate because tomorrow is granted to none of us. At the same time if we don’t plan for tomorrow we won’t be prepared when that new day comes, and trust me, the new day is coming. I created this drop with a few particular artists in mind. These dudes are on the cusp of something special for themselves and I think they all will present something unique to rap and hip-hop culture. They aren’t part of the XXL 2008 freshmen 10 but I think you will hear from them hardbody in 2009.

Donny Goines – Right now, Donny Goines might be the hardest working dude in rap music. He has leveraged his persistence on the internets with a debut album. This is no small achievement since the majority of the freshmen 10 are loaded with mixtape credibility but without completed albums. The CD is called ‘Minute After Midnight‘ and it features production from some reliable beatmakers as well as up and coming producers (who hopefully won’t become rappers). My favorite track on the album is called ‘I Am Moving’ and it was produced by Dame Grease.

Another cat I fuck with who is connected with Donny Goines is Panama a.k.a. The Spanish Kid. He was formerly on ‘The Wire’ as the dude who used to wear Bubbles ass out [ll]. In a few years Panama will be one of the “Raptors” that we all talk about. The good thing is that he respects the craft of rhyming and he wants to be viewed as an official MC. He also has the work ethic that will take him far. These dudes didn’t make the cover of XXL’s 2008 freshmen 10, but just like a blue chip prospect in college football they are getting red-shirted so that their career will be even longer.

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  • Chris the MC

    Donny been going at it hard for a minute, but why he look like Crooked I in that pic up there?

  • DJ Daddy Mack

    hmmmm. i would like to listen to dis b4 i brought it. leak? lol


    Most of these dudes are not stars outside of the internets. Out of the 10 you mention 2 may have some kind of meaningful career but that just depends on if this is their hustle or a real art form.

    Now I think Donny can get Little Brother Indy God status and sell many units to eat if he do his business right. Like I hope Joel Ortiz don’t fall into the Ras Kas, Chino XL, Canibus trap (i.e. rapping to other rappers syndrome) or the I am too nice to even do a song virus. I hope all of the young dudes set they business structure right so they can get creative without consequence which insures a longer career by not trend riding.

  • Lester Diamond

    I’m not really impressed by the young dudes.

  • Parispolice

    The only person ive been impressed with this year is Belly from the CP Camp.
    check it out, he’s from Canada but has more swagger than half of them.

    Good article tho.

    • E

      I’m gonna go ahead and no homo Parispolice’s comment on some other dude’s swagger.

  • General

    I agree with LD, I am not sold on one of these mc’s havin star potential. I m just gonna have to sit back and see if any of them can prove me wrong, but as of now, ain’t happenin.

  • Dee

    another cold ass nigga that should b recognized or featured on XXL is Drake..
    hes a Beast..

  • Matt Herbz

    Yo, Billy, why don’t you fux with Immortal Technique? Maybe you have and I haven’t seen it, but peep dudes mixtapes sometime. Word to mutha, dude is on another level.

    –Matt Herbz–

  • Billy X. Sunday

    Matt Herbz,
    peep game…

  • OG Bobby J

    I like the sluaghterhouse deal…I think its smart for some up and coming dudes, semi established, to link up and put out some fly shit….it cuts into funds but it also broadens the fanbase….

    I agree tho…look at papoose….that nig could spit dreams…but missed his boat…might as well get to community college with his bullshit now.

  • Billy X. Sunday

    I think the Slaughterhouse movement is the future for forward minded artists.

    Punk rockers have been doing this shit since forever, but those dudes don’t act like they want to drive Bentleys and Maybachs.

    You can make an honest living touring the states spitting rap lyrics for fans without spending mansion money on an automobile.

    It depends on what people value though. I tried to rap and produce back in 1988 and I found out that I sucked pretty bad at rapping so I went to architecture school.

  • Og Bobby J

    Now if we could only get Papoose, Saigon, Wale and termanology to form some group to rival slaughterhouse….

  • Sinistah aka 7Body Sin

    I’m proud of my nigga Donny Goines, we was on a website rampage jus tryin to get heard, i bumped into a lil personal roadblock with family and legally and had to fall back from gettin it in musically to take care of a 4 month court case….

    Donny been everywhere, no homo, i actually crack a smile when i see him pop up on various websites comment boxes, and extra proud to see da nigga press-kit gettin some burn, as well as the music gettin to the masses, and now the album is out!

    Do ya numbers fam, grown man rap is makin a comeback!

  • Moi

    the biggest problem with these might be next and perpetually might be next rappers are their wack ass names

    joe budden
    donny goines
    mickey factz

    how is someone named papoose gonna blow up? and joe budden? oh yeah, he delivers the fed ex at my job. how do you pronounce wale?

  • brand-new

    i’m waiting on bishop lamont, if dre don’t put him out he is fuckin crazy!!!

  • Incilin

    Yeah, there is wayyy too much stuff being put out by everyone every single day (Freeway’s 30 tracks in 30 days? I aint bother with one). Good post.


    Damn pimp; I missed that okayplayer joint tonight because the work joint was massive. The Obama game in NY is supreme; I can’t believe that I’ve only paid for like 5 drinks while I’ve been here, and it’s been a saucefest.

    You might be on to something with that redshirt theory. I think that the league (major labels) do redshirt ninjas, but these new rappers are so broke that they won’t even wait the standard 2 year artist development period. Eff what you heard; it takes 2 to make a thing go right.

    Bring back the real record label. Or let it all fall down.

  • FlapJack

    Is this some next level shit?
    Baby steps, huh..
    Pretty average