XXcLusive: Atlanta Up-And-Comer Donnis Signs to Atlantic

It’s official! Atlanta-based rising star Donnis has inked a deal with Atlantic Records. XXLMag.com recently caught up with the March 2010 Show And Prove candidate to speak on his new label situation.

According to the 25-year old MC, Atlantic won in a bidding war between Def Jam, Jive, Asylum and Downtown Records. “You know [Atlantic] put in the work and I feel like they the best label in the game right now,” he said. “I mean they makin’ the most money and makin’ shit happen.”

Donnis made a big buzz last year with his Diary of an ATL Brave mixtape. The project’s breakout hit, “Gone,” scored a one off single deal with indie Fools Gold—the label owned by Kanye West’s DJ A-Trak, and the former U.S. Air Force member is currently prepping the release of the video for March.

The rap rookie has several other projects up his sleeve as well. “I’m working on an EP,” he shared, “I’m working on this mixtape [Southern Comfort] [and] I’m working on the album.”

In fact, Donnis has already hit the studio with quite a few notable figures. “[I’m] working with Drumma Boy…me and drumma boy was in LA,” he revealed. “We sat down for a lil’ while and got some stuff poppin’. Me and Clinton Sparks went in, he’s got some crazy stuff goin’ on…I don’t want to let it all out, but I’m working with them…Me and Estelle and Kardinal Offishal we [also] got some shit. “

Donnis doesn’t have any set dates on his upcoming mixtpae, EP or album, but he did reveal that as of now he wants to title his major label debut Past Visions of the Future.

Stay tuned to XXLMag.com for more information on the ATL Brave. —Jesse Gissen

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  • The Change

    I read this little segment about Donnis, saw he had a song called Gone & was signed to ATL records. Hmm what came to mind, great another guy from the ATL talking about shit, nothing lyrical, no good punchlines, metophors hardly none, and all the other components that make up a Dope MC. So please don’t co-sign this dude he ain’t nothing special just another southern rapper fucking up shit. Yeah I said & if I said that means the cock sucka won’t forget it. Damn lets get more creative rappers. Support good music not trash.

    • VOICEOFATLANTA

      CLEARLY U CAME ON HERE JUST TO HATE ON MY CITY BUT ATLANTA HAS DOPE MCS T.I.,OUTKAST,LUDACRIS,JEEZY,GOODIE MOB,KILLER MIKE,B.O.B,YOUNG DRO…GUCCI AINT QUITE THERE YET NIGGAS LIKE HIM BECUZ OF HIS FLOW AND THAT TRAP SHIT HE BE RAPPIN BOUT ONCE HE PUT MO CONTENT IN HIS RHYMES HE’LL BE GOOD BUT MOST OF DA SHIT YALL HEAR IS CLUB MUSIC THATS WAT GET DA MOST SPINS ON DA RADIO DOWN HERE WE GOT HELLA TALENT NIGGAS JUST AINT USIN IT RIGHT

      • jtm

        lmao jeezy, ti, young dro, and especially gucci are wack. i laugh at the part when you said gucci ain’t quite there yet. he will never be he is one of the worst rappers of all time. you must think tom cruise or soulija boy are a dope mc get out of here.

        • ktk3

          You just hate on every rapper? then what is good music? first off you cant say jeezy isnt lyrical jeezy is the best when it comes to drugs but you prolly wouldnt know shit about that bc you aint never been around drugs homie gucci and them are fakessss. Donnis is illll my nigga………SPACE CLUBBBBBB

    • T Jones

      I don’t know about the “another ATL guy” thing cause Atlanta does have plenty dope MCs. But this Donnis guy is a clown. How did he even get on? He don’t even sound like Atlanta. You sure he’s not one of those Atlanta via Charlotte-Tallahassee-Any Other City cats? What neighborhood is he from, somewhere in Norcross? And Gone’s hook is about getting decent (wasted), but he don’t even rap about that in the actual song. What a sucka. He can’t come to Richmond and if he do it would be wise to leave all jewelry at home and beef up on security.

  • bills

    the change???? damn homie you couldnt be more wrong…dude has lyrics, content, flows…but clearly you’ve never listened to any of his work just came on here to post some hate…your post had the same effect as someone coming on here to big up Wacka Flocka Flame…meaning ya both dont have a clue what’s good…..

  • thatguy2010

    couldnt agree with you more @bills. donnis is probably the MOST lyrical to come out of the A since the likes of Luda and TI. I read in an interview he came up on Goodie Mob. It makes sense. Congrats Donnis, good luck homie.

  • The Truth

    Donnis is an imposter who stole a beat cd from Justice League to get on! He is dead without their production, and now they have their own artist with substance and flow in Laws…

    • yesssir

      mannn your just fucking dumbbb… STOLE A BEAT CD??? are you fucking stupid he has a video with him in the studio with justice league fag who did his vocals?!?! swear sum of yall are just dumbb

  • J Ru

    Dude is wack!! He barely in the “A” anyway so please do not lump him in with other Altanta artists who acutally earned a situation.. he’s trash and will flop..”on to the next one…”

    • koty

      your fucking crazy nigga he has a video with him in the studio with justice league some of yall are just stupid prolly some wanna be producers

  • The real chris

    yo jtm i co-sign,that tickled me as well what atlanta said i mean u was on a good roll till u name gucci aka cuccimane.he will never be there.lol and im not haten but dude just trash just like wacka flocka.ho let do it,what a joke of a song and plus dude got shot for his change so i feel the radio should stop playing that song.but dont ever name wack as gucci with great rappers like luda,ti,jeezy,outcast and goodie mob.for dued mad wack

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  • The real chris

    i yeah to correct my grammer i meant chain but yal no what i meant,but any way bout this dude donnis please make the a-town proud and be a lyricist cause we trully dont have enough of em in thd a, and starving for more.we dont need no more cuccimane and wacka-flocka lame aka i got shot for my chain

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  • http://www.bboycult.com $yk!

    Good luck youngin…save some of that 360 deal money…

  • NotoriousAGC

    hopefully he’ll give us another “trap Muzik” just like a young T.I. did, i mean that cd was hot….haven’t heard dude yet, so im curious..but,That one dude who said Gucci aint there yet GODDAMN….no comment.

  • PRINCE HARRY

    FIRST OFF.. you guys some haters..

    DOWNLOAD “DIARY of an ATLANTA BRAVE”, and you will shut your mouth.

    THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN an ALBUM..

    DONNIS is one of the hardest working dudes in the game who aint on some TRAP RAP..

    DUDE WILL BE SUCCESSFUL, if you ever listened to his music you would agree.

    TILL THEN DIE SLOW HATERS, sucks to live suck negative lives..

    CONGRATS DONNIS, YOUR GONNA KILL IT.

    PRINCE HARRY!

  • phillyDMG

    they signed him off the huntch that he will have as much success as cudi!.. think abt it 10 deep mixtape, fools gold …honestly it doesnt take much to get signed .. either a co-sign of some sort , or fake it til you make it.. he is “OK” , not special to me , just has good production .. he’s not doing any REAL numbers as of now so its not abt a buzz.. its just a test model based off cudi im telling you

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  • Wouldn’t You Like To Know

    Hunh… son I’m liking that dude Tony Austin. That joint he got with OJ Da Juiceman called “Mr. Make It Happen” is banana’s. I got his mixtape with DJ Drama “The Influence” free at MySpace.com/tonyaustinmusic

    Check it out “Mr. Make it Happen”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D573WZAMuys

  • http://www.twitter.com/Noles506 Noles506

    Artists still get signed? wow….lol

  • caino

    l aint heard anything from this kat, but l will give him a listen then decide!

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  • hanzo

    god, there r some morons in here. ‘stole a beat cd’ smh. congrats donnis. keep doing ya thing.

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  • flyboi82

    Donnis is ok, nothing special. Saw him last night @ the control the crowd tour in NYC. he ok, thats it, ok. Niggas need to get back to lyrics man!!! just cause a nigga can dress, and got swagger, give him a deal and that’s it huh?? wow. game surely has changed

  • SEXYB

    donnis, you hot.. but you gotta work on the lyrics and then damn, youll be huge. swagga is right.

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