About Don Kody
Producer | Audio Engineer | Recording Artist
Don Kody hails from the northside of Youngstown, Ohio aka Crimetown, USA : The small mafia town that gave the world the likes of funk legend Billy Beck (Ohio Players, Zapp), Warner Brothers, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Kelly Pavlik, Ed O’Neil, Jim Tressel, Jim Traficant, & Omarosa Manigault just to name a few.
As a youngster being raised in the era of Flip Williams & The Ready Rock Boys, Kody understood how easy it was to succumb to the heartless street life “The Y.O. aka Yompton” had to offer and dove head first in music not only as a passion but a stress relief. Due diligence it’s no surprise he developed into a multifaceted artist/producer. Don Kody’s production versatility stems are direct influences being exposed to various forms of music from his 6 older siblings.
No stranger shoe string to non-existent budgets, Kody bartered whenever capital access was crucial and developed a niche cross-promoting his music as both an artist and as an internet Mixtape DJ. Being focused and talented enough to always deliver music lead to various cross-promotion opportunities with companies such as Push Promotions in association with Core DJ’s K-Tone, Goodtimes USA, Hunid Racks Energy Drink, The HYPE Magazine, & Nerve DJ’s own Quincy “Big Heff” Taylor. Those efforts lead to being nominated for the Ohio Hip-Hop Awards’ Best Mixtape DJ category for each year Don Kody was active. Don Kody was even tapped by Frisco Street Show for hosting, sequencing, and designing a retail mixtape Best Of series with Bay Area hip-hop legends like San Quinn, The Jacka, Messy Marv, and Husalah. .
Don Kody’s recent work consists of continuing to be a prominent producer in Northeast Ohio region dropping instrumental projects, producing budding Youngstown Hip-Hop acts like P-Hustle & Trap Kid (signed to J. Stalin-owned Livewire Records/Empire Distribution), rising group of solo artists as Str8 Drop World (consisting of Droptop Ke, Chief P, & Rutty the Goodfella), Midwest indie label Shark Livin Entertainment, as well lending his talents as a member of MoJo Botz, a songwriter/production team consisting of fellow Youngstown producers Myke Groov & Rufus Blaq (who’s credits range from Salt-N-Pepa to Faith Evans to Destiny’s Child to his own hit record “Out Of Sight”)