Don Kody hails from the northside of Youngstown, Ohio aka Crimetown, USA. This is 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 & Ready Rock Boys, Kody understood how easy it was to succumb to the heartless street life Youngstown also known as Yompton had to offer and began to follow his first passion and stress relief: music. Through the years Kody developed into a multifaceted content creator (Finally a word that describes what he does). This includes rapping, producing, audio engineering, sonwriting, DJing, ect. This is the norm now but not in the late 90’s, early 2000’s though. Don Kody’s music production versatility stems from his influences from Hip-Hop, Smooth R&B to Miami Bass to Boom Bap to Funk and everything in between due to being the second youngest of 7 siblings all with various taste in music.
With no financial backing, Don Kody used this musical efficiency to network and get placements and positions he sought after often bartering whenever capital access was crucial. After so long grinding his way up in ranks he perfected a niche for cross-promotion. Any way he can be seen and his music heard, it’s was a go. Don Kody even got in on the internet mixtape DJ wave. Being focused and talented enough to always deliver quality music, that lead to opportunities like a collaboration mixtape with Denver DJ K-Tone of Core DJs/Shade 45, a sponsorship from Goodtimes USA, sponsorship for an internet radio show from Hunid Racks Energy Drink, Mixtape collab with digital magazine The HYPE Magazine, mixtape collab with Nerve DJs/Big Heff, Bay Area based collective Frisco Street Show : Best Of San Quinn, The Jacka, Messy Marv, and Husalah The projection ranges from Livewire Records artists J. Stalin, AR, & P Hustle to Payroll Giovanni, Indie label Shark Livin Entertainment, MoJo Botz, consisting of fellow Youngstown native producers Myke Groov & Rufus Blaq (who’s credits range from Salt-N-Pepa to Faith Evans to Destiny’s Child to B2K).
Moving forward, Don Kody is looking to get in music publishing game thus creating a vast instrumental catalog with over 100 songs and growing.
MOST RECENT WORK:
1st Place Winner of Rhythm Roulette: Tracklib Edition – Judged by Def Squad Grammy Award Winning Producer : Rockwilder
Top 15 in Modern Producer’s The Cook Up 2 Contest
Sync Placement with NBC’s World of Dance-based entity U-Jam Fitness
Placement on Bartstool Sports’ Donnie Does (Wonton Don) Segment