THE DON KODY EPK/ HIGHLIGHT REEL VIDEO
MEET DON KODY
Don Kody aka Don Kody Got Slapz, a Youngstown, Ohio native who is the vaguely known producer with an aura about him that makes you feel like you’ve known him forever, a familiar vibe. He first began as rapper Big Indoe at the tail end of the analog era going digital. The future content creator quickly understood the need to be able to produce original music. Starting with a Yamaha key and 4-track recorder it wasn’t long before a monster was born. Don Kody as an emcee is blunt and witty bars complete with metaphors with a twist of melodic bounce for the most part. Not one to stick to the same monotones, Don Kody isn’t afraid to experiment with flows and deliveries unbothered by the stereotypes that plagued most street rap artists.
Don Kody’s music production is varied do to his vast musical 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 and even his parents had various tastes in music. It’s completely save to say the music chose him. Through the years Kody developed into a multifaceted content creator, finally a word that describes the creation of all things music related from rapping, producing, audio engineering, script writing and songwriting. Being a jack-of-all-trades has become the normal business model but in his young time to wear all of those hats had a shock and awe effect on people then. That increased ten fold when his mother bought a Gateway PC and he discovered Sonic Foundry ACID Xpress. Off to the races in a world with minimum support because perusing a music career then was like throwing your life away on a pipe dream. Without financial backing, Kody realized his content and musical efficiency would eventually become his currency and would suffice for networking and collaborations. Kody adopted No Limit Records CEO Percy “Master P” Miller’s high volume output approach. His turnaround time and quality of the work became his cost effective way to market himself as a brand within niche movements by way of cross-promotion.
Kody even took on the internet DJ wave for cross promotion purposes by doing projects like the “Valley Kings Mixtape” in collaboration with Denver native and Core DJs/Shade 45 DJ K-Tone in association with PUSH Promotions. Don Kody even secured a sponsorship from cigar company Goodtimes USA for his mixtape titled “That Good” perfectly blending unsigned, independent, as well as mainstream artists on the tape and it did well. The Bay-Area based Frisco Street Show brand known for the This Is How We Eat compilation series partnered up with Kody to promote their energy drink line called Hunid Racks to produce their campaign song titled “Pass The Racks” featuring almost 20 artists from various places nationwide on this one beat! After wowing them with that a Hunid Racks sponsored mixtape titled “Keep It One Hunid” followed. Next Kody was asked to host, mix, and graphic design their retail mix tape series titled “Best Of Frisco Street Show”. The seven volume set was compiled from the catalog they had on legendary Bay-Area artists San Quinn, Messy Marv, The Jacka and Husalah.
Currently, Don Kody has been emerged a high contender in the online producer battle community after returning following a 10-year hiatus after placing in the Top 10 in the Coalmine Records artist Bekay’s “I Am” remix contest noted as the personal favorite of former Scratch Magazine and Nodfactor.com co-founder Jerry Barrow. Don Kody also nabbed the Top 15 slot in Modern Producer’s “The Cook Up 2 Contest”, later placing on an instrumental compilation release by producer Anno Domini Beats. Kody had his eyes on the prize in his attempt to win Mass Appeal’s “Rhythm Roulette” Contest in collaboration with legal sampling entity Tracklib.
His winning track was selected by seasoned Grammy-nominated Def
Squad producer Rockwilder (Erick Sermon, Janet Jackson, Christina Aguilera , and more recently “Czar” by Busta Rhymes) in which he was flown out to New York for session with Rockwilder at IMI Studios NYC . During the same session, Kody received a Facetime call from Inspectah Deck of Wu-Tang Clan informing him that the beat the he won the contest with was getting placed on Deck’s upcoming project. The cherry on top was the fact Method Man & Redman were recording verses for the song as well.
Don Kody also co-produces with fellow Ohioan Rufus Blaq who has hits of his own like “Out Of Sight (YO!)” & “Don’t Worry (My Shorty)” with Spinderella as well hits he’s written for Omarion, Faith Evans, Angie Stone, Destiny’s Child, Mila J and most recently Jhene Aiko’s e certified gold single ” P*$$Y FAIRY (OTW)”. Another co-producer with Don Kody is Mad Lion known for working with KRS-One, and hit song “Take It Easy” and taking home the 1994 & 1995 Source Award as Reggae Artist of the Year. Mad Lion’s Killah Pride imprint embraced Don Kody’s sound which led to a collaboration on a trippy stoner R&B vibe that became Mila J’s “Everyday’s 420” single
Another collab became Sonovah Hillman Jr also known as JRX, the young daughter of late rapper DMX tribute to him inspired by his hit single “Fallin”. She’s covered everywhere from People Magazine, Inside Edition, to the BET Awards 2021. Sonovah released her song “Hold Me Head Up (Dedication To My Dad)” on Fathers Day.
Don Kody earned his 4th beat battle victory participation in the Producer Plug Beat Battle. The battle was judged by El Debarge. Music from his catalog including cuts the DeBarge group holds a classic Hip-Hop sample derived from the song “Stay With Me” that’s gone on to be a hit times over from “One More Chance (Remix)” by Notorious B.I.G., to “Foolish” by Ashanti, & “Wockesha” by Moneybagg Yo. Co-Anchored by Producer, A&R, Producer Plug ‘s own Distrolord, El Debarge gave his honest incite to all participating producer yet favoring Don Kody for the win. Watch now.