Don Kody Got Slapz Bio
EPK/PRESS KIT FEATURING COMMENTARY FROM J. HATCH, FOCUS (PRODUCER | Aftermath Ent.), BEAT CLUB PODCAST, BLACK METAPHOR (PRODUCER | Rick Ross), KASUAL KAS (SONGWRITER | Universal Music Publishing), ROCKWILDER (PRODUCER | Jay-Z, Redman & Method Man), JERRY BARROW (EDITOR/PODCASTER | Scratch Magazine, Nodfactor.com), & INSPECTAH DECK (EMCEE | Wu-Tang Clan, Czarface)
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Don Kody, an Ohio native with an aura about him that makes him a familiar vibe even at first meeting. Not one to stick to the same monotones, Kody isn’t afraid to experiment with flows and deliveries unbothered by the stereotypes that plagued most quote unquote “street rap” artists. Simply said, experimenting is part of the creative process and both a writer and producer do to his vast musical influences from Easy Listening to Smooth R&B, Miami Bass, Hip-Hop, Funk and anything that caries a good tune. His musical palette exist from being the second- to-youngest of 7 siblings, on top of his parents’ tunes. Due diligence, Kody developed into a multifaceted content creator, finally a word that describes his multi-creative mind state.
Don Kody added sound design to his resume after being invited to contribute compositions for Smoke Pack Vol. 2 & Vol. 3 , a sample pack curated by legendary Hip-Hop producer Ski Beatz (Jay-Z “Dead Presidents”, Camp Lo “Luchini (This Is It), Curren$y “Pilot Talk series) designed to give producers a shot a production placement on a Smoke Dza album.
Don Kody productions and skills has made him a high contender in the online producer battle community. The first taste was in 2011 as a Top 10 Finalist in Coalmine Records’ Bekay “I Am” Remix Competition. Though Kody didn’t take home the gold, he did earn high praise from Jerry Barrow, a contest judge who at the time had been the former editor of Scratch Magazine & founder of Nodfactor.com. Don Kody later secured a place in the Top 15 of Modern Producers “The Cook Up 2 Contest”. Again, Kody was not the grand prize winner but his entry track was placed on Anno Domini Beats instrumental album.
Kody’s truly defining moment came when he won 1st place Tracklib & Mass Appeal’s “Rhythm Roulette” Beat Battle. His winning track was selected by seasoned Grammy Award Winning and Def Squad producer Rockwilder (Method Man & Redman “Da Rockwilder”, Xzibit “Front To Back”, Christina Aguilera “Dirty”) in which he was flown out to New York to do a session with Rockwilder at IMI Studios NYC . It seems one battle win wasn’t enough as he went on to win two more Tracklib beat battles. One was judged by Esta and the other judged by Jordan Jay.
Looking for another path to dominate since the Tracklib shot landed successfully, Don Kody entered the arena of the Producer Plug Beat Battle Community headed up by Wu-Tang/Mike Dean affiliate Distrolord. Kody entered battle after battle sometimes suffering first round knockouts. Victory final arrives in battle judged by Motown great El DeBarge known in hip-hop for the varies sample flips of his works by Notorious BIG for the One More Chance Remix that became a smash up to this generation in the form of Moneybagg Yo’s “Wockesha”. Producer Plug Championship end with Don Kody crowned the champ for 2021 as he won the final showdown between all the 1st place winners of the previous battles during the year.
Don Kody also co-produced music with platinum rapper/songwriter Rufus Blaq whose had hits of his own with “Out Of Sight (Yo!)” & “Artifacts of Life (featuring LOX) as well as written for artists like Omarion, Faith Evans, Angie Stone, Destiny’s Child, and most recently Jhene Aiko along with Mad Lion, Hip-Hop/Reggae artists and CEO of Killah Pride Music who’s known for working with KRS-One in addition his own hits like “Take It Easy” and taking home the 1994 & 1995 Source Award as Reggae Artist of the Year. Mad Lion’s most recent song “NY Where I’m From” is co-produced by Don Kody blurring the lines of Hip-Hop Reggae & NY Drill. They double backed the collaboration on a trippy stoner R&B vibe that found its way to the talented Mila J and became the sexy stoner jam “Everyday’s 420”.
Sonovah Hillman Jr also known as JRX, the young daughter of late rapper DMX recorded a Don Kody & Mad Lion produced tribute to the fallen Hip-Hop legend called “Hold Me Head Up (Dedication To My Dad)” inspired by his inspirational song “Fallin” (from the album “Blood of My Blood, Flesh Of My Flesh”) . She originally debut the song during her father’s funeral and even performed at a show date he had booking prior to passing in his place covered in various media outlets like People Magazine and Inside Edition.