Donald-D came into hip hop as a b-boy breaking on the streets of the Bronx. While growing up, and playing basketball at the local Boys and Girls club he met a DJ named Rashid, and along with rhyme partner Easy AD who would later become a member of the Cold Crush Brothers started their own crew the As Salaam Brothers. They would play house parties and a few outdoor jams before they decided they wanted to go big time, and while walking down the street one day they met DJ Kool Herc. Donald asked Herc could they play with him, and he invited them to rock with him at a club called The Sparkle, but before the party could take place the club burnt down.
After the As Salaam Brothers broke up Donald-D became a member of the Universal Zulu Nation when he join forces with DJ Afrika Islam, DJ Jazzy Jay, DJ Superman, and 3 The Hard Way MC’s Kid Vicious and El Jay as the group The Funk Machine. They would go on to become one of the best hip hop crews around in that time period mainly known for their routines and Donald-D story telling rhymes. Islam and Jazzy Jay would be the first DJ’s to do mixing and scratching routines together on the turntables.
When Hip Hop made its way into the downtown scene at the Roxy’s club, and Afrika Islam became the resident DJ he also had Donald along for the ride. That led to Afrika Islam starting his radio show the Zulu Beats on W.H.B.I (New York) in 1983, and when he needed an MC to rock them fresh rhymes he called on D, also DJ Red Alert was on board. What they did was unique by bringing what they did at the party’s to live radio. With Islam playing break beats and the beat box Donald-D would take the audience on a journey with his story telling rhymes about Bruce Lee, Liza Minnelli, his friends, and a day in the life of Donald-D.
The Zulu Beat would be the first hip hop radio show to included live interviews, and was the first to inform the public about the movie Wild Style when Islam interviewed Fab 5 Freddy. With the show intro done by actors Cheech and Chong and the crazy voiceovers the Zulu Beat tapes would be the first Introduction, about the hip hop culture from New York when it made its way To England. Donald-D’s recording journey began when the CEO of Vintertainment records heard him rhyming, and came up to the radio station.
He would go into the studio to record the song’s Two Three Break, Rock The House and Cuttin Herbie under the group name The B Boys along with DJ Chuck Chill Out. The Rock The House Ya’ll would go on to become one of hip hop’s most sample lyrics. After 3 Recordings as a team Chuck went solo, and Donald would add a rap partner named Brother-B and DJ Master-T. They would record the classics Girls, Stick Up Kid and Girls Part 2, and soon be out doing shows with Dougie Fresh and Slick Rick, The Boogie Boys, Sparky D and others.
After Master-T left the group the DJ became a high school friend name DJ Jazzy-G as they continue to rock the house throughout America. When the label decided not to have the B Boys in their future plans Donald-D went solo and recorded the songs Outlaw which was on most radio play list and Dope Jam on the label Rockin Hard Records in 1987.
Donald-D along with Bronx Style Bob would also write the lyrics for the Fat Boys song Are You Ready For Freddy for the movie A Nightmare On Elm Street.
In 1988 Donald-D headed out west to Los Angeles to be a part of Ice-T’s Rhyme Syndicate. His first recording would be for the Rhyme Syndicate Comin Through compilation album as he brought his New York swagger to the land of sunshine on the song titled Name Of The Game that featured Bronx Style Bob. He would co write the song called The Syndicate that was on Ice-T Power album, and the summer of 1988 he would tour with Ice on the dope jam tour that included big name artist Eric B and Rakim, Kool Moe Dee, KRS-ONE and Biz Markie.
Donald-D would go on to write, rhyme and produce, and be a major player on many Ice-T’s albums. In 1989 Donald-D would get his first full album record deal when he was signed to Sony records. With the music production produced by Afrika Islam they would record the album Notorious that would bring to life the hit single F.B.I. that told the reality and truth about the world of drugs. He would become a role model and spoke’s person to travel to schools to speak to the youth about the downside of drugs, but somehow Donald would wind up on the FBI hit list along with rappers NWA, Public Enemy, Ice-T and 2 Live Crew for his songs Car Chase and Who Got The Gun.
Along with Ice-T and the rest of the Rhyme Syndicate, Donald-D would be on 5 tours with the group Public Enemy in America and Europe.
The second album was recorded on the Warner Bros. label titled Let The Horns Blow. The lp was first released throughout Europe with its original mixes, but when it was time for the American release the lp was put on hold, because of sample clearance.
By the time Donald got in the studio to remix the album the Rodney King up rising happen which delayed the lp, and he even had to change one of the song titles which was called Looters the original name for the movie Trespass, because the song was also featured on the soundtrack as well in the film.
Right now he lives in Florence, Italy and he tours around Europe with artists like Afrika Bambaataa and others. He colaborates with many artists from different countries and he still records new projects. He is also a DJ and on his DJ sets he brings an old school flavor. He is also a Hip Hop scholar and he talks about Hip Hop as a culture and all of its influences in many panels around Europe.
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