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Hood Check: Donny Goines Interview

Posted in Artist, Concept City by lahnclass on March 9, 2009

 Born in Manhattan , Donny Goines has made a name for himself outside the cities’ limits, creating a buzz nationally and beyond. Donny is riding the wave of his latest CD “Minute After Midnight” and is currently readying his next release entitled “The Breakfast Club,” which promises to continue from where his last album left off. Hood Check caught up with Donny recently and discussed his influences and song making method as well as the state of the hip hop industry… Hood Check: Waddup Donny! Thanks for sitting down with us…First, Go Head and tell the people who you are, where you from, how you started…

Donny Goines: Well…If you don’t know my name I’m not working hard enough…but,my name is Donny Goines from NYC just trying to make great music. I started to pursue this dream seriously for about 3 years now. I’ve always dabbled in it but never took it as serious as I do now.and I haven’t looked back since. HC: Word…So describe your sound and give our viewers an idea of what to expect from your music… DG: It varies I think with every different beat and song but for the most part I would define my sound as an authentic or real sound. When I say that I don’t mean “I’ll kill you and everybody in your hood” real, I mean that the music is just true to me. Usually when people hear my music they tell me that they feel as if they know me and that’s exactly what I try to do. Some might describe my sound as real hip hop, boom bap or whatever but that’s so one dimensional to me. I sound like whatever it is I want to sound like, it just so happens that at this point in time I sound more traditional with my music. HC: IIght…So for those that don’t know, where did your name come from? DG: To make a long story short, I don’t like nicknames. My first name legally is Donny. Spelling and all. When I decided I wanted to become a artist I starting thinking of stage names that incorpated my birth name. After a few days my man Bigga Threat actually suggested “Donny Goines”. At first I was hesitant because I didn’t want to impose on the Donald Goines legacy (for those who don’t know he was a very popular urban author) but after more though I felt that the name made a lot of sense so I stuck with it.

HC: That’s Wassup…So now that we got all of that out of the way, lets move to some subjects that give our readers a better idea of why you do what you do…Like…How do you feel about the state of the music business now? DG: Like everything in life there are good things and bad things. Negative and positive and music is no exception. Right now I’m in a optimistic state of mind because I see so many talented people doing their thing out there and its amazing. I think we are in good shape right now and I’m looking forward to what the future has to offer but its not all good to me. Alot of nonsense in the forefront right now makes me feel like things will never change but I remain hopeful and just do my best to contribute to the solutions, not the problems. HC: What do you hate most about the business? DG: The business. At first I use to hate the fakeness of it all but I can deal with that. The business is something that really can interfere with your creativity and as an artist its very distracting. I wish I could just make great music and focus on my craft solely but the business aspect of the game doesn’t allow that. HC: What artists inspire you and who are you feeling right now? DG: Truthfully speaking the artists who inspire me the most are the emerging ones. I love to see artists that I’m coming up with do great things and I root for them. I’m all about unity and I love the fact that I’m making history with people alongside of me. I have a weird ear truthfully. I don’t listen to current music…not even my own really…unless I need to hear it. My Ipod is filled up with music from different eras but I like a lot of songs I hear from current artists today. HC: What is your favorite sh*t’ right now? DG: Blackberry. Hands down. That device is my lifeline right now and I don’t know what I would do without it. HC: Square biz…So what you got on deck? DG: Right now I’m working on “The Breakfast Club”. This is a album that will pick up where my debut left off. It will also introduce the public to different sides of me as an artists and set up my second full length LP. Some of the features and producers on there include Kwame, Naledge from Kidz in the Hall, Mistah Fab, 6th Sense, Cookin Soul, Planet Asia, Tanya Morgan and many, MANY more. Look out for it this Spring. HC: Donny, Thanks again for choppin it with us…look forward to building with you again soon… DG: I want to thank you for conducting this interview and the readers for taking the time to check it out. Pick up “Minute After Midnight” on iTunes, Rhapsody or anywhere music is sold and look out for “The Breakfast Club” coming soon.


Shouts out to Hood Check