18 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The most telling line on Don Q’s Don Season 2 comes not from the Bronx rapper himself, but from guest Lil Durk. “I done walked the carpet in my Don C’s/But I’m in the trenches with Don Q,” the Chicago MC sings on “Long Night.” Fashion designer Don C’s name provides a stark contrast to the Timberland boot-tough raps of Q, an MC whose grittiness has become something of a calling card. Since 2016’s original Don Season mixtape (at the least), Q has worked diligently, mostly in the form of mic-scorching verses, to define himself as distinct from the more polished-sounding A Boogie wit da Hoodie, his friend and labelmate who also appears here. Don Season 2 continues to establish Q as the MC who raps to impress, dismantling beats alongside heavy spitters like Dave East and G Herbo, while basking in the star power of 50 Cent.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The most telling line on Don Q’s Don Season 2 comes not from the Bronx rapper himself, but from guest Lil Durk. “I done walked the carpet in my Don C’s/But I’m in the trenches with Don Q,” the Chicago MC sings on “Long Night.” Fashion designer Don C’s name provides a stark contrast to the Timberland boot-tough raps of Q, an MC whose grittiness has become something of a calling card. Since 2016’s original Don Season mixtape (at the least), Q has worked diligently, mostly in the form of mic-scorching verses, to define himself as distinct from the more polished-sounding A Boogie wit da Hoodie, his friend and labelmate who also appears here. Don Season 2 continues to establish Q as the MC who raps to impress, dismantling beats alongside heavy spitters like Dave East and G Herbo, while basking in the star power of 50 Cent.

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About Don Q

A native of the Highbridge neighborhood of the Bronx, New York City, rapper Don Q delivers hard, no-nonsense verses about his life experiences. Unlike his frequent collaborator A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Don Q eschews melodic hooks and flashy delivery, instead focusing on intense, motivated lyricism. Don Q grew up listening to Jay-Z albums and mixtapes by the likes of Lloyd Banks and Cassidy, and started writing rhymes and battle rapping as a teenager. He released a low-key mixtape at the age of 17, but subsequently lost his focus on music until 2014, when he decided to get back on track and rap professionally. He made cameos on tracks by Meek Mill and Dave East before releasing his Don Season mixtape in 2016, as well as High Bridge the Label: The Takeover, Vol. 1, a collaboration with A Boogie. The following year he dropped Corner Stories, a mixtape that boasted appearances by Styles P, Jadakiss, and Fabolous, as well as production by Scott Storch and Murda Beatz. Soon after its release, Don Q signed to Atlantic, which issued Corner Stories Reloaded, a revamped, expanded edition of the mixtape. In 2018, he issued the Don Talk EP, featuring guests like Desiigner, Pusha T, and Tee Grizzley. ~ Paul Simpson

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