Indy Spotlight: DON PABLITO’

Explain who you are for those who may not know

Don Pablito, the Gangster from Jamaica Queens, Lyrical Giant. Realest rapper in the game.

How did you come up with your name?

The admiration for the biggest drug dealer in history. Don Pablo Escobar

Where are you from?

South Jamaica Queens

How did you get started in music?

Hip hop culture is my environment, i didn’t have to go far. Growing up on my block you had to be nice at whatever it is you claimed to be doing. I was putting words together at 10 years old.

Who are your influences? 

LL Cool J, Nas, BIG, Jay, Camron, Snoop, 2Pac

How would you describe your sound? 

New York Purified

Where do you find your motivation?

Waking up wanting more in life. Seeing my family rich is what motivated me.

What are you currently working on?

Making the best music i can. Building my brand and label Black Mrkt Commission

What’s your goals?

Becoming the biggest representative for NYC and the West Coast

Anything else you’d like to say? 

BiggieJiggaDon album is out now!

DON PABLITO’s music is suffused with his story, his struggles, and especially his triumphs. Born Kashif Dove in South Jamaica Queens during the height of the 80’s crack epidemic, DON’s upbringing was anything but easy: both parents were incarcerated before he turned 18, and his efforts to pull himself out of the trap, though largely successful, led to repeated run-ins with New York law enforcement. Deciding that he needed a change of scenery, DON switched coasts and relocated to South Central LA, where he began to focus on his music career in earnest. Collaborations with Jay Rock (TDE/Interscope) followed, and he began releasing records under the name “All Over Chief”. DON  released SUMMER OF CHIEF to critical acclaim and followed up his success with SUMMER OF CHIEF 2, in which he traded bars with A$AP Rocky on “BAKING SODA” and Dipset’s Jim Jones on “BOILIN.” The DON even received a co-sign from lyrical heavyweight Jadakiss. However, DON’s success was short-lived. Police raided his trap house and he was again arrested for selling heroin–but this time, he spent time behind bars. DON PABLITO has since returned to his bicoastal life and completely dedicated it to music. With the release of BIGGIE JIGGA DON, he promises to return hip-hop to the feel of classic records like Ready To Die and Reasonable Doubt.  DON’s music is raw, gritty, and emotional but most of all, it is real. Prepare yourself.

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