"Hottest Breakthrough MCs of 2010" Candidate: Donnis
Donnis sticks out like a sore thumb when you compare him to others in the Atlanta rap scene. In fact, with outlandish, oversize personalities like Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka Flame and Young Jeezy, he probably has a tough time getting noticed. But the young ATLien is paving his own lane.
When Donnis released his first mixtape, [article id="1626104"]Diary of an ATL Brave,[/article] last year, more and more fans took notice. The mixtape's "everyman rap" helped him land a spot in [article id="1632863"]XXL's 2010 Freshmen 10 issue[/article].
Donnis recently released his latest mixtape, Fashionably Late, which he said was a whole different experience. When MTV News caught up with Donnis at the photo shoot for [article id="1639454"]T.I.'s clothing line, Akoo[/article], he said he was a lot more comfortable this time around.
"The last one [Diary of an ATL Brave], I was at my mom's crib, trying to get it in, sleeping on the floor in Brooklyn, and I ain't, like, super great now, but it's a lot more comfortable," Donnis explained.
"I think [there's] a lot more confidence when you get co-signs from people like [Jason Jeter] and Tip and Needles and Killer Mike calling your phone. It's some of your idols," he added. "When they telling you good job, and XXL giving you an XL on your first time out, it gives you a little confidence."
Despite the high praise and acknowledgement, Donnis said he's still hungry. He also said he's planning to work with some of his fellow up-and-coming MCs. He's good friends with [article id="1642599"]Pill[/article] and Freddie Gibbs, and they plan to collaborate. He's had discussions with [article id="1642348"]Jay Rock[/article] and even Wiz Khalifa about doing a remix of [article id="1635964"]his song "Gone."[/article]
Donnis and 19 other up-and-coming MCs are in the running to become MTV News' [article id="1642015"]"Hottest Breakthrough MC of 2010"[/article] — and the winner will be decided by you!
Cast your vote for the "Hottest Breakthrough MC of 2010" right here. The top five will be revealed beginning July 19, and the winner will be announced on the "Sucker Free Summit" July 25!