Born and raised in Cleveland OH Donny Arcade producer/artist contributes to the next generation of hip hop with a style like no other. All in one package Donny Arcade is here to put Cleveland on the map forever… Donny Arcade is currently featured on EA Sports Fight Night Round 3 with the song Knock em Down performed by L.T.D.A for booking and info please send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
DONNY ARCADE “USED TO KNOW”
Cleveland emcee, Donny Arcade isn’t exactly a newbie on KevinNottingham.com. You may remember the name from his recent full length debut, P.A.Y.O.R. or you may have caught his collabs with Phoenix Jones and DJ Chong Wizard or as part of the group The Plague Co. At any rate, if you’re not up on him, now’s your chance to get familiar. Hit the jump the get to know Donny Arcade…
Donny Arcade aka The Playboy Genius !!
Is Donny Arcade your given name? If not, how did you come up with it?
Donny is my birth name but Arcade was a nickname giving to me by my friends coming up. I used to sell video games and be good at them too. Plus I had a lot of game for the ladies. So, it was a natural fit.
Main musical inspirations:
Being from Cleveland we would hear everything on the radio from funk to rock. It was like a melting pot for music but my inspiration came from original artist like Slick Rick, LL Cool J, Jimi Hendrix Michael Jackson and anybody who was creative. The first two albums I ever owned were Michael Jackson Bad & LL Cool J Bad. I threw a fit in the record store to get both and my Mom bought me both records. So, those two records inspired me a lot.
When did you fall in love with hip hop?
I was born into it. My older brother and my uncle had a breakdancing crew. When I was about 5 years old I remember hearing Trans Europe Express and seeing cartboard on the floor. I was doing shows with them all over. That’s when I fell in love with Hip-Hop.
Current projects we should be looking out for:
I just released my debut album P.A.Y.O.R. which stands for Play At Your Own Risk. It’s currently available for free download. I’m already working the follow up it’s called Hybrid Music. Look out for that it’s gonna be crazy. We also have the second album from The Plague Co. Its called Black Super Villain Music. We doing that with LT Moe. If y’all didn’t know The Plague Co. is the group. Members include Buddy Boie, Okelis & myself. Machine Killers 2 with Phoenix Jones and DJ Chong Wizard is also in the works. Besides that Ijust been grinding making beats and directing videos.
Previous work that we should know about:
A few years back me and LT Moe had the oppertunity to place a song on the Fight Night Round 3 video game. The song is called Knock Em Down. Its under the name LTDA. That was my first anything and it happened to be one of my favorite games. So, that was pretty cool. Shout out to EA Sports! We also did a mixtape with Chamillionaire & Stat Quo called Big Business. Shout out to them too. We also dropped the Machine Killers mixtape with Phoenix Jones , DJ Chong Wizard & DJ G-Spot. Besides that I been quiet in the lab with plans to take over the world.
You produce also… what’s your equipment setup like?
My set up is real simple. Reason 4, a midi keyboard, protools and hard drives full of sounds and samples. I may have one of the biggest sample collections in the world.
If you had to pick one song that defines your career to date, what song would that be?
I would say “Staying Alive” by the Bee Gees because I’m still here and stronger than ever. I seen a lot and had a lot of people try to take me off my path. When I get my Grammy I’m gonna request they play that song for me.
Why should the readers and fans give you a shot and listen to your music from here on out?
I feel everyone should give me shot because the music I bring to the table is truly artistic and original . I’m the evolution of a MC. I do everything from the production, the writing, the engineering, all the way to the booth. You will never get the same song from me. I can reinvent my sound at anytime.
If you could only take one record on a deserted island with you, what album would that be?
I would have to take the Bone Thugs-n-Harmony E 99 Eternal.
What’s next for you?
More music, more production and more videos from me. Infinty is the limit!
Any shout outs or last words?
Shout out to every single person that’s helped me get here and every single person that will take me to the next level. 216 Cleveland up the way, down the way! I love y’all! Big shout out to you Kevin! Thank you so much
NOW PEEP THE HITS FROM DONNY ARCADE!!
DONNY ARCADE – OUT OF SITE prod by KILLAH KALAM
SHOUT OUT TO THE PLAGUE CO.!
THE PLAGUE CO. – FRIGHTENING YA prod by L.T mOE
DONNY ARCADE – FALLING FEAT THRILLA (HIGH DEFINITION)
STAY ON THE LOOK OUT FOR THE EXCLUSIVE ALBUM “The Return Of The Spaceman!!!!
Donny Arcade – Cigarillos & Ciroc.
CLEVELAND STAND UP!! DONNY ARCADE!! LTDA!! THE PLAGUE CO.! LETS GOOOO!!!