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At just 22 years old, Chicago’s J.R. Donato—born Demetrius Gordon, Jr.—already has more than nine years in the rap game under his belt. But this isn’t just nine years of hallway freestyles and playground ciphers: by the time he reached his twenties, J.R. had already been mentored by hometown hero Twista and signed by Wiz Khalifa to his Taylor Gang label. From swiping his dad’s Tupac CDs out of the family car to begging his grandma for a copy of Get Rich or Die Trying for Christmas, JR was surrounded by music at a young age in his hometown of Waukegan, just north of Chicago. Soon, he was determinedly handing out burned CDs of his own music to his classmates, recorded at his dad’s studio; finding his hard work left scattered on the ground by disinterested peers only fueled his ambitions. By 13, he’d already landed a local hit, “500 Degrees,” under the name Young JR. Not long after, JR caught the attention of Twista, Chicago’s first bonafide rap star. He joined the veteran on high school tours throughout Chicago, spreading his buzz from the North side and beyond and seeing his city from a whole new perspective.

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On Tour with Kap G, JR Donato Enlists Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign, & More for New EP”
On Tour with Kap G, TGOD’s J.R. Donato Shares a New Hustler’s Anthem with Wiz Khalifa”
Wiz Khalifa, J.R. Donato, and Chevy Woods Have Money and Weed to Burn in “The Man”
Taylor Gang’s J.R. Donato Going on Tour with Kap G, Releases “Can’t Tell Me Nothin” Video
Taylor Gang’s J.R. Donato Can’t Figure Out Who to “Trust No More”
J.R. Donato is a Joker and a Smoker on Why So Serious?
For J.R. Donato, The Trap Stays Open Like 7-11
Codeine, Mountain Dew, Weed: All That J.R. Donato Really Needs
Taylor Gang’s J.R. Donato Throws Down in His Hometown in “Not for None”
Debuted by Mass Appeal, the 21-Year-Old Chicago Emcee Follows His Fast Money & Freedom Project With A New Visual
Wiz Khalifa Grabs Taylor Gang Up-N-Comer J.R. Donato for the “Outsiders” Remix, Debuted by 2DopeBoyz
A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Making of the 21-Year-OId Taylor Gang Rapper’s Fast Money & Freedom EP
The Taylor Gang Rapper Releases Visuals for Sledgren-Produced Track off His Recent Fast Money & Freedom EP
The 21 Year-Old Chicago-bred Taylor Gang Rapper Teams Up With Producer Sledgren For a Hazy, Hypnotic EP
The North Chicago Rapper Shares the Fourth Single from Upcoming Fast Money & Freedom EP, Debuted by GoodMusicAllDay
The 21-Year-Old North Chicago Rapper Shares the Latest Video Single From His Fast Money & Freedom EP, Debuted by HipHopDX
The 21-Year-Old Taylor Gang Rapper Shares the Sledgren & RMB Justize-Produced Second Single From His Forthcoming Fast Money & Freedom Project, Debuted By DJBooth

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