Song: J.R. Donato – “Trap Never Closed”

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Critical Praise:

“…he uses his voice and flow in unique ways that only someone who’s been writing for close to a decade could pull off”HotNewHipHop

“The future is looking type bright for J.R.”Fake Shore Drive

“At 21-years old, the Chi town native J.R. Donato has already accomplished a lot”GoodMusicAllDay

“Make it count and get in tune with Young Donato”onSMASH

“J.R. Donato is poised for mainstream success” – Dirty Glove Bastard

The Song: 

A veteran in the rap game at only 22, J.R. Donato is a flow architect with an engaging personality. Premiered today by Dirty Glove BastardTrap Never Closedis the first single from the Chicago artist’s upcoming Why So Serious? mixtape. Riding a percussive cadence over dramatic strings and drill synths, the Taylor Gang emcee celebrates his unbeatable work ethic and flexes his prized possessions, adding a memorable, stuttering hook for good measure. Releasing later this fall, Why So Serious is a proper follow-up to last year’s Fast Money & Freedom, his Taylor Gang debut, produced entirely by Sledgren. “Trap Never Closed” follows the release of “All That I Need,” a Fake Shore Drivepremiered loose video single filmed at Chicago’s Fat Tiger Workshop, and the HipHopDX-debuted “Not For None, which dropped in May and featured the rapper dancing around Inception-horns and spiraling sine waves, finding colorful new ways to boast about his lifestyle.

Born and raised on North Chicago, Illinois, J.R. Donato started rapping in his early teens, earning a local hit at age 13 under the name Young JR. During his junior year of high school, Donato supportedTwista on a regional tour and eventually caught the ear of Wiz Khalifa, who featured J.R. on his Cabin Fever 2 mixtape and later signed him to Taylor Gang Entertainment. Donato also contributed a standout verse to Wiz Khalifa‘s “Make a Play,” featured on the Billboard Top 10 peaking Khalifa album. Carefully planning his next move, J.R. Donato is honing his flow and perfecting his craft for his next breakthrough project. “I sound like myself. These days that’s not easy,” J.R. Donato explained in an interview withAllHipHop. “The line for originality is thin, but I think I can walk that line fine. Also all my music has a message in it so it’s always relatable, and that’s what the game needs.”

Watch to “Trap Never Closed”:

Listen to “Trap Never Closed”:

Check out Dirty Glove Bastard’s Premiere:

Purchase and stream Fast Money & Freedom: iTunes // SoundCloud

trap-never-closed-coverPlease contact Michelle or Dharmic if interested in speaking with J.R. Donato.

JR Donato Background:

J.R. Donato’s music can be summed up into three words; conceptual, vivid and thorough. His image, outlook on life and positivity that he brings to the hiphop community is a breathe of fresh air. His passion manifested itself early in the form of songwriting. “I always wrote about things I had been through or seen,” J.R. says. “I still do. Every song is another piece of my life and story.” Before J.R. reached his teenage years, he was already penning lyrics for himself and others. By the time he was 13, Young J.R. had a regional hit single “500 Degrees,” with a live performance presence that was unheard of for a kid who just left his teens. That led to other tracks like “Money On My Mind” and “We Be Rydin,” creating a sizeable buzz for young entertainer. He was popping up on mixtapes and performing at clubs he was too young to even attend.


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“Trap Never Closed”: YouTube // SoundCloud

“All That I Need”:

“Not for None”:

“Make It Count”:

Wiz Khalifa – “Outsiders” (J.R. Donato Remix):


“Don’t Go Nowhere”:

Fast Money & Freedom

“Mad At Me”:

“Life So Sweet”:

“Make It Count”:

“I Suppose”:

“Gotta Get It”:

“Some More”:

“Gimme That”:

“How It Feel” (ft. Iamsu!):

North Pole

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