Video: J.R. Donato – “Can’t Tell Me Nothin”

Taylor Gang’s Chicago Representative Takes Charge in Visual Released on Lyrical Lemonade 


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 Video: 

Blessed with a prodigious gift for rhyming, Chicago North-Sider J.R. Donato is a veteran in the rap game at only 23 years of age. Cementing his place in the scene, Donato stunts in his leaned-out Can’t Tell Me Nothin visual, which is from the Taylor Gang member’s 2016 Why So Serious? mixtape. Directed by Cole Bennett of Lyrical Lemonade, “Can’t Tell Me Nothin” has J.R. Donato mobbing with his crew and laying down rhymes over a piano-laden beat. “I got money, you can’t tell me nothin/ no discussion, you can’t tell me nothin.”

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 supported Twista 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. Though Taylor Gang’s recent TGOD Vol. 1 collaborative mixtape features a tracklist loaded with stars such as Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, and Ty Dolla $ign, the Gang demonstrated their confidence in the young rapper when they chose his “All Winter” banger as the first track on the project.

In Fall 2016, J.R. Donato released his Why So Serious? mixtape, filled with head-nodding, percussive flows, rhythmic hooks, and clever lyrical couplets. The project equally appeals to party-starters and smokers, featuring guest appearances from Wiz Khalifa, Sosamann, and Levi Carter. In his recent Up NeXt feature on HipHopDX, J.R. Donato expressed his vision of stardom. “Yes, I feel like I got one foot in now, I feel like I’m almost there,” he says. “I’m working on making a hit that will change everything – I have a few in the bag that we’ll need to push to become hits. I want to show people that I can rap my ass off, I have the potential.”

J.R. Donato is gearing up for his Freakin & Geekin Tour with Kap G – fans can catch the two artists on the road starting this February.

Watch “Can’t Tell Me Nothin”:

Download Why So Serious? on LiveMixtapes:

Download TGOD Vol. 1

Please contact Kyle Carter and Christian Damon for tour and booking inquiries.

Please contact Michelle or Dharmic for more info.

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,” the Chicago native 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 entered 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. This led to mentorship from hometown hero Twista and eventually being signed by Wiz Khalifa to Taylor Gang. Since then J.R. has been grinding, joining Wiz and Taylor Gang on several tours, and releasing three mixtapes: North Pole, Fast Money & Freedom, and most recently Why So Serious? Packed with head-nodding, percussive flows, rhythmic hooks, and clever lyrical couplets, Why So Serious? is a level up for Donato, boasting the strongest bars and song craftsmanship of his career and promising hint of what J.R. Donato has to offer.


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“Can’t Tell Me Nothin”:

“Trust No More”:

Why So Serious?:

“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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