D.O.N was raised by his Grandparents, Clarence and Lilly Cook, on 5th Avenue in the Seminary Lane housing projects. Growing up D.O.N’s grandparents were known in the neighborhood has the local ‘bootleggers’. Showing D.O.N from a very early age how to hustle and earn a dollar. Selling loose cigarettes and sodas on his front porch before jumping off and heading to the streets themselves. Followed by numerous fights, stints in jail, and even shootouts, D.O.N continues to find his way to the ‘top of the pile’ and never stops hustling. Overcoming many obstacles and hardships in life to achieve his goals and dreams.
D.O.N. is not only a father of three (3) daughters but a husband as well. He and his wife, Laverne Jackson, were married on April 16th, 2011. D.O.N.’s daughter Trinity Jackson also has a joy and passion for music like her father. They are often in the studio together and you can find her name in many of D.O.N.’s writer’s and producer’s credits.
His stage name, D.O.N. is not only a play on his own name but is an acrostic for ‘Doin Only Numbas’ which is a movement/mind. Symbolizing getting money, whatever you’re doing, your “doin only numbas” to get money.
Influenced by legendary artists like Scarface, Tupac, Biggie, N.W.A., Eightball/MJG, T.I., Master P, Cash Money, Pastor Troy, Nipsey Hussle, & James Prince. It’s the influence and inspiration from legends like these that D.O.N. felt the pull to hit the studio and show the newer generation what they’d been missing.
D.O.N. started his label, Street Kartel Music, in 2012. D.O.N first mixtape, I Stand Alone, dropped in 2013. Realizing he needed more knowledge, experience, and strategy for the next project D.O.N took a step back to ‘see the bigger picture’ so to speak and set out to find all the info he needed to make his passion a career. Attending conferences, panels and other various networking events soaking up all the knowledge offered and available from those in attendance. Coming back stronger than ever with his current single ‘Slide Wit It’, which you can find on ALL streaming platforms.