Denver rapper Donnie Raven makes his debut in a major way with “Rainin’,” a straight-up lyrical showcase featuring a guest verse from wordplay assassin Elzhi, with production supplied by your favorite producer’s favorite producer…Nottz Raw!
It may be his first single ever—and it stems from his upcoming ‘Livelihood‘ EP—but Raven sounds as put-together and confident as someone who’s been doing this for years. That could be because he cut his teeth as a freestyle champion in his high school years. And even though he’s moved on to fully structured, carefully crafted songs, he hasn’t lost the clever wordplay that permeated his come-up.
It’s only fitting, then, that his debut track is an exercise in top-tier wordplay alongside a master of the form. Raven and Elzhi trade verses that are brimming with quotables like “Raising the bar like it’s my only daughter” and “I’m flyer than aeronautical engineering.” But the track is actually grounded by feelings of inspiration and hope, thanks in part to Shyne The Goddess’ powerful hook and Nottz’s crunchy, uplifting production.
“Rainin’” is a powerful cut, and it signifies a bright future for Donnie Raven. The single is available now for stream and download through all major DSPs, and can be purchased for Instant Grat off the iTunes’ pre-order of for ‘Livelihood.’ The six track EP, which is primarily produced by Nottz, is set to drop Thursday, Sept 27.
01. Vapor Trail (prod. by Nottz)
02. Rainin’ (feat. Elzhi) [prod. by Nottz]
03. #100 (prod. by Eddy Mugre)
04. Mack Out Money (prod. by DLZMKSBTS)
05. Dirt (prod. by Eddy Mugre)
06. Vibin’ (prod. by Nottz)