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Artist on the Rise: Don Toliver

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at St. John's chapter.

Upcoming new artist, Don Toliver, has been featured in various recognized songs. One of his famous features is “Can’t Say”, with Travis Scott, Lemonade, Gunna, Lil Uzi Vert, and Internet Money. One song that climbed quickly up the charts is his catchy single, “No Idea”. This single gained traction on TikTok and other social platforms. He signed with Travis Scott’s label, Cactus Jack Records, and began his journey of produced and well known albums. His debut album, Donny Womack, came out in 2018 to showcase a new talent and unique style for the music industry. In December of 2019, he was featured in, “Jackboys”, alongside Sheck Wes, Travis Scott, Chase B, and more. His sophomore album, Heaven Or Hell, expresses his life’s ups and downs with songs like “Company”, “Heaven Or Hell”, “Can’t Feel My Legs”, and more.

 As he continued his journey and growth as an artist this year, he released, Life of a Don, on October 8th of 2021. Life of a Don consists of 16 tracks featuring Travis Scott, Kali Uchis, HVN, SoFaygo, and Baby Keem. Many well known producers also contributed to the album like Mike Dean, Metro Boomin, Mustard, Chase B, Hit-Boy, and more. Don Toliver showcases his talent, indulges in his own flow, and shows many emotions and stories within this album. Songs such as “Swangin On Westheimer”, “XSCAPE”, “Double Standards”, and “You” featuring Travis Scott, portray a slower and melodic tune that matches perfectly with his voice.“Drugs N Hella Melodies”, featuring Kali Uchis, was released in June 2021 and foreshadowed this new project with similar therapeutic melodies. It is worth highlighting all the instrumentals on this project and how impressive and enjoyable Don Toliver’s smooth voice mixes, allowing him to create a memorable experience every time one of his songs is played. 

While listening to this album, I felt as if I was entering his world and embracing every moment of it. One song that particularly stands out is, “OUTERSPACE”, featuring Baby Keem. The instrumental on the second half of this song is outstanding due to the contradictory beat change from the first half clashing perfectly, while the pace and vocals were delivered alongside Baby Keem’s flow. This album is definitely worth listening to and it showcases more of Don Toliver’s flows and ideas as an artist. It will be exciting to see how he grows and brings more of his incredible outros and vocals to the music industry in today’s society. Don shows great potential as a performer as well, and he translates his creations onto the stage where you can see his songs and creativity come to life. Overall, I can’t wait to see where Don Toliver takes us next with his future albums. So far, I haven’t been disappointed!

Melody Melo

St. John's '23

Hi! I'm Melody Melo I'm currently a sophomore at St. John's University and I'm majoring in legal studies with a minor in French. I love learning about different cultures and adventuring. I’m interested in philosophy and arts, and I enjoy expressing myself through my writing and style.