Donnis

Atlanta rapper Donnis returns to the home that gave him his first shot, Fool’s Gold Records … and reveals his first project, set for July.

The rapper originally inked a deal with the Brooklyn-based imprint back in 2009 for the official release of his single “Gone,” off his debut mixtape Diary of an ATL Brave. It was a one-off though, but they’ve since maintained a tight relationship, says Donnis.

Following the single release, the rapper would go on to land a spot on XXL magazine’s 2010 Freshman Class list, and eventually signed with Atlantic Records in early 2010. After a brief stint with the major — which resulted in the release of his commercial debut, an EP titled Fashionably Late that same year — he returns to Fool’s Gold three years later.

In recent interview with XXLMag.com, Donnis discussed his history with the label and his relationship with its founder DJ A-Trak, explaining that he had maintained a tight relationship with both the company and DJ throughout his career, even while he was serving overseas in the military.

He also added that he’s happy joining 2012 Freshman alumni Danny Brown as a labelmate.

“The Fool’s Gold sh** goes way back; me and Fool’s Gold always had a super dope relationship,” he said. “When I was in the military, A-Trak would reach out to me on MySpace. It was only right for me to go back and get it in with the family.

“Danny [Brown]’s the homie … anytime I met him, man, he was extra thorough.”

Also during his recent chat with XXL, Donnis offered some insight into his impending first project with the label, an EP titled Break Hundreds and Hearts, set to drop this July, revealing that 2 Live Crew and their Miami bass sub-genre serves as inspiration.

“[Break Hundreds and Hearts is] really bass heavy and we wanted to go back and give people what they really like in music,” Donnis explained. “I went back to listen to Luke, 2 Live Crew and listened to the drums and how the bass was different. It’s bass heavy with a different sound.”