After sitting down with the DMV’s Mr Don Panama last year, we had to check in with Mr Don Panama to see what he’s been up to the last few months and what we should expect going further. Check out the new updated interview with Mr Don Panama below!
ViewHipHop: Last time we spoke in august 2013 we got to get to know Mr Don Panama and your upbringing in the music industry, today we get to talk about what the last year has been like for you and what the next year is looking like for Mr Don Panama and Rich Boy Lifestyle.
Mr Don Panama: This last year has been full of work. A lot of Rich Boy Lifestyle brand expansion. A lot of the important work that has to be done behind the scenes to launch a successful brand and projects. Was invited to the BET Honors and BET Music Awards which was cool. This next year…I should say next 5 years we’ll be showing the world what we’ve known all along.
ViewHipHop: you are back on your grind again this summer promoting your new album “Look What You Made Me” – when is it releasing? tell us about the features and producers we will see on this project.
Mr Don Panama: “Look What You Made Me” is scheduled for the end of September. I have JRod Beatz out of South Carolina, Genius Boy, Venomous out of Canada. The album sounds nothing like any of the music that is out now.
ViewHipHop: Can you tell us why you chose your lead single “Should Be Looking For More” off the album to be your first major release?
Mr Don Panama: I didn’t choose it. My team did. The reaction I got from my team when they heard it was overwhelming. Also in an era where everybody is partying or getting high…I figure we go with something different. After the party is over and the high wears off, people usually find themselves “….Looking For More”
ViewHipHop: Is there a video planned for your “Should Be Looking For More” single? how many other tracks on the album should we expect a visual for?
Mr Don Panama: “Should Be Looking For More” video is done. Will be out in 2 weeks worldwide. If it were up to my partner Lefty The Goodfella we’d shoot a video for every song. Its safe to say we will have 8 or 9 videos and shorts. Artists like Beyonce, 50 Cent, and Rick Ross have definitely upped the bar for creating visuals for full length projects. This project will run for at least 18 months so expect a lot of videos….we even have a short film in production.
ViewHipHop: Besides the tracks on your “Look What You Made Me” album, will the fans be getting any releases of the extra tracks that didnt make the final album?
Mr Don Panama: At first we were going to release the tracks that didn’t make the album…like one every month or so… because they are really good and great songs. But we decided not to. We don’t want to confuse the fans. There’s more than enough on the album.
ViewHipHop: You’re releasing this album off your own label Rich Boy Lifestyle, what do you feel benefits you releasing it as an indie artist compared to some artists with deals and how they go about releasing their albums?
Mr Don Panama: We choose everything, singles, visuals, promo schedule, artwork, all unaltered. A label can get in the way if they don’t see your vision. A label is more about the dollars and cents naturally so your vision will without a doubt be compromised. That will only confuse the fans about who you truly are as an artist. We believe that if you put out the music that you truly believe in, then you win tenfold when you connect with the fans.
ViewHipHop: If Mr Don Panama had his own choice of labels, which would you sign to? or would you sign at all to a major? many artists now a days are gaining national attention going indie and that seems to be a popular choice now a days. Which route do you see for yourself?
Mr Don Panama: We’re not seeking a major record deal. We do everything ourselves, videos, recording, promotion etc. If an opportunity came along for brand expansion with a major then maybe….RocNation, LiveNation something along those lines.
ViewHipHop: From knowing your past and your work ethic, i am positive that your not only working on your album “Look What You Made Me” at the moment, what other projects are you personally working on for yourself and for the Rich Boy Lifestyle label?
Mr Don Panama: The album “Look What You Made Me” is done. Videos and Short film are in production. We’re focusing on touring. Also a joint project called “Masters Of The Craft” with myself and Lefty The Goodfella is in production as well…its going to be the new “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx”. We’re developing and seeking new talent as well so look for some singles and videos from other artists under the Rich Boy Lifestyle brand.
ViewHipHop: In the last year since we last spoke, how do you feel about your DMV area artists growing from where it was in 2013 to now?
Mr Don Panama: Man, the DMV is on fire. The industry is just starting to catch on, but the DMV has always had amazing talent. We are now coming to the forefront and in the next year you’ll see the mainstream music industry saturated with artists from the DMV.
1. He doesn't think he deserves you. To go more in depth...he thinks you will leave for someone better or more accomplished than him.
2. He doesn't like what he sees when he invisions a future with you.
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