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Donovan Johnson (born July 9, 1985) better known by his stage name XV is an American rapper, singer and songwriter from Wichita, Kansas. He first gained major attention after the release of his twelfth mixtape Everybody's Nobody. In which he received … see full wiki

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Another one of the coolest nerds around

  • Jan 20, 2011
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I'm fairly certain that fans of hip hop are tired of what's being played on the radio now. The same playlist of 5 songs over and over again.

XV is a refreshing change from the norm and definitely different from most rappers. First of all, he claims that he doesn't smoke or drink. Say what?! So right off the bat, I give him a huge amount of credit considering that the industry is overflowing with drugs/alcohol/temptation.

But outside of that, XV raps about nerdy things like video games, 90's shows, comic books and raps about other issues like growing up and dreams by using clever metaphors: "I never ran track but I chased my dreams".

He's already collaborated with big name artists in his young career: Talib Kweli, J. Cole, Kid Cudi, and Kanye West just to name a few.

I also listen to a lot of Japanese hip-hop so I was pleasantly surprised when I found out he collaborated with who I consider Japan's finest producer Bach Logic:

Perhaps the most impressive piece to his resume is his mixtape titled, "40 days & 40 nights" where he delivered a new song every  morning and night for 40 days/nights. To say the least, I enjoyed every part of it.

XV announced that he signed a deal with Warner Bros. and I'm looking forward to his album titled, "The Kid With the Green Backpack", scheduled to drop in 2011. So with that and Lupe's next album set for this year, it'll be a good year for the cool nerds in hip hop.

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February 15, 2011
His music and him himself sound refreshing to the music industry! Thanks for sharing!
February 16, 2011
We probably won't hear him all over the radio but at least we'll know good music still exists! Thanks for reading =)
February 15, 2011
I've never heard of this guy but, I love nerdy hip-hop and I also like hip-hop that goes back to its roots- raps about life and having a good time. Great review, Peter! I'm going to share this on my Hip-Hop Culture Facebook page and share the wealth :) I think we deserve a good year in hip-hop, it's been far too long. Can't wait to go check out this mixtape! Thanks!
February 16, 2011
Glad I could help pass on good music! Thanks for reading! P.S. I also 'liked' your hip-hop culture page! =)
February 16, 2011
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