Don Ortiz, more commonly known as Don P (Don Perion), is a popular rapper/producer who gained notoriety in the music industry following the viral success of his first releases and continued growth - From being homeless to making 6-figures a year independently; All while being the most followed rap artist in Colorado.
Don P is the product of a broken home in the impoverished southwest side of Denver. Due to his mother going threw a drug-addiction during the 1980-1990's crack-epidemic, Don was raised by his father; a single construction worker who worked hard but still struggled to get by. Growing up most of his life in a one bedroom apartment, Don P rarely would invite friends over to avoid being embarrassed if they found out he slept on the couch and did not have a room of his own. Although his father did his best to make it feel like home, there was no avoiding the gun fights that happened outside regularly due to the local drug-dealers who lived across the street. Its events like these that were starting to shape a young Don's mind. Maybe a curse and a blessing, his father was injured at work which forced them to apply to Section 8 housing, something Don's father was against being dependent on, but had no choice while going through a lawsuit for his injury. The voucher allowed them to move into a house in a better neighborhood.
Around this time Don P was in middle school and started hanging with a different crowd and started to go down a different path; grades started declining, started wearing gang colors, ditching, fighting, tagging, smoking weed and just about everything else. This continued through high school and got worse when his closest friends started ending up dead or getting life sentences, his car getting shot up, house windows getting broke; none of which was deterring Don P at the time. It took getting into legal trouble himself and having all 4 of his friends in the case turn on him to get him to back away from the street. After receiving probation by the judge and a strict curfew, Don P began writing music to fill his time.
Don P's first song came in 2010 and was a remix to Cormega's "Take Mine" song; From here he continued to drop songs and started to build himself as a brand under his street name, "Fatal". Don P began building up a huge audience online and was doing 3-5 shows a month locally. In March of 2011 Don P has his first opening show performing before 32 Ent recording artist, OJ Da Juiceman who had just recently came to fame at the time with his single "Make tha Trap Say Aye" featuring platinum recording artist Gucci Mane of 1017 Brick Squad Records. Within 5 months of keeping contact with the label, Don P was offered a management deal with BSM which he accepted. He was first released to the industry with his first single "My Story" featuring Brick Squad/Zoe Pound artist Haitian Fresh. Don P and his music continued to gain support from people like Missy Elliott, Warren G, Cory Gunz and more. After 2 years, and with his growing connections, Don P decided to not renew his contract and started his own label.
Soon after Don P founded Mogul Gang Records. Being the only artist on the label, Don P still happened to get the attention of almost every artist in the state, and other states looking to sign to Mogul Gang Records. Little did they know, Don P was on the brink of becoming homeless. With Don P's fathers going to jail he was forced to take over his bills until he was released. With Don's music on hold, little job experience and a normal 9-5 not paying enough, he had to make money the only way he knew how; by hustling. He invested every dollar he had into product. After growing up seeing 4 of his older cousins in jail from husting and never wanting to do it himself, he tried it anyway and learned he was pretty good at it and began to shift all his focus to making money. With extra money Don P began making music again and telling stories of what he was going through in his music all while providing his followers with a first hand look at his lifestyle. Right when things were seeming under-control, Don P was told he had 30 days to move out of his house at a time when the rent prices doubled because the landlord felt it was the best time to sell the property to make the most money. Forced out, with money for hotels running out quick and nowhere to go, Don P became homeless.
Right at his lowest when he's driving around park to park just to kill time, it was about then that Don P's music began to start going viral and his social media page growing at 30,000+ people per week, reaching 200 million people a month. Business offers began coming in to the point Don P was now making more money than he ever made flipping, legally and without a label. In a years time Don P went from homeless to owning 2 luxury vehicles, buying his father a house and making over 6-figures a year independently. Don P continues to be the most followed rap artist in Colorado and is expanding his music career and label nationally and has even caught the attention of Rick Ross with his new single, "Hit The Block". Don P is currently working on his second mixtape, "The Weight Is Over" which is an album based on his story from an adolescent to an adult and the trials he overcame in the process. 2017 © Mogul Gang Records