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Conversations with Donny Letgo

Today we’d like to introduce you to Donny Letgo.

Hi Donny, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I grew up on the east coast living between Philadelphia and Bucks County. Growing up, I always idolized my older brother and cousin. They both loved hip hop, so I grew up listening to people like Dipset, Eminem, Meek Mill, and Lil Wayne. After I got injured from playing sports at a young age, I spent a lot of time listening to music, watching music videos, and playing video games like Def Jam. I spent a lot of time with my older brother and his friends so when I got around people my own age, I felt like I was way different. My level of maturity, thoughts, ideas, plans looked nothing like there’s. I started drinking, smoking, and using drugs at a young age. It made me feel more confident, more artistic, and I was accepted everywhere as long as I supplied the goods. Eventually, I started realizing my classmates talking about college and careers or opportunities. All I had been thinking about was the next party or making my next rap song. I thought school was a place where they baby sat you for 8 hours and would teach things that you would never need to apply in the future. I skipped school a lot and barely graduated.

Towards the end of high school, my cousin passed away and my brother joined the Air Force. I was separated from the two people I idolized and thought would always be there. My family felt broken to me. It felt like everyone kept to themselves and bottled emotions so we didn’t really get together often or talk with each other that much. This made me extremely frustrated and depressed, and I would drink and use drugs everyday. So many people that were once close to me started either Overdosing or going to jail. I thought I was on the same path as them and I could not see any way off of that road. My entire world became about drugs, rapping, and talking about dreams. I have ended up in many rehabs, institutions, and correctional facilities. I became spiritually bankrupt. I would bounce in and out of halfway houses, collecting sober time, and work all types of construction jobs to try to pay for rent and studio time. Eventually, I met Ryze who is one of my best friends today. We recorded a whole mixtape and shot a music video and it started to feel like I had arrived. This was a time in my life where I was truly happy. We both felt like music was our way out and we both had the faith that it was going to be our ticket to a better life. Shortly after all that, I had fell back into the spiral of my addictions… At this point, I just felt defeated. I knew my friends, my family, the doctors, the therapist, that none of them could really help me. I was beyond the help of human aide. I had finally cried out to God and sent some prayers and decided to surrender. I wasn’t thinking about the music, a career, or relationships. I just wanted to feel like life was worth living. I knew I had to get out of the environment I was in for me to truly have a shot at living. God answered my prayers while I was in rehab giving an honest shot to let him in my life and make a change. I was scholarshipped to an institution in California.

I became more and more open to the possibility that there is a god and that he loves and wants me to live a full life. I began to do everything I could to ensure a road to recovery. I met someone with a tattoo machine at my first halfway house in California. He saw me drawing one day and asked me to tattoo him. I did five tattoos on him that day. He then gave me his tattoo machine and asked me to keep tattooing and said he would be happy knowing that I’m pursuing art. I soon later met a producer named Crokeyon10 and he has become like a brother to me. He’s pushed me to keep making music, keep tattooing, and the push to stay in recovery. He’s truly been an angel in my life. Today I have my family back in my life, GodGod in my life, music, art, and some amazing friends in my life. I’ve been blessed to have my friends in AO$, my friends in recovery, and my brothers and sisters in Christ. I have over One and a half years of sobriety. I have hope. I don’t know where God will bring me in the future, but I do know that I have faith that if I continue this work that he will open the doors to an abundant and full life. I hope that I can inspire and minister to people in my future, that it is possible. That God will do the heavy lifting as long as you perform the work.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Life today is a lot more smoother. I’ve battled with alcoholism and addiction. I have struggled financially. Living in LA can be expensive, but I feel like this is where I need to be. I’ve struggled with finding jobs that can support my finances and dreams. I’ve had struggles with being open to people and letting people in my life. I used to struggle with depression. I struggled to understand God and his plan for me. There’s been a ton of challenges to my progression. I let go and let god today. He seems to have a better plan for me. Every time I’ve tried to control and do everything on my own, I only got in my own way.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am an Artist. I make music, I tattoo, and I paint. I work a Labor Day job to pay the bills and fund my passions. I would say I’m known for being a good man, friend, and artist in recovery. I’m most proud of my art. I love seeing my friends listening to my music or seeing people proudly show off the tattoos I’ve done on them. All the glory goes to god. I could never of built this life without his care and protection. I think what sets me apart from others is how authentic and thorough I am. I wear my heart on my sleeve and am proud of the man I am today. I have a testimony and talents where I get to tell my story. I believe I can help where other people/artists can’t. People need to hear and see the hope and I hope to offer that.

Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
What truly makes me happy is when I feel that God is right here with me. It’s like an overflow of relief and serenity. I stopped relying on people, places and things to make me happy. Having a connection to god and truly feeling it is something so incredibly amazing and special. I feel useful and victorious knowing I walk with god.

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