Birth Name: Donnell Baylock
Stage Name: Da Blackness, (AKA. Kenny Gold)
Birth Place: West Side of Chicago, Illinois
Born to the young Dianne Baylock,Donnell was made a ward of the state at the age of 10 and remained in the state’s custody until the age of 18. Donnell attended Thornridge High School in Dolton, Illinois where he resided with his foster mother Mary L. Ball.
Despite the hard times and childhood obstacles, she encouraged Donnell to succeed and continue his education. Donnell flourished as a 2-time All State champion in Track and Field. After graduation from high school, he attended Lewis University through a Track and Field scholarship. As a member of the Lewis University Track and Field team, he won a National Championship Title, which led him to earn the All-American status.
As a student at Lewis University, Donnell majored in communication, which consisted of broadcasting live shows over Lock – 88.1 FM radio as a percentage of his overall grade. It was there that his admiration for becoming a lyricist began to grow and flourish. He saw both his potential and the effect he had on the ears of all the Hip-Hop listeners. This initiated a number of questions regarding his future and career.
The most important decision for him at this time was either to finish school or write and perform Hip-Hop. In December 1997 he laid his biological mother (Dianne Baylock) to rest, due to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), which was a turning point in his life. Donnell returned to school and realizing that much of his focus towards school and his athletic abilities had been lost, Donnell chose at that time to began his Hip-Hop career.
Donnell was inspired by all the trials and tribulations of his life as well as other Hip-Hop artists that went through similar situations, like Tupac (which is his favorite artist), Jay Z, Nas, Biggie and Em:nem who all taught him something.
Now as he brings it to the table, he wants his listeners to feel the pain and his struggles through his own rap music. Donnell focus’ his lyrics on his life and what he learned from growing up in the streets of Chicago.
He has achieved much on his road to get to a stage near you. The accolade that he is most proud of however, is the fact that he is the father of three special children. They are the heart of his life. So now……. let’s enter “Da Blackness”