New Orleans East native Don Flamingo (fka The Show) has been on his grind lately. In 2016, he released three EPs and a mixtape, all part of his #NevaSayDie series. His hustle paid off this April, earning him a deal with JAY-Z’s RocNation. On Thursday, Nov. 14, he’ll play the House of Blues alongside Deante Hitchcock, in support of Grammy nominee and fellow RocNation signee, Rapsody (Rapsody’s Laila’s Wisdom just nabbed some Grammy noms, including Hip-Hop Album of the Year).
“RocNation is family,” Flamingo told Offbeat.com. “They genuinely support me as an artist. I have an opportunity to shed light back onto our city and bring back REAL rap and real experiences that people are able to relate to. Our city is full of life and character, and with RocNation behind me, it’s only a matter of time. The rest of the world will recognize and support us!”
Flamingo is currently working on his Roc Nation debut, which he plans to call God Body. “It’s Godly,” he said. “I have a real God-like flow on this album.” The project does not yet have an official release date, but Flamingo says he will be dropping new tracks and features to keep us satisfied while we wait. He shared with us some exciting details about a major collaboration on the horizon, but for now, fans will have to be satisfied with the element of surprise…
Being from New Orleans is essential to Flamingo’s identity (a fact made clear on his recent single and anthem for all things regional, “Slanguage,” the remix of which features New York rap icons The Lox). “In my opinion, we are the most influential city when it comes down to creativity, especially the music,” he said. “There are two types of people in the world: The ones from New Orleans and the ones who wished they were from New Orleans. Being an artist from NOLA means being able to share to the world our culture and what it really means to be from the Big Easy… And not what people portrayed it to be. I have the opportunity to share my life experiences and give people a new meaning of embracing New Orleans for its true culture.”
Tickets for the House of Blues show are available now for $15.