Djoudrjy Chiffra also known as DJ Da Don is an Haitian artist and super producer. Born September 21, 1988 in Haiti, it wasn’t long before his parents emigrated to the musically and culturally diverse melting pot known as Miami, Florida. Years later he moved to the murder capital of the United States, where he began to run around with the likes of company such as Chief Keef, Lil’ Reese, and other affluent members of the street gang “300.” DJ, as he’s known by those close to him, was headed down a similar path of destruction like many Chicago youth residing on the Southside—until he was introduced to a producer from 300 by the name of Young Chop. Absorbing game from the young rapper, producer, and record executive, it wasn’t long before DJ began showing interest in the music industry.
In 2011, he started working on his own music, crafting beats for Chicago rappers like Sosa, Lil’ Durk, and more. Influenced by his upbringing in the streets, he resonated with artists such as Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, and Gucci, rappers who masterfully cultivated hood tales from their own authentic experiences. Grounded by his Haitian heritage, DJ Da Don used that as a means of establishing connections with other Haitian-American producers, artists, and promoters. Over the course of his career, he’s accumulated producer credits from global artists such as Moneybagg Yo, NBA Youngboy, and Tee Grizzley, just to name a few. With one of his many goals being to put producers from the Midwest on the map, he also desires to get back to his Miami roots by incorporating elements found in tracks by Miami natives like Trina, Ice Billion Berg, and Ball Greezy. DJ Da Don has been featured in publications such as “On The Come Up Magazine,” and has built up an impressive organic following on Instagram.
His secret? Being a genuine person and fostering meaningful relationships with the artists he’s worked with. This sense of relatability has landed him access on tours featuring Lil’ Durk, Yella Beezy, and Da Baby. So, who is DJ Da Don On Da Track? The world is about to find out.
One West: You came along way from the kid from Miami. What has the city taught you?
DJ Da Don: In Miami, I was able to see both sides of the fence. I was able to see the poverty side and the rich side. Therefore, the city taught me how to be an all-around hustler. When you know what the bottom looks like, it helps you to understand the importance of success.
One West: Who are you currently working with?
DJ Da Don: Currently, I’m working with Black Youngsta and Plies. I’m also working with Money Man. Expect to hear new music dropping this year.
One West: How does your Haitian heritage play a factor in the morals you stand by in this industry? What do you value?
DJ Da Don: My people value loyalty, respect, and honesty. In our opinion, the hard-worker is the “upstanding person.” All of these characteristics are embedded in me. They also represent what I expect in return. When people in the industry recognize that you are real, they flock to you. It’s establishes a relationship that is deeper than music. When people like you for being you, sometimes they do business with you out of love.
One West: Tell me about a few projects you currently are working on?
DJ Da Don: In addition to my other projects, I’m working on a soundtrack for Models Basketball League. During the games and half-time sessions, you will be able to hear beats by yours truly, DJ da Don. I’m also working on projects for Le’Veon Bell and Super Bowl star cornerback Bashaud Breeland of the Kansas City Chiefs.
One West: What legacy are you trying to create with the music?
DJ Da Don: I just want to be one of the best to do it. I want to be a G.O.A.T.!
One West: What can we expect from you in 2020?
DJ Da Don: In 2020, expect more hits, more artists, and more tours!
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