Mekka Don is a hip-hop artist, attorney, and entrepreneur who has led the pack in revolutionizing the way Independent artists fund their music production and generate revenue. In 2014, Mekka Don crowdfunded his debut album with a goal of raising $12,500 in 35 days. In that time he raised over $21,000 – over 150% of his goal. As a result he was featured on several news media from MTV News, Yahoo!, to The Source Magazine. Most importantly, he was able to successfully release his album (“The Dream Goes On”) which reached #2 on Amazon’s “hottest releases” in the first week.
Being an attorney also helped Mekka Don navigate the business side of the music industry, and as a result he has signed over a dozen music licensing agreements with various companies and networks including: The Ohio State University, ESPN Networks, Big Ten Network, 10TV, Big East Network, and many more. Additionally, Mekka Don’s music has been played on WNCI, Power 107.5, Sunny 95, Sirius Radio, at The Schottenstein Center, and at every home game in The Shoe (OSU) the past two years.
Mekka Don is from Columbus, Ohio but currently lives in New York City. He is a former Ohio State University football player where he graduated cum laude with a degree in Political Science (c/o 2002) in only three years and was a member of OSU’s Homecoming court. He then went on to get his J.D. from NYU School of Law. Upon graduation, Mekka Don practiced as an attorney in New York at Weil, Gotshal, and Manges before jumping out on his own to pursue his musical and entrepreneurial dreams. His motto is, “Follow Your Heart, But Use Your Brain.”