Addonnis is a rising Hip Hop artist who was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio and is now
based in Los Angeles, California. Music is in Addonnis’ blood. As a child he grew up in a
household of artistic individuals. His father is a keyboardist and in his younger years
pursued a career as a singer. His Mother is a singer who sang in the chorus. His Younger
brother is an accomplished pianists and vocalist. At the age of 7, Addonnis began to
venture out into the arts, and began training as a classical pianist. Under the instruction of
his teacher, he mastered his craft and graduated from his program through the Trinity
College of Music in London at the age of 17 which is equivalent to a minor in Music at the
collegiate level. Although classical music is his background training, he always had a love
for hip hop.
|Current city||Los Angeles CA, USA|
|Birth Name||Addonnis Black|
Growing up, Addonnis listened to a wide variety of types of music including R&B, Pop,
Alternative Rock, but most notably Hip Hop. As a child, some of his favorite hip hop artists
included Lil’ Kim, Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, and Snoop Dogg. Addonnis admired their
level of creativity and confidence they exuded on tracks and this heavily influenced his
style of music. At the age of 13 Addonnis began to write his first raps. On his Myspace
page, he would rewrite and make his own versions of popular songs in the blog section.
With exposure to different styles of music has helped foster Addonnis’ desire to make
universal music that anyone can enjoy.
While talented artistically, Addonnis is also highly educated and has his Doctorate in
Pharmacy from Ohio Northern University. While pursuing his degree at Ohio Northern in
2010, Addonnis began to get in the studio and record his own hip hop music. He found it
fun yet challenging to make remixes to Hip Hop’s classic and current songs. In 2010 he put
out his first mixtape “The Coronation” which received over 1,000 downloads on DatPiff.
Paying My Dues
In 2011 he put out his follow up mixtape “Paying My Dues” which served as homage to all
artists who influenced his style and pursuit of music. “Paying My Dues” has received over
1500 downloads in on Datpiff. While he lived in Ohio, Addonnis performed in several local
venues across the state.
First LGBTQ battle rapper
In 2013 Addonnis began to pursue his new interest of battle rap and was a pioneer in the
genre as one of the first LGBTQ battle rappers in a heterosexual dominant field. Addonnis
faced a lot of adversity while pursuing battle rap but hoped that his courage and tenacity
would help open doors for other LGBT artists to participate as well. Throughout the
Midwest battle leagues, Addonnis was known for utilizing “Complex rhyme structures,
clever wordplay, and witty punchlines”. Due to the talent he displayed in his first battle,
he was offered a chance to compete in one of New York City’s largest battle league’s “King
of the Ring”. Addonnis continued to pursue battle rap until he graduated college with his
doctorate in Pharmacy in 2014.
In 2014, Addonnis moved to California. While living in California, Addonnis works full time
and pursues his music full time. After moving on from battle rap, Addonnis has decided to
focus more on making his own original music and aspires to make it mainstream.
Future LGBTQ artists
Addonnis hopes that by achieving this goal, that he would be able to open more doors for
future LGBTQ artists to get in the music industry.
Currently Addonnis is working on his debut “EP” titled Game Time. His first single “Level
Up” released was released in 2017 and has received over 28,000 streams on Spotify to
date. The music video has over 151,000 views on Facebook and 57,000 views on YouTube.
His second single “Strike A Pose”, has received over 56,000 streams on Spotify to date.
The Music video has over 24,000 views on YouTube and 130,000 views on Facebook.
Collectively, his YouTube channel has received over 200,000 views and has a lot of traffic.
These two singles enabled Addonnis to perform in over 5 music festivals across the nation
and over 7 local venues across the West coast. His latest single “Runway” has received
over 11,000 streams since its October 3, 2020 release. Addonnis is now gearing up to
release his highly anticipated music video for his song “Runway”. He is also gearing up to
release his debut album “Game Time” in Spring 2021.
Did You Know…
- His songs has been streamed over million times across all networks.
- Addonnis is also highly educated and has his Doctorate in
Pharmacy from Ohio Northern University.
- Addonnis began to write his first raps at the age of 13