Review: ‘Donovan Bogney’
Donovan Bogney is an 18-year-old rapper and producer based in Allen, Texas. His self-titled debut EP is a blend of furious anthemics and endearing, downtempo vibes, and any song off of “Donovan Bogney” deserves a spot on anyone’s playlist.
The first track, with a title referencing Migos’ “Bad and Boujee,” gives the EP a strong start. With production from James Gorczyca, “Drop Top’s” beat is as trap as it gets. Plucking synths and snippy hi-hats loop throughout this cut, with Bogney rapping through a lo-fi filter that suits the mood of the song. The catchy melody and chorus is going to rattle in my head for days, and I’m definitely not complaining.
“NO PHONE CALLS,” produced by Xeno, opens with a sparkly electric piano. It’s pretty and sweet. Which is why it’s a shock when Bogney delivers a verse at breakneck speed at the two-minute mark. It’s a pleasant surprise, and it gives the track, one that’s already distinct and creative, an even more unique edge. The song ends with layered, chorus-like riffs from Bogney, almost gospel-like, that gives a fitting conclusion to an uplifting rhythm.
Bogney’s lyricism is charmingly confident; he’s self-assured without coming off as inflated. On “Drop Top,” Bogney explains the vision he has for himself, “playing on MTV” and “tryin’ to be heard all around the nation.” His vision isn’t one of financial success, he “don’t care about the money,” only “about his happiness.” The way Bogney delivers this suave assertiveness is just as personal, his flow is unique, and reflective of who he is as a person.
My personal favorite is the second track “Wishing Well,” produced by Kale Capton, a cut that features Bogney’s mother. They’re a captivating duo. Their voices compliment each other well, and there’s warm vibes radiating throughout the beat. Here, lyrics get a little more introspective. Bogney questions his potential fame, and his sense of self-awareness is refreshing. He reveals his slight anxiety and his “uncertainty, do I represent my morals and my own beliefs?” The couplets come so quick, it’s easy to miss the depth in them, but it’s not a bad track to have to play on repeat once or twice. Or thirty times. It’s a great track.
Overall, Bogney’s debut is strong, solid and resonant. He’s proved himself as an artist with merit and individuality, and I anxiously anticipate his next release.