How do you impress one half of the brains behind the Cash Money label,and creator of its infamous signature sound? Well, it helps to have a solid buzz of your own due to twelve years of grinding and perfecting your craft and almost a hundred completed songs. That is exactly what 26-year-old New Orleans native and next-on-deck MC, The Show, brought to the table upon being introduced to Mannie Fresh by Fresh’s long-time manager, DJ Wop. Soon after, the two laid down a song together and Fresh promptly signed The Show to his Chubby Boy Productions imprint label. Born and raised in New Orleans East, The Show, whose real name is Donald Allen, first grabbed New Orleans‘ attention in 2004 with the song, “Put It Down”. The young rapper went on to attack the southern street music scene with the classic street tapes “I Do This”, “FEMA”, “80′s Baby” and “Victory Lap”.
Word of his talent quickly spread and his ability to be an all around entertainer earned him the moniker The Show and enabled him to perform across the Southern U.S. opening for staples like Lil Wayne, BG and David Banner and picking up his own fans along the way.
An association with an industry heavyweight like Mannie Fresh will open a lot of doors but those looking for a heavy roster of features on “DOB3″ may be surprised to know that The Show plans to rely on the merit of his own rhyming skills and the skills of his EGMGLifestyle LLC Imprint for his debut album’s success. “A lot of today’s new artists try to create singles with already established artists to solidify themselves. Those songs, in turn, sound like the established artist’s song instead. First time out the gate we are sticking with the in-house ‘Cash Money formula’ but I do have some artists in mind for the second album.” “One of the things that Mannie admired about me is that when I became a part of the Chubby Boy/EGMG imprint I was already fully prepared. I had been working closely with three producers, Ceaux Young of Flight School/EGMG, Zella of Flight School and Stevie Drumma of Premier Hits. Together we already had almost a hundred songs.”
From Jazz to Zydeco, from Blues to Hip Hop, the city of New Orleans has a long and varied musical legacy for The Show to live up to and he is ready. When asked what he brings to the game that is fresh, or hasn’t been done before, he answers quick
”There isn’t much beyond the conscious, revolutionary, gangsta, stuntin’ or every day struggles that hip hop has to offer.” He explains. “Yet, if you twist things a certain way, you can broaden those subjects so far that you can turn it into a fifteen-year career like LL Cool J, Jay-Z or Nas. Since Hip Hop is a predominantly black art form, every rap artist has a similar story; growing up with no father, mom was a single parent so you learn from the streets, but when I put my twist to it, I create a variation of that story and make it my own.”
Indeed, There Is No Business like SHOW business and this show WILL go on. Currently, in 2011 Show is working on a New Single “Go Girl”. produced by Stevie Drumma from his Debut Album DOB3 The Finul Cut. This record is a strong summer jam for the ladies. In addition , The Show is also working with three other New Orleans rappers to form the new era’s Rat Pack. This super group known as The Rap Pack is changing the game rapidly. Stay tuned for more from this next to blow artist.