Donald Wallace aka Twin-G was born in Louisiana and moved to Seattle at the age of three. Learning early on that life is not easy, Twin was separated from his family due to his mother’s drug abuse and was placed into a foster home. He would spend years in the state foster system, shuffled around from home to home until finally at age fourteen, a family in the West Seattle neighborhood of High Point decided to take him in. What seemed like a dream at first, would eventually become a nightmare as a young & influential Twin-G was sucked into a life of gangs and drugs by the notorious High Point projects.
As with many youngsters who come from broken homes, they find music as a source of comfort and the story was no different with Twin-G. “When I was about 12 I really started taking a liking to rap music, rappers like LL Cool J, Kool Moe Dee, Heavy D, NWA really influenced me as a youngster.” Twin eventually began crafting his own raps and took his love for music to a new level by aspiring to be an artist himself. “Back in them days I was known as MC Donnie D. I was doing shows, just trying to get my name out and ended up recording a demo with a guy named Creep-Lo.” Nothing ever came of the demo, but a young Donnie D, who would shortly thereafter change his name to Twin-G, knew that his destiny was in music.
Twin would eventually catch the ear of Ed Dumas, a local investor who said he wanted to work with him and put out his first album. Even though Ed liked Twin’s music and raspy voiced style, he still thought he had a ways to go as an artist and played a major role in his artist development. Twin didn’t understand his criticism at first, but as his album began taking shape, he started seeing the direction it was going. Numerous late nights in the studio later, “In the Name of Game” was born. The album featured rap icons Sir Mix-A-Lot, C-Bo, Spice 1, Yukmouth and more, but would end up slept on due to poor promotion and marketing.
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