Ice the Don

 

Quinton E. Otis, otherwise known as Ice The Don (or Tony “Black” Soprano) was born in Ca$hville, TN. to Terrance Otis and Kim Dillard. The tragic death of his father when he was just ten years old, forced his mom Kim to move Quinton to low income housing in the inner city. Kim worked hard to provide the best opportunities for her family and education for her son, however due to a devastating illness, Quinton found most of his time being spent with his grandmother. He recalls, “I remember listening to gospel music on the way to Sunday school every Sunday, she wanted me to be a preacher”, he laughs. Due to his grandmother’s devote religion practices, Otis was forced to sneak and listen to his rap idols which included the likes of the Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z. Otis attended Antioch High School, where he met best friend Terrance C. Lake. It was with the inspiration and help of Lake that his entrepreneurial flair was first exhibited through a successful math project, that he added his lyrical talents to and later sold for profit to his classmates. This dynamic duo would come to form The Desert Eagles. Sadly before their debut album could be released Lake took his own life by way of suicide. The loss of his best friend coupled with the death of his grandmother, sent Otis into a downward spiral that he would sit in for many years vowing “never to rap again”.

It wasn’t until the birth of his son & daughter (born 7 months apart), Otis would find a new guiding source and inspiration. With his son & daughter as new motivation, he found new focus and set out to give the rap game something it had been yearning for, a true hip hop artist.

 

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