What happens when you blend a vast knowledge of music and an east coast style with a down south flava? The answer is simple Fayetteville, North Carolina , ’s hometown hero Va’go (pronounced vay-go). From growing up in the projects to making people feel his unique way of relaying his message with an explosive street flow delivering catchy hooks & straightforward lyrics. Va’go is one hungry artist that insists this is only the beginning.
Va’go (b. Donvetis Franklin) came from a surprisingly rough background. Raised in the Campbell Terrace projects of Fayetteville, NC , he saw both his parents separate at a young age, Va’go took to the streets to learn survival. But music remained an ever-present influence in his life. Va’go’s love for hip-hop blossomed at an early age. He began writing raps while at an early age under the influence of artists such as Scarface, N.W.A, 2pac, Notorious B.I.G. and a host of others well-known lyrists.
Soon Va'go realized that he had a gift for writing music among other talents. By the late 90’s Va'go continued to hone his skills by entertaining fellow friends and family members. It wasn’t long before he took his talents to competitions, winning freestyle and rap battles.
In 2001, Va'go put in much needed time to become proficient in his talents. “I matured over the years. I was able to take care of my mom and siblings, also while focusing on music. Now that world has seen what everyone else has to offer, it is time for a new voice to be heard.”
In 2003 Va’go would release an underground CD, “Hometown Hero, The Mixtape”, applying his unique voice directly to mastered beats of today’s hottest artist including such tracks as “Pass Out” and “The Struggle”. This was a way for people to witness his amazing talent and versatility.
In the summer of '04, Va'go exploded on the scene with the release of his anticipated sophomore underground CD, "Enter the Realm of Va'go ". Which featured “Here come the Project” that debuted at #1 on 104.5 FM radio in Fayetteville,NC , .
In the winter of '06, Va'go expnanded on his talents by taking his down south swagger and east coast flow outside the state of North Carolina . This landed him in the city of Cleveland, Ohio where he made his radio debut on 1300 A.M with his singles "Life in the Projects" and "Bring It Back". This would lead to more opportunities as he was selected to do a radio promo for radio personality Talus Knight of WENZ 107.9 FM.
After a successful run in Cleveland , Va'go dropped his third mixtape titled "Star Money the Mixtape". The success of this mixtape was overwhelming and earned him a spot on the Patchwerk Studios ( Atlanta, GA ) "Need A.... Deal" compilation CD. Unsigned artists from all over competed for the best song and to perform at the Patchwerk Studios Listening Party. Va'go won a spot on the CD and also was the feature performance for his song "Shine" at the highly anticipated event. He performed in front of representatives from Purple Ribbon, Atlantis Music, Sho'nuff, Atlanta Magazine,and V-103.
After generating a powerful underground buzz with the hugely successful “Here come the Project, Shine, and Life in the Projects” he dramatically clinched his reputation as one of North Carolina ’s most electrifying young rappers. With him channeling his energy into his music full time, he will definitely challenge many down south artist for the bragging rights. “Some people rap about the street life, Va'go embodies the street life, and all that goes along with it.”