As a child VDon walked the same streets as Duke Ellington, passed the doors of legendary venues from a bygone era such as The Cotton Club and listened to stories from friends and relatives about people from the neighborhood like Nina Simone, Sugar Ray Robinson and Frank Lucas. And as a son of a Harlem DJ, VDon could hear the beats and sounds of artists like Freddie Jackson, Kool Moe Dee and Teddy Riley on any given day of the week. It was no shock when Tivon started making beats on his PlayStation 2 as a teenager in his bedroom.
Inspired by music from the neighborhood and his own generation, VDon would hone his talent in neighborhood studios eventually gathering enough equipment of his very own. Once the equipment was gathered, he was on his way.
His first major production placement was “Sex, Money & Murder” featuring artists Trae The Truth & Maino. Working on the record led VDon to a friendship with Trae. Next, through an introduction by a friend, VDon would meet fellow Harlem resident and rapper Vado, eventually producing Vado’s “Large on the Streets,” single. The record premiered on BET’s 106 Park and performed well nationally on radio. Vado and VDon would continue their relationship.
Vado and VDon released “Wake Up,” “Rugby Down,” “Crime Square,” and “Filthy Game” from the “Slime Flu” debut album. By 2011, vdon had become a sought-after new producer with contributions for trae the truth’s song “getting paid,” featuring wiz khalifa on the “street king” album. the music video currently has six million youtube views. recently, vdon produced asap rocky’s “ghetto symphony,” from his critically-acclaimed rca/polo grounds debut album and has contributed to a variety of productions ranging from Lloyd Banks, 50 Cent and Curren$y to Smoke DZA, Jadakiss, Jae Millz, and beyond.