Central Ohio’s Mekka Don released a new single and video on Tuesday titled, “Still Dope.” The single marks the return of the former Ohio State football player, turned artist, turned entrepreneur.

“When something’s in your heart, it kind of comes to you naturally, especially as a writer,” Mekka Don told ABC 6 News.

His newfound inspiration stemmed from recovering from surgery, personal trials, and the pandemic. Another big source of inspiration for the artist was the social justice movement, which encouraged him to make the meaningful track.

“It was an emotional process writing about it, because you know I was drawing on things that I’d read about in history books, things that I personally experienced and then also things that I was watching us go through right now at the same time,” he said.

While Mekka Don knows the messages in his music primarily speak to Black audiences, he sees the messages as something globally relatable.

“I think, globally, it means – if you’ve been through anything, but you’re still standing, you’re still dope,” he said.

Check out the video and feel free to tell us what you think.


Mekka Don is an artist, consultant, lawyer, author, entrepreneur, and host who has pushed the boundaries in music and business. He has become a vocal leader in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives and was recently selected to serve on the Executive Committee of the Big Ten Conference’s Equality Coalition.

Throughout his career, he has expanded the frontiers and sparked conversations about non-conventional ways to approach entrepreneurship, mentorship, and race relations.

As an author, Mekka Don published “Grime and Glory,” a fiction novel designed to dispel stereotypes about Black athletes. The book was inspired by Mekka Don’s experiences as a college football player at Ohio State University. He is currently working on a children’s book as well. 

As a lawyer, Mekka Don has helped aspiring artists, celebrities, and athletes secure fair deals and just compensation. He has been a tireless advocate for his clients and has helped many of them avoid serious pitfalls. Some of his clients include SWV and Gareon Conley.

Mekka Don is committed to making the world a better place for all citizens and has been a mentor to many young people. He is outspoken on social media and is committed to being a positive mouthpiece for social justice.