Donovan Johnson (born July 9, 1985) better known by his stage name XV is an American rapper, singer and songwriter from Wichita, Kansas. He first gained major attention after the release of his twelfth mixtape Everybody's Nobody. In which he received two awards from DJBooth.net. His name, XV, refers to the age (15) at which he began to create music. On Monday July 26, 2010, XV, announced that he signed a Recording contract with Warner Bros. Records via his Twitter page.