Producer Drumma Boy Speaks on Anticipation of T.I’s Seventh Studio Album King Uncaged
(Los Angeles, California – May 3, 2010) It was 2008 and 2009 that marked some of Drumma Boy’s most significant accomplishments to date. His production work was nominated in two categories at The Grammy Awards, he was hailed by the New York Times, nominated for “Producer of the Year” at the Ozone Awards and took home the Award for “Producer of the Year” consecutively at the 6th and 7th Annual Southern Entertainment Awards. In 2008 the beatmaker teamed up with T.I. on his 2x Platinum selling and Grammy nominated album Paper Trail, boasting the tracks “Ready for Whatever,” “You Ain’t Missing Nothing,” “My Life, Your Entertainment” and the hit single “What Up, What’s Haapnin.” Now the two are back in the studio working on the rappers seventh studio album entitled King Uncaged which is set to drop in August 2010. Drumma Boy says, “The anticipation working on this project is crazy… fighting for the best record….consistently presenting the hottest material…ensuring placements and aiming for singles.”
Growing up with a mother who was an opera singer, a grandmother who was a piano teacher, an aunt who taught music at NYU and a father who was a professional clarinetist and music professor at the University of Memphis, also the first African-American man to hold the 1st chair position in the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Drumma Boy’s musical career was solidified as a young child. Influenced and inspired by German composers Ludwig van Beethoven and Johann Sebastian Bach to Jazz icons Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis all the way to Academy Award winning Three 6 Mafia and Scarface, Drumma Boy’s musical eccentricity is coated in vintage Rhythm & Blues, P-Funk, Classical and Crunk. He plays with this dichotomy of yesteryear classics and current trends to concoct sophisticated arrangements that fuse the arrogance of hip-hop with the slickness of R&B.
The 26 year old musical prodigy who has referred to his sound as “Gumbo Crack Music” and sites producers Quincy Jones, Raphael Saadiq & The Funk Brothers as his inspirations, skillfully adds crispy, hard-hitting 808 bass lines with gentle touches of rhythmic change and chord progression to each crafted beat. With a penchant for chest-beating percussion, attitude-drenched synths, bass-heavy sounds with backed live instrumentation Drumma Boy also manages to incorporate the grime of the urban streets of Memphis often delineated by a dark gothic sound. His thick and textured composed sounds have continued to dominate the South Eastern music scene, making his name synonymous with Platinum and Billboard charting hits. From the Grammy nominated “Put On” featuring Young Jeezy & Kanye West to his multiple tracks on T.I’s 2x Platinum selling Papertrail Drumma Boy has indelibly left his signature mark on some of today’s hottest rap songs.
In December 2009 The New York Times named him one of the four hottest producers “driving the city” in Atlanta, describing his sound as “a busy bee swarm of synths overlaid with brash bass injections that’s equal parts Memphis and Atlanta.” He was nominated for “Producer of the Year” at the 2008 Ozone Awards, named “Hip Hop’s Illest Soundboy” by The Source Magazine, “Top 5 Producers of 2008” by Vibe Magazine and quoted in the January 2010 issue of Rolling Stone surrounding his production work for controversial recording artist Gucci Mane’s #1 Rap Album The State vs. Radric Davis.
Drumma Boy’s current hit “Money to Blow” f/ Birdman, Drake and Lil Wayne continues to blaze the internet with over 5 million hits on Youtube while Canadian newcomer Drake opted to use the producer’s beat bangin’ reputation as inspiration to urge women to dance, “Get to shakin’ something cuz that’s what Drumma produced it for.”
Drumma Boy’s beats can be heard on forthcoming albums from T.I. (King Uncaged), Drake (Thank Me Later), Young Jeezy (Thug Motivation 103), The Game (The R.E.D Album), Gucci Mane (The State vs. Radric Davis), Kandi Burruss (B.L.O.G), Monica (Still Standing), Goapele (Milk & Honey), Lil’ Jon (Crunk Rock), Estelle (All of Me), Juelz Santana (Born to Lose, Built to Win), Birdman (Pricele$$), 8Ball & MJG (Ten Toes Down), Plies (Goon Affiliated), Triple C’s (Custom Cars & Cycles), Snoop Dogg (More Malice), Waka Flocka (Murda-Man Flocka), Jagged Edge (The Remedy) to name a few. Current songs of his in heavy rotation include “Money to Blow” (Drake, Birdman and Lil Wayne) “Lose My Mind” (Plies & Jeezy) “Fly Above” (Kandi Burruss), “Pussy Fight” (The Game & Ray J) and 11 tracks on the new Gucci Mane mixtape The Burrprint 2 HD.
For the young virtuoso who originally inherited his moniker in high school due to his uniquely formulated drum patterns, Drumma Boy has taken his talents to an unprecedented level.
“Of the four producers driving the city, Drumma Boy’s tracks rumble the hardest. Two of his finest recent songs, Gorilla Zoe’s “Lost” and Young Jeezy’s “Put On,” are languorous, almost frightening in their stomp. On “The State vs. Radric Davis,” he contributed four tracks, including the creepy “Worst Enemy” and “All About The Money,” a busy bee swarm of synths overlaid with brash bass injections that’s equal parts Memphis and Atlanta.” New York Times
“It’s clear Drumma Boy has risen quickly to distinguish himself among the upper echelon of hip hop producers. His distinction lays with his classically trained ear along with his signature drum rolls and staggering 808’s.” The Source Magazine
“Drumma Boy is crafting epic cuts for rap’s biggest names.” Giant Magazine
“Drumma Boy beats his way to the top of the charts.” Upscale Magazine
“Producers like Drumma Boy are making some serious noise.” Vibe Magazine
“Perfecting what he calls “Gumbo Crack Music” Billboard Magazine
“Classically trained by his father, the Memphis native upgraded from a woodwind to a Roland XP-50 at the age of 14. Drumma is making even more noise and looking forward to adding his Midas touch to upcoming projects from Jeezy and T.I. Watch him do his thang.” XXL Magazine
New Tracks from Drumma Boy
Young Jeezy f/ Plies “Lose My Mind”
Birdman f/ Drake & Lil Wayne “Money to Blow”
Kandi Burruss “Fly Above”
Gucci Mane “Worst Enemy”
Snoop Dogg “House Shoes”
The Game f/ Ray J & Nicki Minaj “Pussy Fight”
Monica “How I Like It”
Gucci Mane f/ Trey Songz “Beat it Up”
Lil Wayne f/ Juelz Santana “Home Run”
Lil Jon f/ R. Kelly “Ms. Chocolate”
Triple C’s f/ Rick Ross & Gucci Mane “Trickin Off”