I love seeing my city doing good. Shouts out to Drumma Boy (throw me a track mane...lol). Check out the Memphis producer's Grammy nods and upcoming projects.
He puts on for my city....
Multi-platinum beat maker Drumma Boy receives two Grammy nominations for production work behind “Put On” f/ Jeezy & Kanye West (Best Rap Performance) & T.I’s Paper Trail (Best Rap Album)
Multi-platinum music producer Drumma Boy born Christopher Gholson who was born and raised in Memphis, TN has been nominated for two Grammy’s for the production of “Put On” featuring Young Jeezy and Kanye West for Best Rap Performance and T.I’s album “Paper Trail” for Best Rap Album.
Drumma Boy is not the only Southern hip-hop nominated for an award, actually, for this year’s 2009 Grammy Ceremony, the South takes over the list of nominees with artists like Lil Wayne, T.I., Young Jeezy, Ludacris, T-Pain, Andre 3000 and Flo Rida. Drumma Boy, who has actually worked with all the aforementioned artists as well as Yung Joc, Rick Ross, Paul Wall, Gorilla Zoe, Plies amongst others.
Meanwhile, the Grammy nomination categories Drumma Boy is up for like Best Rap Album are for Drumma’s production on four tracks on Papertrail, the fourth highest debut album of 2008, including the hit single “What Up, What’s Happenin” as well as “My Life Your Entertainment” f/ Usher, “Ready for Whatever” and “You Ain’t Missin Nothin,” and for Drumma’s composition of the blazing track “Put On” f/ Young Jeezy and Kanye West which has been nominated for “Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.” The song “Put On” f/ Young Jeezy and Kanye West reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks and Mainstream R&B/Hip Hop charts.
Drumma Boy says the nominations come from his “work ethic and consistency.” “I have practiced my craft faithfully for 11 years - a routine that has lead me to opportunities such as producing for T.I.’s Papertrail as well as Young Jeezy’s “Put On” featuring Kanye West,” stated Drumma Boy. “I believe that any dream can be accomplished with proper follow through.”
The young producer, 25, actually comes from a musical background in Memphis, Tennessee, where Drumma Boy’s destiny was solidified as a young child with a mother who was an opera singer and a father who was a professional clarinetist and music professor at the University of Memphis, the first African-American man to hold the 1st chair position in the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.
“My dad taught me everything I know about traditional music and had me playing the clarinet at age 5 but it was my mom that introduced me to Curtis Mayfield and 70’s oldie, so my style now is a reflection of all of that, classical, soul and street music,” stated Drumma Boy.
Now the 25 year old music producer, Drumma Boy, who sites producers Quincy Jones, Raphael Saadiq & The Funk Brothers as his inspirations, may, with good fortune, be on his way of being a Grammy Award winning producer and possibly, even at his young age, become an inspiration to others that follow.
In related news, Drumma Boy has also recently teamed up with another Memphis-Atlanta based music producer Jazze Pha for the talent show “Welcome to Dreamland.”
As recently reported, Drumma Boy and Jazze Pha appear on “Welcome to Dreamland,” which will air on Peachtree TV/Turner Broadcasting, and aims to try to help upcoming musical talent get on the track to stardom by performing in front of a studio audience and a panel of judges as they pursue their dreams at a successful career in the music industry. Performers will be put through an intense development process with producers, songwriters, stylists, designers and photographers. The show will be a six episode series that will debut with back-to-back episodes on Jan. 19th at 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Subsequent episodes will premiere on Monday nights at 10 p.m. with finale set for Feb. 16th.