Drumma Boy spoke with MemphisRap.com this week and the multi-platinum producer of 2009’s 51st Grammy Awards nominated production works “Put On” f/ Jeezy & Kanye West (Best Rap Performance) & T.I’s Paper Trail (Best Rap Album), states that he’s been in the booth prepping to crank out more hits and has some patiently waiting Memphis rap artists and productions dropping soon.
Drumma Boy who, back in 2003, founded Drum Squad Productions, a collage of talented producers and songwriters who service names such as Lil Wayne, T.I., Young Jeezy, Ludacris, T-Pain, Andre 3000, Flo Rida, Rick Ross, Bow Wow, Nelly, Gorilla Zoe, Plies and many others, states that he’s been working with Memphis artists such as Lionheart, Young D, Young Phenomenon, Young Gudda, Zed Zilla, Freaky Sett and more.
“Deeper Roots Uniting Music,” reveals Drumma Boy to MemphisRap.com regarding the true meaning of the name D.R.U.M. in Drum Squad.
In the brief interview with MemphisRap.com, Drumma Boy also goes on to reveal his newest and upcoming projects such as the new single and video with DJ Drama entitled “Day Dreaming,” new single “Self-Made” for Memphis native K Michelle signed to Hitz/Jive, the recent television reality show “Welcome To Dreamland,” the artists and producers of the Drum Squad movement, and more.
The talented producer and businessman goes on to reveal one of his influences: the late and very talented, legendary American Academy Award-winning singer-songwriter, actor and musician Isaac Hayes, one of the main creative forces behind southern soul music label Stax Records and one of the definite influences on Drumma Boy, according to his interview with MemphisRap.com.
Check out what Drumma Boy had to say in his recent talk with MemphisRap.com and be on the lookout for upcoming projects soon such as the Drum Squad mixtape “Welcome To My City.”
MemphisRap.com: What has Drumma Boy been up to lately?
Drumma Boy: Lately, I’ve been in the booth. Defenitely still been crankin music out. Just launched a new single and video with DJ Drama titled “Daydreaming,” also did a single titled “Self-Made” for Memphis’ native K Michelle signed to Memph Hitz/Jive.
On the television side, I did a reality show with Jazze Pha called “Welcome To Dreamland.” We basically had two weeks to go head to head against each other to see who could build the next star. It aired on Peachtree TV and is in the process of going national. Staying busy fa’ sho…
MemphisRap.com: Are you working with any new Memphis artists?
Drumma Boy: Of course. Lionheart, Young D, Young Phenomenon, Young Gudda, Zed Zilla, Freaky Sett, 6 Mill. Memphis has a lot of talent that has been patiently waiting so it’s time to shine the lights.
MemphisRap.com: We know that you founded Drum Squad which has Drum Squad Productions under it and Drum Squad Records. What are some of the things that others don’t know about Drum Squad that they should know about it?
Drumma Boy: Drum stands for “Deeper Roots Uniting Music.” It’s a universal language heard in any country or culture. We also just launched our website: drum-squad.com
MemphisRap.com: Who are some of the artists and producers a part of the Drum Squad movement?
Drumma Boy: Man we just got a huge team of different talents from musicians to writers to producers to artists but coming to the forefront on the production tip is Degree, Paragon, and Lil Pat. On the the artist tip we have myself, Kristyle, Young Phenomenon, Gangsta Boo, Degree, B-Hav, Allie, and a R & B artist under development named Miranda. I also have a band and started “Drumma Boy Live” which is anything I produce including live instruments. The first placement was “Here I Am” Rick Ross feat. Nelly and the second placement was “You Ain’t Missin’ Nothing” T.I.
MemphisRap.com: Do you have background (family, etc) present or past with Stax?
Drumma Boy: My mom was in the opera but was cool with Booker T, Isaac Hayes, and Rufus Thomas. Stax runs through your blood growing up in the city of Memphis.
MemphisRap.com: Have you ever met or worked with Isaac Hayes?
Drumma Boy: Unfortunately. My aunt Erma was his mentor and I’ve met him on several ocassions through family gatherings. He definitely had an influence on me and the way I looked at music.
MemphisRap.com: What can listeners and fans of your music/productions expect from you in the future?
Drumma Boy: Production wise, been workin with Lil Jon’ heavily on his album. Got a few on Rick Ross’s “Deeper Than Rap”. Did a couple bangers for Billy Blue out of Miami signed to Interscope. Got a few classics on Rich Boy’s upcoming album and one called “Pole In My Basement” on Bow Wow’s album.
Drum Squad mixtape “Welcome To My City” droppin this May. Solo mixtapes following this fall. Also will be available for download @ drum-squad.com
MemphisRap.com: Any last words you might have…
Drumma Boy: R.I.P. Isaac Hayes, Memphis has had down for a minute, now WE GOT NEXT!