Memphis Music Industry


MMT Speaker Series with Drumma Boy

  • Date: June 1, 2016
  • Time: 18:30
  • Location Talent Development Complex
  • Venue: MMT Speaker Series with Drumma Boy

Drumma Boy is a Southern rap producer based in Atlanta, GA, whose credits include collaborations with many of the most popular rappers in the South, most notably T.I. and Young Jeezy. Born Christopher Gholson in Memphis, TN, he grew up in a musical household where his mother was a professional opera singer and his father was a professional clarinetist in the Memphis Symphony Orchestra in addition to being a music professor at the University of Memphis. From his parents he learned a lot about music, not only classical music but soul music as well. He began making beats at age 14 and was making money as a rap producer while he was still in high school.

Drumma Boy initially established himself on the Memphis rap scene, working with local rappers such as Gangsta BooYo Gotti, and Tela. Some of his early work can be heard on the albums Double Dose (2000) by Tela (“Tennessee Titans”), Enquiring Minds, Vol. 2: The Soap Opera (2003) by Gangsta Boo (“Sippin & Spinnin”), and Life (2003) by Yo Gotti (“Life”). In 2004 he moved from Memphis to Atlanta to pursue a career in Southern rap production. He had already worked with Pastor Troy, producing beats for the Down South Georgia Boyz album ‘Til Death Do Us Part (2003), and he began working with Young Jeezy and his Boyz N da Hood collective, most notably producing “Standing Ovation” on Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101 (2005). Drumma Boy‘s first big hit came in 2007 with “Shawty,” a Plies song featuring T-Pain that reached the Top Ten of the Billboard Hot 100. The following year he was credited with producing a few tracks each on T.I.‘s Paper Trail and Young Jeezy‘s The Recession, two of the most popular rap albums of 2008.

Drumma Boy won “Best Indie Producer of the Year” consecutively at the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Southern Entertainment Awards. He received a nomination for “Producer of the Year” at the 2008 Ozone Awards and at the 2010 BET Hip Hop Awards. His beats assisted with two nominations during the 2009 Grammy Awards including his work on T.I.’s Paper Trail (Best Rap Album) and “Put On” by Young Jeezy & Kanye West (Best Performance by a Rap Duo.). In 2011 his hit single “No Hands” for Waka Flocka, Roscoe Dash and Wale received a nomination for “Best Collaboration” at the 2011 BET Awards and picked up the accolade for “Best Club Banger” at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards.

NOTE:  All attendees must be 18 years old or older.  Attendees under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Featured guest(s) will not accept any unsolicited material.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT) – Add to Calendar

WHERE: Talent Development Complex – 119 South Main Street Suite 111, Memphis, TN 38103 – View Map