Drumma Boy Talks Working With 'Empire' Star Yazz & Why He's One of the 'Originators of Trap'
For Memphis producer Drumma Boy, he's just an "intellectual gangsta nerd" whose dreams came true. Backed by a musically gifted family -- his mom was an opera singer and his dad was a music professor -- Drumma's love for music developed at an early age. After forging relationships with hometown MCs including Yo Gotti, Gangsta Boo and Tela during his time at the University of Memphis, Drumma's talent and gift of gab allowed him to take his talents outside of the city. By his junior year of college, he was working alongside rap legends Scarface and Bun B.
With a résumé that boasts credits from the likes of Gucci Mane ("Photoshoot"), Jeezy ("Put On" & "Lose My Mind"), Waka Flocka Flame ("No Hands"), August Alsina ("No Love") and Migos ("Look at My Dab"), he continues to keep a busy schedule, working with Empire's Yazz the Greatest (Bryshere Y. Gray) for the hit Fox show's soundtrack next season, while also partnering with Young Buck and Too $hort on their respective projects.
Billboard recently caught up with Drumma Boy to speak about his current projects, who he considers the Mount Rushmore for Atlanta rappers, why he's one of the originators of trap music, and why he relates to the late, great Tupac.