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At the intersection of talent and hard work, you’ll find Grammy nominated, multi-platinum producer Drumma Boy. A child musical prodigy, Drumma Boy has built a solid
reputation as a consistent hittmaker. His resume reads like a Who’s Who of music,
and includes names like Young Jeezy, Nicki Minaj, Usher, T.I., Kanye West, R.
Kelly, Lil Wayne, 2Chainz, Drake, August Alsina and Wiz Kahlifah. With musical
influences that range from German composers Ludwig van Beethoven and Johann
Sebastian Bach to Jazz icons Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis to more modern producers like Quincy Jones and Raphael Saadiq, Drumma Boy’s unique approach to
music production is undeniably fresh and innovative. His fearless technique, that
seamlessly blends hard-hitting 808 bass and classical chord progressions, defies
boundaries, and has made him one of the industries most sought after producers.
Yet it is his unparalleled work ethic, passion and conviction that have effectively
distinguished him from his peers.
Born Christopher Gholson in Memphis, TN, Drumma Boy has music in his DNA.
His musical roots predate the platinum plaques and his now household name on
the Billboard Charts. His mother, an opera singer, and his father, a music professor
and critically acclaimed clarinetist that was the first African-American man to hold
the 1st chair position in the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, instilled a love and appreciation for music within him at a very young age. “I had a recorder in my hand
at age three,” recalls Drumma Boy, “and by five, I had stepped up to the clarinet.”
A classically trained musician, Drumma would fall in love with urban/soul music
after being introduced to Curtis Mayfield and other greats from the 70’s era by his
mother. While a freshman at University of Memphis, the ambitious producer would
shop his homemade tracks to local prominent emcees like Gangsta Boo and Tela,
and by his junior year he was traveling to Texas to work with hip hop legends Scarface and Bun B (of UGK), quickly becoming one of the most sought after producers
in Hip Hop. In 2003, Drumma Boy founded Drum Squad, an umbrella company
that encompasses Drum Squad Productions and Drum Squad Records, and in 04 he
left college to pursue his passion full-time in Atlanta.
In 2007 Drumma Boy catapulted into the national spotlight with “Shawty” for then
Hip Hop newcomer Plies. The song would go on to dominate the charts and sell
millions of copies, and make him one of the most sought after producers in urban
music. His initial hit making wasn’t limited to Hip Hop, Drumma would create
timeless music for Usher (“Stranger”), Chris Brown (“Sweet Love”), Goapele (“Right
Here”) and Damien & Stephen Marley (“On de Grind”) later that year.
In 2009, he’d earn two Grammy Nominations for production on T.I.’s “Paper Trail”
(Best Rap Album) and Young Jeezy’s “Put On” (Best Performance by a Rap Duo)
featuring Kanye West. The following year, Drumma Boy was hailed #2 Producer of
the Year in Billboard Magazine while 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.” In 2011, his production on the Waka Flocka Flame’s platinum smash
hit “No Hands,” featuring Roscoe Dash and Wale, earned him the accolade Best
Club Banger at the BET Hip Hop Awards, a nod for Best Collaboration at the 2011
BET Awards, and an ASCAP Award for Most Performed Song.
Ever evolving, Drumma Boy is quickly expanding his brand’s reach beyond record
production. Taking advantage of Atlanta’s growing film scene, he produced the
musical scores for “Chapters” and “Blood First,” and was music supervisor for the
movie “Holla II.” In 2013, the enterprising businessman added fashion designer
to his repertoire with the launch of his urban men and women’s clothing line Fresh
Phamily, which he launched during the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards and was also
featured in the Wall Street Journal. He also opened “G Factory,” a 20,000 square
foot creative space in Memphis for film and TV show production, artists and painters
to hone their skills. He was most recently named National Brand Ambassador for
California based sparkling wine company Moreno BHLV, where he will appear in
commercials and at events on behalf of the growing brand. Drumma Boy also lends
his musical talents to NBA team Memphis Grizzlies’ talent department, producing
their live halftime shows. The star also finds time give back to his local community as well as communities around the world via Drum Squad Foundation. www.
drumsquadfoundation.org
Never too far from his first love, music, Drumma Boy seems to keep a smash hit on
deck. 2014 saw the release of “Me Okay” produced for Young Jeezy’s highly
anticipated album “Seen It All,” August Alsina’s “No Love” (featuring Nicki Minaj),
and newly released “Freaky Shyt” on Chris Brown’s “X” album. He’s also in the studio putting the finishing touches on the conclusion to his trilology project, “Welcome
II My City 3,” scheduled for a 2015 release, and working on new music for Angie
Stone and Wiz Khalifa.
As he enters this latest stage of his career, Drumma Boy emerges as The Conductor
--organizing and directing the very tempo, sound, and output of the various industries he is involved in.
2 Chainz - Trap-A-Velli 2: (The Residue)
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Codeine Cowboy: A 2 Chainz Collective
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T.R.U. REALigion
Mill
47 Mobb - It Iz What It Iz
8 Ball & MJG - Ten Toes Down
9th Ward
Ace Hood - Gutta
Allie Baby - Study Hall
Alley Boy
August Alsina - Testimony
Bettie Grind
Big HoodBoss
Billy Blue
Birdman - Pricele$$
Blood Raw - My Life: The True Testimony
Bohagon - The Victory Lap
Bow Wow - New Jack City II
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Greenlight 5 Mixtape
Boyz n da Hood - Boyz n da Hood
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Back Up n da Chevy
Busta Rhymes
Bun B - Trill OG
Cash Out - Drumma Boy 2k13 Spring Bling Playlist
Chris Brown - Forward Fortune (In My Zone 2.5)
Mixtape
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Fortune
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X
Criminal Mane - Welcome To My City 2
Daz Dillinger - Weed Money
DJ 5150 & OJ Da Juiceman - Cook Muzik
DJ Drama - Gangsta Grillz: The Album
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Gangsta Grillz 2: The Album
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Third Power
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Quality Street Music 2[7]
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OJ Da Juiceman - O.R.A.N.G.E.
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Young Jeezy - You Can’t Ban The Snowman
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Young Jeezy - The Real Is Back
DJ Paul - Too Kill Again
• DJ Paul & Drumma Boy Clash Of The Titans
DJ JSess - Purple Diesel 4
Don Trip
Dorrough - Get Big
Eastside Jody - I Pledge Allegiance To Tha Trap
E-40 - The Ball Street Journal
Ebony Love
EDIDON - O.G. Est. 1992
Euro Mil - Strictly 4 The Traps N Trunks 41.48
Flo Rida
Future - Future Hendrix
Game - The R.E.D. Album
Gangsta Blac - Return of the Gangsta
Gangsta Boo - Enquiring Minds Vol 2: The Soap
Opera
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The Rumors
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It’s Game Involved
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Gangsta Boo & La Chat - Witch
Giggs - Let Em Ave It
Gloss Da Boss – Gloss World (The Evolution)
Goapele
Gorilla Zoe - Welcome to the Zoo
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Don’t Feed Da Animals
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I Am Atlanta 3
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Don’t Feed The Animals prequel), Feeding
Time
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King Kong
Gucci Mane - Gucci La Flare
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The Movie
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The Movie: The Sequel
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Burrrprint: 3D (The Movie: Part 3)
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The Cold War
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Wasted: The Prequel
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The State vs. Radric Davis
The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted
Burrrprint (2) HD
Mr. Zone 6
Jewelry Selection
Ferrari Music
Gucci 2 Time
The Return of Mr. Zone 6
Writings On The Wall 2
Trap Back
I’m Up
Trap God
Trap God 2
Trap House III[14]
The State vs. Radric Davis II: The Caged
Bird Sings
Gucci Mane & Young Scooter - Free Bricks 2
Drumma Boy’s 2K13 4th Of July Playlist
Bricksquad Monopoly - Bricksquad Mafia &
Waka Flocka Flame - Ferrari Boyz
The Return Of Mr. Perfect
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Gyft
HK - Lights Camera Jackin
J. Futuristic - Whats On My Mind Pt. 1
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Mr. Futuristic 2 (Da Return Of Mr. Miyagi)
Jagged Edge - The Remedy
JBar
J Love
Jody Breeze
Juelz Santana - Born to Lose, Built to Win
Juicy J & Project Pat - Cut Throat
Juicy J - Blue Dream & Lean
Juice
K. Michelle - Pain Medicine
Kandi Gurl
KaliRaps - Mr. Misunderstood
Kap G - Beer and Tacos
Kid Ink - Daydreamer Leftover
Killa Kyleon - Dj Zazu & Jonay Presents Dat Duffy
Vol. 1 hosted By Lex Luger & Waka Flocka
King D - Roc Town Massacre
Kinfolk Thugs
Kristyle - Young and Paid
La Chat - Krumbz 2 Brickz
Ledisi - The Truth
Lil Jon - Crunk Rock
Lil Scrappy - Tha Grustle
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Bred 2 Die Born 2 Live
Lil Twist - Best Teen Rapper Alive
Lloyd
LoLa Monroe - Lipsticks & Pistols
Kevin Gates - Bout Dat Life
Marsha Ambrosius
Master P - The Gift (Return Of The Ice Cream Man)
MGK
Miss B - T.Brewer DJ Krill FREE GAS: Last Call for
Alcohol
Mista Mac - Dj Zazu & Jonay Presents Dat Duffy
Vol. 1 hosted By Lex Luger & Waka Flocka
Money Mo
Monica - Still Standing
Mr. PCP
Musiq Soulchild
Nelly - O.E.M.O
OG Boo Dirty - Born A Soldier, Die A Vet
OJ Da Juiceman
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The Realest Nigga I Know
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Bouldercrest Shawty
One Chance - One Chance
P2TheLA - N.W.A.
Paul Wall - Get Money, Stay True
Pastor Troy - Stay Tru
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By Choice or By Force
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Tool Muziq
Playaz Circle - Supply & Demand
Plies - Definition of Real
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Da REAList
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• Purple Heart
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• On Trial (Mixtape)
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• Long Way - Single
Project Pat - Cheez N Dope - Mixtape
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Cheez N Dope 2 - Mixtape
Rich Boy
Rick Ross - Trilla
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Deeper Than Rap
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The Inauguration Mixtape
Roccett
Rocko - Self-Made
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Rocko Dinero
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Wild Life
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Goin’ Steady - Single
Scarface - Made
Slick Pulla
Slim Polk
Slim the Snapbacker
Slim Thug - Still Like A Boss
Snoop Dogg - More Malice
Sophia Fresh - So Phreakin’ Fresh
Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em - iSouljaBoyTellEm
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1 UP
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Promise
Starlito - Ultimate Warrior
Starlito & Don Trip - Step Brothers Two
Tech N9ne - Something Else
Tela - Double Dose
The Office
T.I. - Paper Trail
Tinie Tempah - Disc-Overy
T-Pain
Trae - Street King
Trey Songz
Triple C’s - Custom Cars & Cycles
Turk - Louisianimalz Vol. 1
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Blame It On The System
U.S.D.A - Cold Summer
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1.184 U.S.D.A - The Afterparty
Usher - Versus
Vic Damone
Waka Flocka Flame - Flockaveli
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Salute Me or Shoot Me 3 (Hip Hops Outcast)
Waka Flocka & Wooh Da Kid - Sour Diesel
Wiz Khalifa - Cabin Fever
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Mac & Devin Go to High School
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O.N.I.F.C.
Yo Gotti - Back 2 Da Basics
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Cocaine Muzik 4.5
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Live from the Kitchen
Young Bleu
Young Buck - Only God Can Judge Me
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Back On My Buck Shit Vol. 2: Change Of
Plans Live Loyal Die Rich
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Strictly 4 Traps N Trunks 44: Free Young
Buck Edition
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Back On My Buck Shit Vol. 3
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G.a.S - Gangsta and Street
Young D Da Boss
Young Dolph - Welcome To Dolph World
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A Time 2 Kill
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Blue Magic
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High Class Street Music 3 (Trappin Out A
Mansion)
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High Class Street Music 4 (American
Gangster)
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Drumma Boy 2k13 Spring Bling Playlist
Young Dolph & Young Scooter - Road Runners
Young Jeezy - Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101
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The Inspiration
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The Recession Thug Motivation 103:
Hustlerz Ambition
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ItsThaWorld 2
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Seen It All: The Autobiography
Young Scooter - Finessin And Flexin
Young Woo
Yung Berg
Yung Chase
Yung D - At The Crib 23
Yung Fresh
Yung Joc - Hustlenomics
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Swag Team Mafia
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Grind Flu
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Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood
Young Redd - Fast Money Underground Vol. 1
Zone 6 Sinister - Zone 6 Stephen King
awards
awards
2014
2010
Producer of the Year - Nominee
BET HIP HOP AWARDS
Producer of the Year - Winner
SOUTHERN ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS
2011
2009
Producer of the Year - Winner
SOUTHERN ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS
Producer of the Year - Winner
SOUTHERN ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS
Best Club Banger - Winner
“No Hands” - Waka Flocka
BET AWARDS
Best Rap Album - Nomination
T.I. Paper Trail
GRAMMY AWARDS
Best Collaboration - Nomination
“No Hands” - Waka Flocka
BET AWARDS
Best Perform by a Rap Duo - Nomination
“Put On” - Young Jeezy & Kanye West
GRAMMY AWARDS
2010
2008
Producer of the Year - Nominee
BET HIP HOP AWARDS
Producer of the Year - Nominee
OZONE AWARDS
Certifications
gold
“No Love” - August Alsina ft. Nicki Minaj (2014)
platinum
“Money to Blow” - Birdman (2009)
“Put On” - Young Jeezy ft. Kanye West (2008)
“Shawty” - Plies (2007)
2x platinum
Paper Trail - T.I. (2008)
3x platinum
“No Hands” - Waka Flocka ft. Roscoe Dash & Wale (2010)