He started off as a musician and producer, but Drumma Boy long had visions of doing more than making beats.
“If I see this painting in my head or this art, I’m going to have somebody paint it -- if I can’t do it -- or a team of people that can mentally complete my vision,” he says. “That goes for clothing, for DJs. It’s also about having an outlet for those coming up after me.”
To his point, the Grammy-nominated producer is building his Drum Squad company, an ever-expanding empire that includes production, a record company, a stable of DJs, clothing, and films.
Drumma Boy, who produced Waka Flocka Flame’s smash single “No Hands” and Gucci Mane featuring Birdman’s “Mouth Full Of Golds," can play several instruments and studied music business at the University of Memphis. Early on in his career, he decided not to worry too much about failure. The Internet emboldened him to research information on his own, make a plan and then work on executing it.
“It’s all on you,” says Drumma Boy. “You have a mission. Do you accomplish it? Yes or no? Why is Warner Brothers, Def Jam, Atlantic Records calling me every week? Because I deliver. They know I’mma get the job done.”
As one of the most prolific producers in the last half a decade, churning out beats for Rick Ross, Bun B, Young Jeezy, Plies and dozens of other artists, Drumma Boy has reason to be confident.
Currently, he is in the studio working on new material with T.I., Young Jeezy, Chris Brown and Wiz Khalifa, as he promotes his new “Welcome To My City 2” mixtape, and pairs up with DJ Paul for the “Clash Of The Titans” project.
He’s also completing the documentary film “Know Your History: Made In Memphis,” a historical look at his hometown, from its history as a major shipping distribution center to its rich rap legacy, thanks to the influential work of 8Ball & MJG, Three 6 Mafia, Project Pat and others.
By not limiting himself or dismissing his own ideas, Drumma Boy has grown from a producer into a media mogul.
“It’s really just the inner passions of what I want to do,” he says. “Anything that I’ve ever wanted to do, I’ve done it or I’m doing it. That’s how I live my life.”