'We've been overlooked or been the underdogs and really haven't gotten that just due,' multiplatinum producer tells Mixtape Daily.
By Rob Markman, with reporting by FLX
Behind the Beats: Drumma Boy
Drumma Boy has already put on for everyone else, now the multi-platinum rap producer is just trying to put on for his hometown. The Memphis, Tennessee, beatmaker has delivered hits to Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, T.I. and Waka Flocka Flame, just to name a few. But on his latest mixtape, Welcome to My City 2, Drumma marches to the beat of his own drum — literally.
"Welcome to My City, first and foremost, is the unification process of Memphis. It's like bringing the city together," said Drumma, who raps as well as produces on the tape.
The tape's stand-out single, "Where I Come From," features reggae star Junior Reid, and on it Drumma Boy aims to inspire those in his town to be the best they can be. "Only way we gonna get seen is if we keep on winnin'/ Only way we gonna get heard is if we keep on singin'," he raps.
It's not that Memphis doesn't have its share of stars. In the early 1990s, 8Ball and MJG put the Southern city on rap's map, leading the way for Three 6 Mafia to have their infamous run. Now Yo Gotti, Don Trip, Zed Zilla and, of course, Drumma look to further cement the city's legacy.
"We're really just showing and emphasizing the city of Memphis, showcasing the talent that's in the city," Drumma explained to Mixtape Daily of his mission. "Because a lot of the opportunities we've had, we've been overlooked or been the underdogs and really haven't gotten that just due."
The time is now.
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