Drumma Boy

Drumma Boy
Drumma Boy

Drumma Boy at the 2011 BET Awards in Los Angeles
Background information
Birth name Christopher James Gholson
Origin Memphis, Tennessee [1]
Genres Hip hop, R&B
Occupations Producer, Rapper
Instruments Roland TR-808, Akai MPC-4000, Apple GarageBand, Korg Triton, Vocals
Years active 2002-Present
Labels Drum Squad
Associated acts Young Buck, Young Jeezy, T.I., Rick Ross, Gorilla Zoe, Plies, Gucci Mane, Yo Gotti, Waka Flocka Flame, Gangsta Boo
Website drum-squad.com

Christopher James Gholson, better known by his stage name Drumma Boy, is a multi-platinum award winning record producer and rapper from Memphis, Tennessee.


Early life

Born in Memphis, TN and bred in Cordova, Tennessee, Drumma Boy was exposed to musicianship at a young age. His mother was a professional opera singer and his father, a professional clarinetist and music professor at the University of Memphis, was the first African-American male to hold the 1st chair position in the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, where he is still an active member.[2] The rest of his extended family including grandmothers and aunts were also musicians and taught music in the schools. Drumma Boy says he had a recorder in his hand at age 3 and a clarinet at age 5.[3] His father was instrumental in teaching him about traditional music but it was his mother that introduced him to Curtis Mayfield and 70’s oldies. Gholson is the younger brother of producer Ensayne Wayne.

Drumma Boy attended the University of Memphis as a Music Business Major. In between attending classes, he would shop his homemade beats to Memphis rappers such as Gangsta Boo and Tela, as well as travel to Texas to work on projects for Scarface and Bun B of UGK.[4]


Drumma Boy relocated to Atlanta in 2004 and founded Drum Squad, an umbrella company that encompasses Drum Squad Productions which represents producers and songwriters, as well as Drum Squad Records.[5] Citing Quincy Jones, Raphael Saadiq and The Funk Brothers as production inspirations his musical influences range from German composers Ludwig van Beethoven and Johann Sebastian Bach to Jazz icons Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis all the way to Academy Award winning Three 6 Mafia and Scarface.[6] He is known to combine classical chords with urban street sounds. He has worked with a host of hip hop acts that include Young Jeezy, T.I., Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Nelly, T-Pain, Usher, Ciara, Wiz Khalifa, Wale, Waka Flocka Flame, Gorilla Zoe, Tinie Tempah, Drake, Gucci Mane, Ludacris, Plies, Young Joc, Fabolous, Roscoe Dash, Rick Ross, E-40, Monica, Goapele, Stephen & Damien Marley, Rocko, Paul Wall, Lil Jon & Travis Porter.[7]

In January 2009 he starred alongside Jazze Pha and Def Jam Recording Artist Vawn in BET's reality series "Welcome to Dreamland".[8] He appeared on a segment of Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" while making beats for cast member Kandi Burruss as well as appearing in the studio during an episode of Monica’s BET reality series “Still Standing.” [9] In November 2009 Drumma Boy released his music video “Dis Girl” shot by Mr. Boomtown, the first single off his mixtape Welcome II My City, which went on to receive millions of hits on Worldstarhiphop.[10] He has appeared on FOX Good Day Atlanta, Good Morning Memphis, CBS News Channel 9, BET and MTV.[11][12][13]

In 2008 Vibe Magazine named him one of the Top 5 Producers "making noise" in the music industry and in December 2009 he was named by The New York Times as one of the 4 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."[14] He was quoted in the January 2010 issue of Rolling Stone surrounding his production work for controversial recording artist Gucci Mane’s #1 Rap Album The State vs. Radric Davis.

Drumma Boy's signature drop on his beats is a voice saying "listen to this track, bitch". He is also known for the origination of extending sounds at the end of a verse."Yea Girl" or "Yea Boy" is another signature.


Drumma Boy won “Best Indie Producer of the Year” consecutively at the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Southern Entertainment Awards.[15][16] He received a nomination for “Producer of the Year” at the 2008 Ozone Awards [17] 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.)[18]. In 2011 his hit single “No Hands” wrote by welch 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. [19]


  • Welcome II My City - Mixtape (Drum Squad Records 2009)
  • The Birth Of D-Boy Fresh - Mixtape (Drum Squad Records 2011)

Production credits


  1. ^ http://www.last.fm/music/Drumma+Boy
  2. ^ http://www.theblackurbantimes.com/2009/12/new-yorjkgk;oviyficfjc,vk-times-names-atlantas-four.html
  3. ^ http://www.sixshot.com/articles/8788/
  4. ^ http://www.bet.com/OnTV/BETShows/welcometodreamland/welcometodreamland_cast_drummaboy.htm
  5. ^ www.drum-squad.com
  6. ^ http://www.bet.com/OnTV/BETShows/welcometodreamland/welcometodreamland_cast_drummaboy.htm
  7. ^ http://mvremix.com/urban_blogs/2008/07/17/atl-beat-maker-drumma-boy-nominated-for-%E2%80%9Cproducer-of-the-year%E2%80%9D-at-ozone-awards-2008-alongside-nominees-lil-wayne-rick-ross-ti-plies-kanye-west-lupe-fiasco-jeezy-soulja-boy-an/
  8. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8Nxfl2_KLc
  9. ^ http://www.essence.com/entertainment/real_housewives_of_atlanta/kandi_burrus_to_open_atl_boutique.php
  10. ^ http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshh18r49n9m7B5PrRtB
  11. ^ http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-9023662908138427141&hl=en#
  12. ^ http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3781636936185609703&hl=en
  13. ^ http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/dpp/entertainment/good_day/Drumma_Boy_Receives_Two_Grammy_Nominations_020309
  14. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/13/arts/music/13gucci.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=drumma%20boy&st=cse
  15. ^ http://www.southernentawards.com/uploads/2009%20SEA%20Winners.pdf
  16. ^ http://www.southernentawards.com/uploads/2010%20SEA%20Winners.pdf
  17. ^ http://mvremix.com/urban_blogs/2008/07/17/atl-beat-maker-drumma-boy-nominated-for-%E2%80%9Cproducer-of-the-year%E2%80%9D-at-ozone-awards-2008-alongside-nominees-lil-wayne-rick-ross-ti-plies-kanye-west-lupe-fiasco-jeezy-soulja-boy-an/
  18. ^ http://www.yoraps.com/next2blowcontest.php
  19. ^ http://www.kmel.com/pages/K2.html?article=9198106

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