Guest Star: "Young Buck Is Back On The Block & Now He's Averaging $6,700 A Show"
Wednesday, Aug 24, 2011 3:05PM
[In light of his recent Birth of D-Boy Fresh mixtape release, Drumma Boy reflects on his rise to fame working alongside rappers who gave him his first big shot, like Young Buck and T.I.]
The studio sessions and work that me and dude have been having is crazy. Young Buck's the homie. I like to hold down my state veterans. Anybody that's successful from [my] hometown or state, you pay homage to. That's just the way I was brought up, around all of the O.G.s, uncles, solidified people and my peers. I grew up on Isaac Hayes, grew up on Al Green.
These are all people that were giving me advice when I was three years old. So to come up and be a part of the 8 Ball & MJG movement, the Three 6 Mafia movement, the Young Buck movement, it's just a blessing. So I pay homage to them and anything they ever needed from me, I was always on deck.
Going back to Young Buck, I remember hollering at him a couple times when he was working on his first album. We really didn't just establish that relationship until about four or five years later. It's kind of like the T.I. situation. I had been rocking with T.I. since I was 17 but really didn't work with him until I was 25. It's about being consistent [with] yourself and your work and your grind. That's the most important thing you can be consistent with.
If your grind is not consistent, you're not going places. I kept trying to get T.I. when I was 18, 19, 20, 21 and I could have easily have said, 'I give up, T.I. just ain't messing with me.' I could have ended up with a different future just with me saying those words. 'Me and T.I. ain't going to happen.' So I kept telling myself, 'It's going to work out.' And it's the same with Young Buck, it turned out in both of these situations they needed me the most. When I worked with T.I., he had just gotten out of jail, did the Paper Trail project. I did four tracks on there and the album did three million, almost four million sold. Probably four or five million worldwide. So that was a huge project.
Being able to come back and say, 'I produce the whole 'Back On My Bucksh*t Vol. 2' and hosted and produced the whole 'Beat Down Series', was huge for me in the streets. It may not have gotten me the million dollar platinum plaques and Grammy Awards, but it did give me a h*ll of a resume for the streets to say, 'This is a new Beat Down mixtape series, hosted by Drumma Boy.' Young Buck's back on the block and now he's been averaging about $6,500, $6,700 a show and keeping his whole career alive and popping. So for me to say I'm behind that is just a blessing and I appreciate him giving me the opportunity.
Drumma Boy is a Southern rap producer based in Atlanta, GA, whose credits include collaborations with many of the most popular rappers in the South, most notably T.I. and Young Jeezy. Drumma Boy initially established himself on the Memphis rap scene, working with local rappers such as Gangsta Boo, Yo Gotti, and Tela. Some of his early work can be heard on the albums Double Dose (2000) by Tela ("Tennessee Titans"), Enquiring Minds, Vol. 2: The Soap Opera (2003) by Gangsta Boo ("Sippin & Spinnin"), and Life(2003) by Yo Gotti ("Life"). In 2004 he moved from Memphis to Atlanta to pursue a career in Southern rap production.