Memphis producer/rapper Drumma Boy recently talked about putting on for his city and why it is vital for his fellow hometown artists to stick together in order to succeed.
In Drumma’s perspective, Memphis artists have always had to go the extra mile to prove their worth.
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.” (MTV)
Back in March, Memphis rapper Yo Gotti hit up SOHH and discussed his city getting mainstream shine as of late.
“Memphis is most definitely on the grind right now,” Gotti told SOHH. “You got Young Buck, you got Don Trip, you got a lot of hot producers out here coming up like Drumma Boy and Drumma Drumma. We just trying to get it and put the sh*t on. We most definitely feel like it’s our time and we most definitely are trying to put in the work. We ain’t looking for no handouts. We just gonna grab it. This is what we do.” (SOHH)
Fellow Memphis rapper Don Trip also recently spoke to SOHH on the initial stereotype most Memphis rappers encounter when trying to make a name for themselves.
“If I would have came out and said I’m from Memphis, the first thing you would have looked at was the people from Memphis that came out before me,” Trip explained to SOHH. “That’s not what I’m showing. I’m showing that I can do this, this is something I’m great at. If I let you know who I am first, you get to develop your opinion off that and not where I’m from and what I came from. You don’t got this expectation of who I’m supposed to be.” (SOHH)
Last September, Don Trip talked about swaying away from his music sounding too regional.
“When I started recording I didn’t want to sound like none of what was coming out from Memphis. I wanted to stand alone. I didn’t want anyone to say, Oh he sounds like he’s from Memphis. Either you like it or you don’t. If you do or don’t like it, it’s not just because I’m from Memphis, it’s because of me.” (The FADER)
Check out some past Drumma Boy footage below: