Producer Of The Year: Drumma Boy
Even though year end lists are played like King Tee’s baby grand, I did want to give one last nod to Drumma Boy. 2008 has been a landmark year for the Memphis producer and nobody is really talking about it. (If only there were some sort magazine dedicated to the work of prominent hip hop producers.) It’s crazy how he has evolved from the dude who placed loose cuts on Gangsta Boo comeback albums to literally the most consistent and diverse beatmaker in hip hop. He helmed the biggest hit off the year’s best album (Jeezy – “Put On”), the greatest record in the year’s best beef (TI – “What Up, What’s Happenin’?”) and the best Dracula impersonation ever (Gorilla Zoe – “Lost”). All the while he was refining this completely unique and sort of morose aesthetic, gothic crunk, as the Clipse’s favorite blogger might have put it.
It looks like Drumma also produced about half of the Rocko album, which umma bout to listen to. Wish me luck.
Honorable mentions, with consideration for originality and consistency: Bangladesh (“A Milli”, multiple fake “A Milli”s), Best Kept Secret (The Mixtape About Nothing), Black Milk (Tronic), Block Beataz (Starshipz & Rockets), Jake One (White Van Music), Jim Jonsin (a bunch of fruity radio joints that were still kinda good), Kidz With Machine Gunz (Killer Mike – “God In The Building”, Tracey T – “Swagger Right Check”), No ID (Kanye – “Heartless”, “God In The Building” [co-prod.], Spree Wilson – “Word”), Ron Browz (E E ther Boy), Sid Roams (Product Of The 80s), Zaytoven (8,000 Gucci joints).