Multi-platinum producer, Drumma Boy, has made quite the name for himself in the Hip-Hop and R&B industries. From producing the award-winning club smash, No Hands, for rapper Waka Flaka, to Never Meant To Lead You On by Jagged Edge, Drumma has consistently proven his ability to make hit after hit. Now, in an insightful — and unexpected — blog post on the HuffingtonPost.com, he reveals that orchestral music is the foundation of his base-driven productions and that a marriage between the two genres is not as farfetched as people might believe:
Orchestral and Hip-Hop — along with Rhythm & Blues, Jazz and Country — are all necessary ingredients in the Memphis gumbo that seasoned my perspective on manhood and music. Though I flirted with selecting one genre and perfecting it, once I began studying the diverse career of iconic composer Quincy Jones, I began to realize that the merger of Hip-Hop and Classical music is not impossible — it is inevitable.
There is an electric synergy between the two genres of Classical and Crunk, but one has to have a discerning ear to recognize the instinctive connection. One has only to listen to Nas‘s sampling of Beethoven‘s Fur Elise in his inspirational ghetto hymnal, I Can, Coolio‘s C U When U Get There or former G-Unit soldier, Young Buck rhyming menacingly over Mozart‘s Requiem in Say It To My Face, to feel the mirror tension and twisted beauty that lies in both genres. The theatre of Carmen: A Hip-Hopera — based on the 1875 French opera Carmen, by Georges Bizet, and Kanye‘s ‘Runaway.’
Drumma Boy, who also raps under the alias D-Boy Fresh, shows his extensive knowledge of orchestral history when he shares his appreciation of Ludwig van Beethoven and examines how the maestro’s deafness enhanced his capability to feel music on another level:
From his 3rd symphony (Eroica), to his 5th symphony (Symphony No. 5 in C minor), I find my true, kindred spirit lives within the music of Ludwig van Beethoven. He couldn’t hear at the height of his career when he created his masterful 9th symphony — what many consider to be his magnum opus and the first symphony by a major composer that incorporated vocals — but, he, like I, understood that music transcends sound; it breathes with each note that is created.
Read more on Drumma Boy and the connection between Hip-Hop and Classical music at Huffington Post.