Slow Roll of Success with Drumz & Rosez

MKE to ATL Producer/Engineer Drumz & Rosez has been here for the long game, and it’s paying off

            No matter the cards dealt to Drumz & Rosez, he has played them to their fullest. It would have been easy to let it slip away, fold it all by saying fuck it all and running away from the trials and tribulations in his early years. Instead, he remained at the table, slowly building his pile of chips, watching and learning until he knew it was time to stand up and claim what was his. Even when it seemed like all was lost, getting locked up, losing his father at age 16 and then his mother two years ago, he continued to fight through the odds and keep learning from every situation he found himself in. He left his hometown to follow his dreams, yet has been able to remain true to his humble roots. If rocks can be turned into diamonds with pressure, it seems Drumz has become one of the most vivid stones on the rise today.  

            Growing up in Milwaukee, Drumz was driven by music from a young age. His father was the head engineer for the Milwaukee Public Schools, meaning he had to go into the schools early morning before they were open to finish up the needed repairs. Most days, Drumz and a cousin of his would go to work with Drumz dad, since he always worked in their school. The two would hang out in the car, dissecting album after album until it was time for attendance. Any time that Drumz would be riding around the city with his dad, a devoted Temptations fan, his pops would quiz him on the details behind the music. These in-depth, informal lessons helped lay the foundation for a love of music, and what now is a prospering career. Although always musically inclined, Drumz first began to play trumpet in 4th grade, sports held Drumz attention while in high school. Attending Washington High School, he was surrounded by others who were already on their musical shit, including a future collaborator D.Tigg$. It was also while in high school that Drumz dad was grievously injured while working at General Mitchell airport. A plane propeller knocked him in the head, fracturing his orbital bone, and fully breaking the bone in left arm. Doctors inserted a metal plate over his eye but were unable to fix the brain damage, as the brain stems had stretched in the back of his brain from the accident. It didn’t take long for Drumz to start running in the streets, which ended with him being locked up in 2005 for 3 years. Amazingly, when he came home in 2008, his father who had been given three days to live was still fighting for his life. Seeing him pass away in Drumz arms, inspired Drumz to get his shit straight and work as hard as hard for his child as his dad had for Drumz.

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            It was in 2010 that Drumz first began to dabble with making music, while still living in Milwaukee, working cleaning a day-care to make ends meet. He had come home from The first production software Drumz tried his hand at was garage band, on an old apple laptop which he bought from a guy on craigslist. Unbeknownst to Drumz at the time, he was unable to use FruityLoops on that laptop with its lack of intel processor, leaving him to dive headfirst into Garage band. It didn’t take him long begin outpacing those who first showed him the software, and his drive led him to enrolling in Full Sail. Full Sail is a music university, no doubt the ads have come up on your screen if you have spent enough time watching music videos on YouTube, promising to help launch a career in music. In Drumz experience taking the classes online, the most valuable aspect was the equipment that was provided to the students. After years of making do with whatever he could get his hands on, upon enrolling he received a Macbook pro, Protools and Logic, a midi, along with what potentially was the most valuable, Sennheiser headphones. Using top-notch equipment allowed Drumz to fully delve into the deepest corners of his beats, fleshing them out to perfection. Unfortunately, taking the classes online didn’t enable Drumz to learn the sorts of tips and tricks he would have if he was taking the classes in person. Instead, he reached out to an old friend, Bizzy B, who took Drumz under his wing and began to teach him the intracacies of mixing and mastering files by tracking them out. It didn’t take long for Drumz to progress, spending hour after hour working on his craft in silence, knowing the world would take notice.

            Drumz is a consummate student, always striving to better himself in his craft, adding skills to the repertoire and growing his network. No one does anything in this game alone, and being in the right place at the right time can be of the utmost importance. It is also important to be able to distinguish between meeting new people and networking with a purpose. His cousin, fellow producer/engineer Bizness Boi, gave him some of the most important advice he ever received, “He told me to go find events and make sure I shake every persons hand there,”. People want to be able to put a face to the name, especially nowadays when so much work is done over the internet. For Drumz, it led to some incredible major placement opportunities. One of the first was with The Game, when Drumz was tapped to produce the beat for “Dollar and Dream” which appeared on Documentary 2, in 2015. In the next few years, Drumz was able to connect with that camp a few more times, adding in production credits on songs from Dave East, Dubo, and adding another two songs with Game to his resume.

            Ask any up and coming artist who they want to work with most in the future, and they’ll most likely reference a favorite artist of theirs as a child. It’s one of the most beautiful aspects of music, bringing together the generations of artists to create, build, and grow further into the future. One might even call it full circle, if they’re cliché enough, which I am. Drumz was able to work with Layzie Bone of Bone Thugs N’ Harmony, after getting in contact with Layzie from calling into a radio station Layzie was taking calls on in Dallas. It was a leap of faith that worked out beautifully, and ended up not just with a production credit on a random album, but with a lead single that was released in prep for a new album. Even Snoop Dogg retweeted a bunch of tweets referencing the single, and putting it on his page, something that swelled Drumz’s moms heart to no end. His mom had been his biggest supporter in music, from day one, and to see his work being lauded by industry giants was just as important as the accolades themselves.

            For the past few years, Drumz has been working heavily with D.Tigg$, a fellow Milwaukee-Atlanta transplant, as Tigg$ has worked himself back into the studio, dropping albums at a blistering pace. Their chemistry is evident on track after track, especially when Tana Man is thrown into the mix. 2020 has been an incredibly productive year for Drumz all around, even taking a trip out to Las Vegas earlier this year that was fully paid for off the love he had earned throughout his grind. He almost didn’t go either, with four dollars in his bank account the day before he sat stressed wondering if he should do it or not. He had lost his mom two years before that, and had been feeling lost, but in the end, making the decision to go out there was one of the best he has ever made. 2021 is sure to be a year of continued promise for Drumz as he bangs out project after project, living in the studio as much as his own home, and continuing to travel and grow his network. He has a documentary releasing soon from We Create Music, and an album or two still to be released from D.Tigg$ and Tana Man. Salute to Drumz, the man banging it out in the studio, to show that if you focus and work your ass off, anything is possible.

Jake Zinda

23 years old, from Wisconsin Hip-Hop Journalist @CMAG N.S.C.T.D.

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