Shawty Redd

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Shawty Redd
Birth name Demetrius Stewart
Also known as This Dude Produces Some Sick Songs Man
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Genres Hip hop, R&B, pop, techno, trap
Occupations Record producer, songwriter, rapper
Instruments Synthesizer, keyboards, sampler
Years active 2000–present
Labels 1017 Brick Squad Records
Associated acts Young Jeezy, Snoop Dogg, T.I., Pastor Troy, Gucci Mane, Drumma Boy, Bun B

Shawty Redd (born Demetrius Stewart) is an American record producer,[1] rapper, and songwriter. In November 2007, he gained fame when he produced "Sensual Seduction", the first single from multi-platinum rapper Snoop Dogg's Ego Trippin'. In addition to being a hit, it marked the official mainstream acceptance of this young producer’s return to a more complex Hip-Hop sound, one which borrows from other genres and utilizes a full spectrum of instrumentation. “In Atlanta, we were already known to do records like this, going back to the days of Kilo Ali and Raheem The Dream,” he explains “And everyone said that type of music wouldn’t come back in style. By Snoop doing it, he made it okay for everyone else to do it.” Prior to the West Coast co-sign, Shawty Redd, who always considered himself as much artist as producer, kept his more experimental tracks to himself.[citation needed]

When Redd landed his first placement at age seventeen, his success had already been a long time in the making. Like many influential artists, Redd was first introduced to music through religion as a child. By the age of 6 he was playing multiple instruments, including the piano and drums. Already his life’s passion, music became his salvation. It wasn’t long before trouble found him and, when granted a second chance, Redd made a promise to his Grandmother that he would not need a third.

His career in music began soon after, when he landed an internship with event promoters Twin Productions. In addition to learning the ins-and-outs of stage and sound set-up, the position allowed him to interact with some of the most successful southern artists of the time. In 2000, at the age of 17, Shawty Redd produced Atlanta artist Drama’s entire debut album, the RIAA-certified gold selling Causin' Drama, which spawned the hit single “Left, Right, Left.” He parlayed his success with Drama into opportunities for his protégés the 404 Soldiers and a placement on the soundtrack to 2001’s Save The Last Dance.

Soon thereafter, Redd forged a friendship with label owner turned reluctant rapper Young Jeezy. Driven by each other’s determination to attain success, the two opened a new chapter in Atlanta’s musical history.[citation needed] At a point when Redd felt he might be ready to abandon the business of music, Jeezy approached him with an offer to purchase some tracks. Those twelve track became Jeezy’s critically acclaimed mixtape, Streetz Iz Watchin’, which catapulted the rapper to mainstream attention and a deal with Def Jam Records.

Redd’s signature sound became synonymous with “trap” or “dope boy music.” With production credits for artists like Gucci Mane and Maceo, as well as some of the most popular tracks on Jeezy’s label debut Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101, including “Trap or Die,” “Air Forces,” and “Get Ya Mind Right,” it wasn’t long before he found his multi-layered, drum-laden style imitated. His popularity in the South also led to placements with Pastor Troy, Eightball & MJG, and on Young Jeezy’s sophomore effort The Inspiration. By 2006, he found it necessary to expand his production repertoire to incorporate his musical upbringing, creating more melodious songs like Black Jak’s “Ride and Swerve.” and Big Kuntry King’s debut single “Da Baddest". At the end of 2006, Shawty Redd met recording/mix engineer Seth Firkins at Hot Beats Studio in Atlanta GA. Firkins' style with mixing blended seamlessly into Redd's "Bass-Heavy" productions. Quickly, Firkins became Shawty Redd's personal engineer, traveling from studio to studio while maintaining Redd's reputation as the pre-eminent "Trap Producer".[citation needed]

Shawty Redd continues to celebrate milestones in his career. In addition to landing the second single on Kuntry’s album, My Turn to Eat’s “We Here,” Shawty Redd is the man behind Jeezy’s “Who Dat”, the third single from 2008’s The Recession. He has also been working with Ludacris, Lil Jon, The Clipse, Hurricane Chris, Yo Gotti, Kia Shine, Nina Sky and Shawty Putt on their latest projects.

Solo career[edit]

Production discography[edit]

From [1]

2012[edit]

Rick Ross - God Forgives, I Don't

Gucci Mane - I'm Up

  • "Gymnast"

2011[edit]

Pusha T - Fear of God 2: Let Us Pray

Young Jeezy - The Real Is Back

  • "Win Win"

Gucci Mane & Future - Free Bricks

  • "Go For It"

2010[edit]

Lil' Jon - Crunk Rock

Gucci Mane - The State vs. Radric Davis

  • Heavy

Gucci Mane - Burrrprint (2) HD

  • Parked Outside

Yo Gotti - Live from the Kitchen

Young Jeezy - The Last Laugh (mixtape)

  • All White Everything (feat. Yo Gotti)
  • Jizzle (Feat. Lil Jon)
  • Let Me Handle My Business
  • Rap Game
  • Amen
  • Last Laugh
  • Game Over
  • Do It All Again (feat .Slick Pulla, Yo Gotti)
  • Strip Club
  • Trippin (feat. Slick Pulla)
  • Don't Stop
  • Pressure on

2009[edit]

Hurricane Chris - Unleashed

  • I'm Back

Young Jeezy

  • Trap Files

Gucci Mane - The Cold War Series - Guccimerica, Burrussia, Great Brritain

  • Nerd
  • Hush Ya Mouth
  • Good Money
  • Break Ya Self
  • I Am Legend
  • Foreign
  • Dangers Not A Stranger

Gucci Mane - Burrrprint: 3D (The Movie: Part 3)

  • My Shadow
  • Candy Lady
  • Candy Lady (Remix)

2008[edit]

Snoop Dogg - Ego Trippin'

Young Jeezy - The Recession

Gucci Mane - From Zone 6 To Duval (mixtape)

  • Nickelodeon
  • Run Tell Dat(Workin)
  • Pussy Puller
  • That What It Is
  • My Rim Dancin
  • H2O
  • So Much Money
  • Hot Damn
  • Pampers
  • Can't Keep Up

2007[edit]

Gucci Mane - Back to the Trap House

  • Stash House

2006[edit]

Young Jeezy - The Inspiration

  • Hypnotize
  • U Know What It Is
  • J.E.E.Z.Y

2005[edit]

Gucci Mane - Trap House

  • Trap House
  • Pyrex Pot
  • Corner Cuttin
  • That's My Hood
  • Brick Man
  • Two Thangs

Young Jeezy - Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101

  • Thug Motivation 101(Intro)
  • Gangsta Music
  • Bottom Of The Map
  • Get Ya Mind Right
  • Trap Or Die
  • That's How Ya Feel

BONUS TRACK:

  • Air Forces
  • Ova Here (Feat. Bun B)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Caramanica, Jon (13 December 2009). "Gucci Mane, No Holds Barred". The New York Times. p. 27. Retrieved 22 September 2011.