Sonny Digital

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Sonny Digital
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Background information
Birth name Sonny Corey Uwaezuoke[1]
Born (1991-03-05) March 5, 1991 (age 23)
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Genres Hip hop, trap
Occupation(s) Record Producer, Rapper
Instruments FL Studio
Years active 2010–Present
Labels Universal Publishing, Sonny Digital Music Group,
Associated acts Future, Gorilla Zoe, YC, 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, Ace Hood, Juicy J
Website Sonny Digital

Sonny Corey Uwaezuoke (born March 5, 1991),[2] better known by his stage name Sonny Digital, is an American record producer and rapper from Atlanta, Georgia,[3] who rose to prominence after producing YC's hit single "Racks" in 2011. He is best known for his production on Future’s single "Same Damn Time" and 2 Chainz's "Birthday Song" featuring Kanye West.

Calvin Stovall of BET called Sonny "one of the game's hottest young producers" and stated that he is "leading a renaissance of young beat makers," such as Hit-Boy and Jahlil Beats.[4] The young producer has worked with a lot of major hip-hop artists such as: Future, Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, Kanye West, Rick Ross, Juicy J, Waka Flocka Flame, Wiz Khalifa, French Montana, Mistah F.A.B., Trae, Ca$h Out, Gorilla Zoe, Roscoe Dash, Wale, Ace Hood, Kirko Bangz, Mac Miller, and Travis Porter.[5][6] He has also collaborated with other producers such as 808 Mafia's Southside and TM88,[7] Will A Fool, Lex Luger and Young Chop among others.

In 2011, Sonny created his own label Sonny Digital Music Group. Currently, he is the only artist signed to the label. He is also signed as a producer to Universal Publishing.[5]

Music career[edit]

Career beginnings[edit]

Sonny was born on March 5, 1991 in Michigan, but was raised in Atlanta.[3] He has been involved in making music since an early age. At first he started rapping while at school, but found it hard to get instrumentals to rap over. When he was 13, he got influenced by his older cousin to start making beats. Besides school, Sonny didn't have other hobbies like playing sports or video games, so he dedicated a large amount of his free time to creating music. Sonny was inspired by famous producers Shawty Redd and Drumma Boy and initially tried to copy their sound while learning to make beats. Eventually his production transformed into his own style.[8]

When he was 16, he joined a hip-hop group as a producer and was also producing mixtapes for other local artists. By that time, he realized he could take making music seriously and make it into his career. Sonny quietly waited for his big break while building up a name for himself as a talented upcoming producer. That break came a few years later when rapper YC used one of his beats for the single "Racks", which went to become a national hit, peaking at #42 on the Billboard Hot 100[9] and being certified Gold by RIAA. The song was also featured in the Billboard 2011 Year-end Rap songs and R&B/Hip-hop songs charts.[10][11] Sonny recalls initially sending the beat for "Racks" to a few well-known rappers, who passed on it.[12] Brendan Klinkenberg from Complex Music wrote the real reason for the song's success was not YC's performance but Sonny's catchy beat.[13] "Racks" helped to boost the careers of Sonny Digital and YC, as well as rapper Future, who was also featured on the track. Sonny and Future became frequent collaborators and have since worked on a number of songs together.

Present[edit]

Sonny released his first official mixtape Digital History on May 9, 2011. The tape, hosted by DJ 1Hunnit, is a collection of songs Sonny had produced between 2010 and 2011. It features many upcoming rappers, as well as known artists, such as Plies, Wale, 2 Chainz and Future. It has been viewed over 70,000 times on LiveMixtapes.[14]

Sonny produced 6 songs on Gorilla Zoe's album King Kong released in June. Sonny's second mixtape Behind the Muzik was released on September 8, 2011. It is a collaboration with fellow producer Will A Fool, where each produced half of the songs.[15]

In late 2011, Sonny produced Future's hit single "Same Damn Time", which was initially featured on Future's mixtape Streetz Calling. Following the song's success, in 2012 Future released a new version of "Same Damn Time" as the third official single from his debut album Pluto. It peaked at number 92 on the Billboard Hot 100.[16] A music video for the single was released on April 4, 2012 and has since been viewed nearly 5 million times on YouTube. Sonny Digital also produced the official remix of "Same Damn Time" featuring rappers Diddy and Ludacris, which was released on May 17, 2012. The remix was featured on Future's re-release of Pluto, titled Pluto 3D.[17]

In March 2012, Sonny produced Gorilla Zoe's mixtape Gorilla Zoe World. The tape was certified bronze for being downloaded over 25,000 times on popular mixtape site DatPiff.[18] In early 2012 Sonny also worked on Gucci Mane's mixtapes Trap Back and I'm Up. On June 8, 2012, Sonny Digital released his debut rap single, "Business Man", featuring rapper Que. The song was produced by BWheezy.[19][20]

Sonny co-produced 2 Chainz' single "Birthday Song", which was released on July 24, 2012. Sonny created the original beat, which was later modified by a number of GOOD Music producers – Kanye West, BWheezy, Anthony Kilhoffer, Lifted and Mike Dean.[21][22] The single peaked at number 49 on the US Hot 100, and also entered top 10 of the R&B and Rap charts. The official music video was released on August 30, 2012, and became a viral success, gaining over 30 million views on YouTube. Sonny stated he always wanted to work with West and "Birthday Song" is his proudest production to date.[23]

Later in 2012, Sonny produced the track "Don’t Get Me Started", which was featured on the deluxe version of DJ Khaled's album Kiss the Ring, as well as on Ace Hood's mixtape Body Bag 2. The official video for the promo single was released on August 17, 2012 on Ace Hood's YouTube channel. Sonny was featured on Jo FloWroshus' single "Attention" from his 900° album. In an interview with BET Sonny stated he was working with artists B.o.B, Ace Hood and Wiz Khalifa, and making a new mixtape with fellow producer Drumma Boy.[24] He also wants to work with a famous pop singer like Justin Bieber.[25]

In March 2013, Sonny released a collaboration mixtape with rapper Que, titled Forbes Atlanta.[26]

Production style and inspiration[edit]

Sonny uses the music production software FL Studio[5] along with custom plug-ins to make his beats. He usually produces upbeat club songs which are distinguished by their hard-hitting sound and the use of heavy basslines, 808 kicks and sped up hi-hats.

Sonny seeks inspiration in listening to other producers' tracks, music in general and watching movies. He is a fan of producers Shawty Redd and Drumma Boy. His favorite albums are Drake's Take Care, Rick Ross' Teflon Don and Young Jeezy's Thug Motivation 101.[23]

Discography (as lead artist)[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

  • 2011 – Digital History, hosted by DJ 1Hunnit
  • 2011 – Behind the Muzik (with Will A Fool), hosted by DJ Iceberg & DJ Pretty Boy Tank
  • 2012 – Gorilla Zoe World (with Gorilla Zoe), hosted by Trap-A-Holics, DJ Smallz & DJ Nando
  • 2013 – Forbes Atlanta (with Que), hosted by DJ Scream & DJ Spinz

Singles[edit]

  • 2012 – Business Man (feat. Que), prod. by BWheezy

Production discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Certifications Album
US
US R&B
US Rap
2010 "What's Goin' On" (Gorilla Zoe)[27] - 99 - King Kong
2011 "Racks" (YC feat. Future) 42 8 6 Rack Nation
2012 "Same Damn Time" (Future) 92 12 16 Pluto
"Birthday Song" (2 Chainz feat. Kanye West) 47 10 8
  • RIAA: Gold
Based on a T.R.U. Story
2014 "Covered N Money" (Future) - - - Honest

Other songs[edit]

2011[edit]

Gorilla Zoe - King Kong

  • 03 - Crazy (featuring Gucci Mane) (with Jesse "Corporal" Wilson (co))
  • 04 - Nasty (featuring Yo Gotti)
  • 05 - At All (featuring Ray Dinero)
  • 06 - What's Goin On
  • 08 - Your Bitch
  • 09 - My Shawty

Wiz Khalifa - Cabin Fever

YC - Racks (CDS)

  • 01 - Racks (featuring Future)

Juicy J - Rubba Band Business 2

  • 04 - Me
  • 13 - Bought Some Guns Yesterday

Roscoe Dash - J.U.I.C.E.

  • 06 - Very First Time
  • 07 - Awesome

Ace Hood - Blood, Sweat & Tears

  • 06 - Memory Lane (featuring Kevin Cossom)

WaleThe Eleven One Eleven Theory

  • 09 - Passive Aggres-Her[28]

Juicy J - Blue Dream & Lean[29]

  • 03 - Juicy J Can't
  • 08 - Geeked Up On Them Bars
  • 17 - You Want Deez Rackz (with Lex Luger)
  • 23 - Been Gettin' Money

Future - Streetz Calling

  • 02 - Same Damn Time

Kid InkWheels Up[30]

  • 06 - Never Change

2012[edit]

Future – Astronaut Status

  • 08 - Jordan Diddy (featuring Gucci Mane)

Gorilla Zoe - Gorilla Zoe World

  • All songs

Gucci Mane - Trap Back

  • 02 - Back in 95

SPOT – The Price Iz Right

  • 02 - Young N!ggaz Gettin $ (featuring Sonny Digital)

Gucci Mane - I'm Up

  • 09 - Drink Mud

Future - Pluto

  • 11 - Same Damn Time

Young Lace – Above Average[31]

  • 05 - Sold Out (featuring Dubb & Cashout Kidd)
  • 06 - Ball (featuring Cashout Kidd & Mann)
  • 12 - Money In (featuring Kid Ink)
  • 14 - How We Ball (Feat. T.I. & Don)

Juicy J – Blue Dream & Lean (Bonus Tracks)

  • 05 - Money Mane (Remix)
  • 06 - These Hands

Chevy WoodsGang Land

  • 15 - M’Fer (featuring Wiz Khalifa)

Waka Flocka Flame - Triple F Life

  • 18 - Everything I Love (featuring Future & Trouble) (with Southside)

Jackie Chain – Bruce Lean Chronicles

  • 04 - Numbers

2 Chainz - Based on a T.R.U. Story

  • 05 - Birthday Song (featuring Kanye West) (with Kanye West (co.), BWheezy (co.), Anthony Kilhoffer (add.), Lifted (add.) and Mike Dean (add.))

DJ Khaled - Kiss the Ring

  • 13 - Don't Get Me Started (featuring Ace Hood)

Ace Hood - Body Bag 2

  • 07 - Don't Get Me Started
  • 10 - Lottery (featuring Kevin Cossom)

Trae Tha Truth - Tha Blackprint

Diamond – The Young Life[32]

  • 03 - Reality Check
  • 09 - The Thirst

RockoWordplay

  • 01 - Re (with Hollywood J)

Roscoe Dash - Roscoe 2.0

  • 10 - No Days Off

Reese – Reese Vs. The World 2

  • 06 - Again (featuring Curtis Williams)

B.o.B - Fuck 'Em We Ball[33]

  • 13 - Greedy Love

Young Lace - Bipolar

  • 03 - Papered Up
  • 06 - Pick it Up

Future - Pluto 3D

  • 03 - First Class Flights
  • 07 - My
  • 08 - Same Damn Time (Remix) (featuring Diddy & Ludacris)

Frank Whyte - 1728

  • 03 - I'm Smashin' (featuring MopTop)

2013[edit]

Sonny Digital & Que - Forbes Atlanta

  • 01 - Forbes Atlanta Intro
  • 02 - Young Nigga
  • 03 - DJ Ray G Speaks
  • 17 - Never Goin Broke

Beyonce Knowles - TBA

  • 00 - Bow Down/I Been On

Chief Keef - Bang Pt. 2

  • 00 - Where He Get It (with 808 Mafia & Metro Boomin)

Ace Hood - Trials & Tribulations

  • 04 - Before The Rollie (featuring Meek Mill)
  • 10 - Pray For Me (with 808 Mafia & Metro Boomin)

2014[edit]

Young Money - Young Money: Rise of an Empire

  • 03 - "Bang" (featuring Lil Twist, Euro, and Cory Gunz)

Wiz Khalifa - 28 Grams

  • 12 - "Jim Brown"
  • 17 - "Banger" (featuring Ty Dolla $ign)
  • 24 - "OUY"

B.o.B - No Genre Pt. 2

  • 07 - "Get Right" (featuring Mike Fresh)

ILoveMakonnenILoveMakonnen

  • 03 - "Tuesday" (featuring Drake)
  • 02 - "I Don't Sell Molly No More (Featuring Wiz Khalifa)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sonny Corey Uwaezuoke Credits AllMusic.com, Rovi Inc.
  2. ^ Sonny Digital VK.com
  3. ^ a b HHW exclusive: behind the beats with Sonny Digital Hip Hop Weekly
  4. ^ Sonny Digital: Youngest in Charge BET.com
  5. ^ a b c Behind The Boards: Sonny Digital The Source
  6. ^ Sonny Digital Discogs.com
  7. ^ South Side, TM88, & Sonny Digital Studio Session YouTube - 808 Mafia TV
  8. ^ Sonny Digital Shares Conversations With Kanye West, Working With Wiz Khalifa, DJ Khaled The Boombox
  9. ^ "YC Album & Song Chart History" Billboard
  10. ^ "2011 Year End Charts – Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs" Billboard
  11. ^ "2011 Year End Charts – Rap Songs" Billboard
  12. ^ YC's 'Racks' Producer Sonny Digital Talks Collabo MTV
  13. ^ 15 New Producers To Watch Out For > Sonny Digital Complex
  14. ^ Mixtapes › DJs › DJ 1Hunnit › Sonny Digital - Digital History LiveMixtapes.com
  15. ^ Mixtapes › DJs › DJ Iceberg, DJ Pretty Boy Tank › Sonny Digital x Will A Fool - Behind The Music LiveMixtapes.com
  16. ^ Future > Chart History Billboard
  17. ^ Future Set To Re-Release 'Pluto 3d' With New Songs Vibe
  18. ^ Gorilla Zoe - Gorilla Zoe World DatPiff.com
  19. ^ Business Man Album Version Amazon
  20. ^ Producer @SonnyDigital Releases New Single ‘Business Man’ ThatRetailChick
  21. ^ Sonny Digital Explains Origins of 2 Chainz and Kanye West’s “Birthday Song” XXL Magazine
  22. ^ 2 Chainz - Based On A T.R.U. Story SweetPotion.com
  23. ^ a b 10 Questions: Sonny Digital BMI, Broadcast Music, Inc.
  24. ^ Producer Sonny Digital Praises Kanye's Helping Hand BET.com
  25. ^ Inside the World of Sonny Digital Full Blast Magazine
  26. ^ "Sonny Digital & Que - Forbes Atlanta". LiveMixtapes. Retrieved 2013-03-22. 
  27. ^ Gorilla Zoe Album & Song Chart History Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
  28. ^ Wale The Eleven One Eleven Theory > Tracklist HipHopDX.com
  29. ^ Juicy J - Blue Dream & Lean LiveMixtapes.com
  30. ^ Kid Ink – Wheels Up DatPiff
  31. ^ DJ Mustard › Young Lace - Above Average LiveMixtapes.com
  32. ^ Diamond – The Young Life [Mixtape] OnSmash
  33. ^ B.o.B Fuck Em We Ball DatPiff, retrieved Nov 16, 2012

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