Street Symphony (producer)
|Birth name||Torrance Esmond|
|Also known as||Street, Symphony|
|Occupations||Record producer, A&R, Entrepreneur|
|Labels||Track Or Die|
|Associated acts||2 Chainz, Meek Mill, Yo Gotti, Ludacris, Lecrae, Starlito, Rick Ross, Lil Scrappy, Scotty|
From multi-platinum superstars in search of epic backdrops to mainstream-aimed Christian artists in search of commercial accessibility, producer/music executive Torrance “Street Symphony” Esmond is a top source for sounds. The Grammy award-winning Tennessee native and Track Or Die CEO has produced for the likes of Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, Yo Gotti, Lecrae and more.
Dividing his youth between Memphis and Nashville, Street Symphony was compelled to pursue a career in music after watching an Outkast concert. With roommates owning equipment, the Sean Combs-influenced entrepreneur began making beats by fiddling with the turntables and drum machines through the night in his Middle Tennessee State University dorm. At school, Street juggled prospects of a bountiful career in Electrical Engineering with his visions of music stardom. In the end, he switched majors, formed a notable area Hip-Hop group and went all in. Through performing at college parties, Street Symphony garnered respect and fans on campus, as well as surrounding areas. People took notice, ranging from Street’s early mentor Carlos “6 July” Broady, to NBA champion superstar Gary Payton, who signed the producer to his Rock Solid imprint in 2005. It was there that Street Symphony acquainted himself with big recording studios, honing his original sounding repertoire of beats with the likes of Yo Gotti and Starlito, who were flirting with a Cash Money Records deal. Overnight sessions, traveling, and a tireless hustle gave Street Symphony a director’s chair in the action, as he refined his multi-genre, unique style of music.
Solidifying his presence in Tennessee, Street Symphony took interest in the Houston hustle. As artists like Paul Wall, Chamillionaire, and Mike Jones were reaching gold and platinum, Street remembered thinking, “Let me catch this wave.” As he slept on his H-Town friend’s floor, worked a day-job, and devoted off hours to his craft, he networked to shop his tracks to any artists he could reach. “In the evenings, I’d get out and hustle. I’d go to Guitar Center, in the DJ room, and play my beats so everyone could hear.” Local artists took interest, as well as stars like Lil' Keke of the Screwed Up Click.
After finding success in Houston, Street Symphony followed Rap’s next wave to Atlanta. It was there that he connected with Ludacris’s label Disturbing tha Peace working with I-20, Dolla Boy of Playaz Circle & Luda himself. In 2009 he reconnected with friend and former college classmate, Lecrae. With a label, Reach Records behind him, Lecrae hoped to expand his audience and accessibility, attaching the touted-Christian Rap star with music that legitimized his careful message. First contributing to Lecrae’s Rehab album, Street Symphony’s knowledge and sound attracted his longtime friend and the Reach Records’ brass to want him on board. As their flagship artist was kicking down mainstream doors, Street had a musical style and a Rolodex that functioned as a key to the industry’s doors. In the subsequent two years, Street Symphony would handle artist and repertoire and executive production of Lecrae’s music, especially surrounding his acclaimed Church Clothes mixtape series. In the time together, Lecrae garnered a Top 3 debut, as Street Symphony earned his first GMA Dove Award and Grammy Award, for 2012’s Gravity.
Following his success in this new genre of music, Street Symphony returned to the mainstream focusing on his Track Or Die production company. After affiliation from working together in The Playaz Circle days, 2 Chainz welcomed Street Symphony to the studio to assist in crafting the 2014 EP, Freebase—including video single “Trap Back.”
Although Street Symphony has had success in the R&B and Hip Hop world he is looking forward to expanding his repertoire. “There’s so many layers to what I’m building,” he says. Appreciating the awards as professional validations, this playmaker most appreciates when his hard work is heard by the masses. “I really want to showcase on the Top 100 charts and radio.”
Once shopping his sound from Tennessee to Texas to Georgia, top artists are now the ones traveling to Street Symphony to maestro their music.
Track Or Die
After two years of working on staff as A&R, obtaining record label experience, Street Symphony departed from Reach Records. In February of 2014, he started his own production company called Track Or Die. There are currently three producers signed to Track Or Die: 808XEliTE and DO Speaks.
The following is a list of songs produced or co-produced by Street Symphony.
- Starlito "Mo Problems"
- Darquan "Err'Body on D"
- Lil Scrappy "Look Like This" (featuring Gucci Mane)
- Clyde Carson "Popular Thugs" (featuring The Jacka)
- Lady Dolla "Gotta Get My Money (Remix)" (featuring B.G., Gorilla Zoe, Yung LA,Tc and Bun B
- Starlito "I Don't Believe Her"
- Starlito "Grind Hard Cypher"
- Darquan "Crazee"
- I-20 "Down Chic" (featuring Devin the Dude and Lil Keke)
- Arab "31st Floor"
- Arab "Go"
- Playaz Circle "Oxygen" (featuring J. Hard)
- Lecrae "New Shalom" (featuring PRo)
- Starlito "SW3"
- Lecrae "Overdose"
- Lecrae "Blow Your High" (featuring Canon)
- Trina "Waist So Skinny" (featuring Rick Ross)
- Tedashii "Go Until I'm Gone" (featuring Thi'sl)
- Thi'sl "My Radio On Drugs"
- Thi'sl "It's Not About Me" (featuring Pettidee)
- Json "Making Me Over" (featuring Pastor AD3 and Tedashii)
- Swoope "Schizo" (featuring Tedashii)
- Lecrae "Cold World" (featuring Tasha Catour)
- Lecrae "No Regrets" (featuring Suzy Rock)
- KB "Don't Mean Much" (featuring Sho Baraka and Mitch Parks from After Edmund)
- Canon "Work"
- Alex Faith "Georgia Clay" (featuring JAMM)
- Lecrae "Co-Sign"
- Lecrae "The Drop (Intro)"
- Lecrae "Fakin" (featuring Thi'sl)
- Lecrae "Buttons"
- Lecrae "Lord Have Mercy" (featuring Tedashii)
- Lecrae "Tell The World" (featuring Mali Music)
- Andy Mineo "Curious"
- Andy Mineo "Tug Of War" (featuring Krizz Kaliko)
- Scotty "Fuss And Fight" (featuring Lecrae)
- Derek Minor "Dear Mr. Christian" (featuring Dee-1 and Lecrae)
- Derek Minor "In God We Trust" (featuring Thi'sl)
- Starlito & Don Trip "Paper, Rock, Scissors"
- Lecrae "Co-Sign pt. 2"
- Lecrae "Believe"
- Lecrae "Sell Out"
- Lecrae "My Whole Life Changed"
- Lecrae "Hang On"
- Don Trip ft Starlito "Road Warriors"
- Don Trip "Cream of the Crop"
- Don Trip "Neil Armstrong"
- 2 Chainz "Trap Back"
- Snootie Wild "Hear I Go" (featuring Starlito)
Awards and achievements
- 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards (2012) - Awarded Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year 2012
- 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards (2013) - Awarded Rap/Hip Hop Song of the Year
- 55th Annual Grammy Awards - Awarded Best Gospel Album
- 50th Annual Grammy Awards - Nominated for Best Contemporary R&B Album
- 51st Annual Grammy Awards - Nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
- 51st Annual Grammy Awards - Nominated for Best R&B Song