Prolyfic In The Studio
|Birth name||David Lemar Ewing Jr.|
|Also known as||Prolyfic, Pro|
|Origin||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|Genres||Hip hop, R&B, Pop|
|Occupation(s)||Record producer, Songwriter|
|Instruments||synthesizer, keyboards, drums, sampler|
|Years active||1996 – present|
|Associated acts||Lupe Fiasco, No I.D., Jay-Z, Kanye West, Jeremih, Gemini, Jazmine Sullivan, Drake|
Prolyfic (born David Lemar Ewing Jr. in Chicago, IL) is a Grammy Nominated American Hip-Hop record producer, and Songwriter best known for his work with the Grammy Award Winning hip hop artist Lupe Fiasco.
David Lemar Ewing Jr. was born in Chicago, Illinois the son of Anita Logan and David Lemar Ewing Sr. As a teenager, Ewing became interested in hip hop, performing amateur raps at age fourteen under the name Prolyfic. Although a student at Simeon Career Academy on the southside, he frequently participated in freestyle battles at local parties across town, he made way to gain the approval of hip hop underground audiences, alongside fellow members of his Inner Circle/I.C.U squad.
As Ewing's reputation grew, more popular crew's sought out to acquire him as a member. In 1997 he joined the group ILL Nature, and merged a union between the groups he had already led, and the new group he was a part of, to create the "360 Click", a crew that consisted of Inner Circle, I.C.U., & ILL Nature. They then went on to win several local, as well as All City Rap Battles, including Ewing winning 2 himself, and placing runner up in his very first attendance against local legend Profound.
As Ewing started to mature, his focus leaned more in the favor of hip hop production, purchasing his first MPC2000XL by the age of 18. Fellow Chicago producer Boogz heard his material and, taken by Ewing's unique sense of sample selection, began working with him, as well as introducing him to the circle of chi-town producers Ewing would later become a part of. Including No I.D., Kanye West, Brian "Allday" Miller, & few others. Prolyfic recalls: "I started working on my craft and getting better and better and there was this cat named Boogz, who I hooked up with at the time. We used to always hang out at the Point over on 55th and Lake Shore – that was Hip Hop land..... Boogz looked at me as a smaller version of himself.... He saw that I had a good ear for samples, but he knew I needed help on certain things. He showed me how to chop the samples up.... The way Dion "(No I.D.)" and Kanye do it. He showed me that style of chopping. He introduced me to people like Icedrake, Kanye West, No I.D. and Dug Infinite. So Boogz is really the person who is responsible for bringing me into the circle."
In 2000, Prolyfic inked his first deal with local production company "Infared Music Group", alongside fellow producer Boogz, and other hip hop acts such as Yung Berg, & L.e.p.. His first production placement was on Dame Dash Presents: Paid In Full/Dream Team Soundtrack with Oschino & Sparks on the song entitled "On and Poppin". After a brief stint at Infared, Prolyfic then became an in-house producer for Lupe Fiasco's 1st & 15th production company, but left shortly after the release of Fiasco's Grammy Award Winning debut album, Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor.
Citing "No I.D." as his mentor, teacher, & friend, Prolyfic learns by watching and studying under the legendary Chicago producer's wing. He is currently Executive Producing the release of Detroit-Chicago based recording artist Drey Skonie's debut EP entitled "One Night Stand" slated to be released March 2014.
|2002||Oschino & Sparks||Roc-A-Fella Records Presents Paid in Full||On & Poppin'||Producer||Produced with Boogz|
|2003||Foxy Brown (rapper)||Brooklyn's Don Diva||Why||Producer||Not Credited|
|2004||Lupe Fiasco||Fahrenheit 1/15 Part I: The Truth Is Among Us||Knockin' at the Door||Producer|
|Boss Playa||Producer, Vocals||Feat. Gemini & Prolyfic|
|I Know Why||Producer||Feat. Gemini|
|U Don't Know||Producer|
|2005||Lupe Fiasco||Fahrenheit 1/15 Part II: Revenge of the Nerd||Mean & Vicious||Producer|
|2006||Lupe Fiasco||Food & Liquor Advance||Dedicated||Producer||Feat. Gemini|
|Pimp Hand (Make Sure)||Producer|
|Theme Music to a Drive By (intro)||Producer|
|Real Recognize Real||Producer|
|Trials & Tribulations||Producer|
|MTV Presents: My Block Chicago Soundtrack||Pills||Producer|
|Lupe Fiasco||Food & Liquor Retail||Just Might Be Okay||Producer||Feat. Gemini|
|Pressure||Producer||Feat. Jay-Z & Gemini|
|American Terrorist||Producer||Feat. Matthew Santos|
|Carrera Lu||Producer, Vocals||Feat. Prolyfic|
|Add-2||Tale Of Two's City Vol. 3: The Rise & Fall||Pride||Producer|
|2010||Drake||You Know, You Know||Producer||Produced with Kanye West & No I.D. |
|Mikkey Halsted||The Dark Room||First Class||Producer, Vocals|
|Frozen||Producer, Writer||Feat. Kamilah Summer|
|Jazmine Sullivan||Love Me Back||Famous||Producer||Produced with No I.D.|
|MC Lyte||My Story||Producer||Feat. Anthony Hamilton|
|What We Been Thru||Producer|
|2012||Scotty ATL||The Jiffy Cornbread Experience||Too Cool||Producer||Produced with Soundtrakk|
|Pay Day||Producer||Produced with 1120|
|Cornbread Eatin'||Producer||Produced with The 2-3|
|No Sticks, No Seeds||Producer|
|King Mez||My Everlasting Zeal||Tonight||Mixer||Feat. Drey Skonie|
|Play Skool (Shape, Number, Color)||Writer, Vocals||Performed Hook|
|The Diadem||Producer||Feat. Drey Skonie Produced with Face of The 2-3|
|Yung Berg||Chicago Redemption||Know Me||Producer|
|Jeremih||Late Nights||Skit Intro/Jeremih||Producer|
|All Over Me||Producer||Feat. Sir Michael Rock of The Cool Kids|
|BJ the Chicago Kid||Pineapple Now-Laters||Sex Is The Best Breakfast||Producer|
|2014||Scotty ATL||Bad Boy '97||Producer||Feat. Rich The Kid|
|Drey Skonie||One Night Stand||One Night Only||Writer|
|My Lady/Think About it||Producer||Produced with No Speakers|
|Busy Makin' Luv||Producer||Produced with Drey Skonie & iRock|
|Luv Me Best||Writer, Producer||Produced with Drey Skonie|
|One Night Stand||Producer||Produced with iRock & Drey Skonie|
|2015||Goody||Shawty Swing  ||21 (ToAnyOne)||Producer|
|2007||Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor||Best Rap Album||Nominated |
BET Hip-Hop Awards
|2006||Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor||Hip-Hop CD of the Year||Nominated|
|2012||Scotty ATL||The Jiffy Cornbread Experience||Executive Producer, Sequencer & Arranger|
|2013||Giftz||Position of Power||A&R, Sequencer|
|2014||Drey Skonie||One Night Stand||Executive Producer, Sequencer & Arranger|
- (January 9, 2008) Lupe Fiasco Is "The Cool"-est Superstar in Hip-Hop Today; Grammy-Nominated Rapper's Sophomore Album Debuts at #1 on Reuters. Accessed October 6, 2008.
- Henry Adaso. 2006 BET Hip-Hop Awards About.com. Accessed October 6, 2008.