ANDREWS “DREW” CORREA RECEIVES FIRST GRAMMY NOMINATION & PRODUCES LEAD-SINGLE, “PROM QUEEN” FOR LIL WAYNE’S ROCK “REBIRTH”
There’s a good chance you may already know just exactly who Andrews “Drew” Correa is. After all, he has recently been nominated for a Grammy award (for “Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group” for his contribution to Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III (which itself has been nominated for 6 Grammy’s and became 2008’s top selling LP and is now 3 times Platinum) for his production on Wayne’s “Mr. Carter” f/Jay-Z.
Born in Florianopolis Brazil (which Drew credits as aiding his musical diversity), Drew moved to the U.S.A. when he was four-years old and began DJ’ing at the tender age of sixteen with the hopes of one day realizing his dreams of being a major music producer. Upon graduating from Full Sail University’s Recording Arts Program in 2003, Drew began engineering for artists such as Trina, Pitbull, Swizz Beatz, Rick Ross, Shakira, Juelz Santana, Wyclef and T-Pain among others. While engineering, Drew began to pursue his true passion, production, spending all of his free time honing his skills and technique. In 2005 Drew became Cash Money/Young Money’s personal engineer, recording Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter II, Lil Wayne and Birdman’s Like Father Like Son and Birdman’s Five Star Stunna. During the recording of these three projects Wayne and Birdman both began to also see Drew’s burgeoning production talents as well and soon after both started personally requesting beats from Drew.
Although Drew had accumulated so much success at a very early age in engineering , in June 2007 Drew made a very risky and difficult decision to give up engineering too pursue his true dream—producing. “It was a very difficult decision and something I wrestled with, but producing has always been my goal, my dream and sometimes in order to take a step forward in life you must first take a step back” laments Drew Correa about his decision to pursue producing on a full-time basis.
After a few months of struggle with relatively little work, his kinship with Lil Wayne and Cash Money ultimately resulted in Drew producing countless records for both Lil Wayne and Birdman (including over a dozen or so tracks that were initially recorded for Wayne’s Tha Carter III); many of them were never properly released; but a few have managed to find there way online. Then in 2008, Drew received his first and biggest proper placement with Lil Wayne’s “Mr. Carter” which is not only notable because it resulted in Drew’s first Grammy nomination for the track, but because it also featured a torch passing verse from Jay-Z, as Jay lyrically passes the throne to Lil Wayne. “I already knew Tha Carter III going to be nominated for something as it was the biggest selling album of the year. Yet, when I heard “Mr. Carter” was nominated I was speechless, but happy that people were recognizing it and appreciating my music. Everyone thinks “Mr. Carter” is a sampled record, but it’s all original composition. I told Wayne I have this crazy record you need to hear and he was in the middle of recording another song at the time, as soon as I played him the track that would become “Mr. Carter” he went crazy and told the engineer to put it on immediately; that’s why in the beginning of the song you hear Wayne say “yo Drew and Inf did this crazy shit” because he cut off the prior track so abruptly and went right into “Mr. Carter.” I was in shock when Wayne did the whole record in ten-minutes. Five months later, Wayne’s manager called me and told me Jay-Z was about to jump on it—I thought he was joking. When I heard the final version and heard Jay’s verse where he says the line about passing on the torch to Wayne (“I’m right here/ in my chair/with my crown and my dear/Queen Bee as I share/mic time with my heir”) I lost my mind. I feel very blessed that Wayne and Jay collaborated on my track, I feel as though I was involved in something very historic” Drew comments.
Working with Lil Wayne has undeniably raised Drew Correa’s profile, but it’s his versatile production that has catapulted him as one of Hip-Hop’s fastest rising and most sought after producers. In addition to co-producing (along with partner Infamous) the lead-single, “Prom Queen,” (link: http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1603504/20090126/lil_wayne.jhtml) from Lil Wayne’s highly-anticipated Rock-infused LP, Rebirth, which will be released on 4-7-09 and will include four tracks produced by Drew Correa (“Prom Queen,” “I Am Not A Human being,” “Rock Out Wit Your *ock Out” and *uck Today.”
Though most of Drew’s work with Lil Wayne happens spontaneously, the recording session that resulted in the creation of “Prom Queen” even took Drew by surprise as he states “Wayne called me one day and asked me to come through the studio because he just wanted to jam out some. When I got there I started messing around with the drums, Wayne was on the Guitar and Infamous was playing Bass. We were really just jamming out and in the process I started adding organs and synths, but then Wayne looked at me and said “no where doing straight up Rock And Roll.” We ended up doing three tracks that night (just instrumentals with no vocals laid down) just messing around. I really did not think anything of it and on the way back home from the studio I told Infamous that Wayne is really on some next shit. Three weeks later Wayne calls me back up and wanted to work more, so I went to the studio and Wayne starts playing the three rock records we worked on previously and this time he had his vocals on them all and the last track he played me was “Prom Queen.” Honestly, I was blown away and I told him he was a genius. It was then Wayne told me that “Prom Queen” was going to be the single, it was a surreal moment.”
With a very bright future ahead of him, Drew is on the cusp of stardom as he is also in the studio collaborating with luminaries such as Rihanna, Lupe Fiasco, Rick Ross, Tha Clipse, Gym Class Heroes, Birdman, Cassidy, Paulino Rubio and has also contributed production to Lil Wayne and Juelz Santana’s highly-anticipated collaborative project I Can’t Feel My Face. Yet, Drew Correa is not fazed at all by the attention he is receiving, as for him, its all about the work “I love being different and challenging myself as a producer. I don’t believe in having a signature sound. I want someone to be shocked and have no clue (musically) that the person who did “Prom Queen” and “Mr. Carter” is one and the same” quips Drew.