COREY DRUMZ the youngest son of 1981 BMI Song Writer Of The Year, Larry Banks and soul singer Jaibi joins the Global AttackPosted by: Scott / Category: Artists
Born Corey L. Banks, Drumz (formerly known as CeStyle) is the youngest son of 1981 BMI Song Writer Of The Year, Larry Banks and soul singer Jaibi.
Raised in Hollis Queens NYC, in a household where music came as natural as breathing, Drumz took to it like a sponge. Getting his knowledge of writing and song structure from his father and his emotional delivery and voice from his mother (Jaibi).
Drumz was offered numerous scholarships to prestigious performing arts schools by the age of 13 but turned them all down. At the age of 14, Drumz lost his mother and become more street oriented. He gave up singing and started releasing his talents through Hip Hop under the stage name CeStyle becoming one of the most respected MC’s on the East Coast. At the age of 21 his father passed and shortly after, Drumz became a member of EPMD’s original Hit Squad as well as MC Serch’s Serchlight Mob (Nas, O.C. and CeStyle & Kamal B Wize better known as the group Total Pack). While in the group Total Pack, Drumz was signed to Columbia Records making history as being the first Hip-Hop artists to be signed to multi album deal without having a demo (the only other artist to do that before him was Janice Joplin who ironically was also signed to Columbia Records). The deal with Columbia didn’t work to Drumz’ advantage due to creative differences between himself and his partner at the time, Kamal B Wise, as well as a lack of guidance and attention from his label but that would not stop his growth. Drumz then signed a solo deal with Wild Pitch/EMI still using the name Total Pack and had 3 songs featured on the classic Wild Pitch Blends promo tape. Wild Pitch eventually lost its distribution with EMI before releasing his album leaving Corey stuck on the label for 2 years without a record being released. Through due diligence, Drumz obtained his release from Wild Pitch relinquishing them of all financial obligations in return for control of his masters. Drumz then went on to release records on various compilation albums with DJ Stretch Armstrong (Stretch Armstrong Presents: Lessons 1 and 2) as well as a various 12″ inch singles. Changing his stage name in 2002 from CeStyle to Corey Drumz, today he is incorporating all of his musical skills to make a unique sound in unmatched by any other artist.
Conceived in 1997 and incorporated in 2004, Iron Kladd Entertainment Inc. was formed out of Drumz’ frustration with many labels that had neither the capability nor the willingness to nurture its Hip Hop artists effectively. After releasing various independent 12″ singles, as well as Mixtapes & Street LP’s under the I.K.E. umbrella Corey felt that the best way for his music and the music of many other emerging artists to reach its fullest potential was to create a vehicle dedicated to that pursuit. I.K.E. and ItsIKESpace.com are 2 of the main components of that vehicle as well as a merchandise line that carries wide a range of I.K.E. & Corey Drumz products from T-Shirts and jackets to sneakers, skateboards and more.
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