A few days ago I posted about 25-year old Memphis producer ThankGod4Cody who worked on several tracks on SZA’s CTRL, which is up for several 2018 Grammy nominations. Later, I published another post with what I hoped was a complete list of Memphis-related nominations for the 60th annual awards.
This morning it was brought to my attention that I missed one, from yet another 25-year old Memphian: Teddy Walton. Teddy is a producer and songwriter on Kendrick Lamar’s “Love.”, a song from the album, DAMN, which is nominated for Album of the Year and Best Rap Album.
In 2016, a Memphis recording, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk”, won Record of the Year, the first Memphis track ever to do so. Will an album with a track from a Memphis producer win Album of the Year in 2018?
To make things even more interesting, Teddy also produced GoldLink’s “Crew”, which is nominated for Best Rap/Sung Performance – meaning a track he produced is up against one produced by his fellow 25-year old Memphian ThankGod4Cody, who produced SZA’s “The Weekend”, in the same category.
I’d like to take the opportunity in this post to note that two of the biggest records in the world in 2017, Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN and SZA’s CTRL, both up for multiple Grammy nominations, featured contributions from two young Memphians I’d never heard of until this week. As I have said on social media recently, I play music professionally in Memphis, I have this blog to try and cover the Memphis recording business, and I’m on the board of the Memphis Chapter of the Recording Academy, yet I’m still woefully ill-equipped to keep up with the new music being made by many young Memphis artists, especially in rap, pop, and contemporary R&B.
From the outset, I have always wanted New Memphis Beat to feature contributions from others. If anyone out there with a writerly bent who is passionate and knowledgeable about contemporary Memphis music would like to help me cover it for this blog, please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.