TM88, also known as TrackMan 88, is a producer signed to Brick Squad Monopoly (a record label founded by rapper Waka Flocka Flame) and a member of the production group 808 Mafia.
He was born on April 4, 1987, in Miami, FL, United States. His real name is Bryan Lamar Simmons.
TM88 is one of the main producers responsible for defining and crafting the unmistakable sound of trap music which originated in Atlanta.
In 2009, he started producing instrumentals for Slim Dunkin, an artist at Brick Squad Monopoly before his murder in late 2011. TM said:
“Before [Slim] died, he saw things that I think nobody else saw. He saw this whole transition to us taking over the whole music game.”
In 2010, TM88 co-founded the rap collective and production crew 808 Mafia alongside rappers Southside and Lex Luger.
During an interview, TM88 said:
“We can change [hip-hop’s] sound right now if we want to. That’s just how it goes. It ain’t just us. It’s everybody in Atlanta.”
His first major production credit came in 2009 as a producer for Brick Squad Records.
In 2012, TM made his solo production debut on the Waka Flocka Flame song “Lurkin.”
He has worked with pretty much anyone and everyone you can name in hip-hop, including:
- 2 Chainz;
- Soulja Boy;
- Waka Flocka Flame;
- Gucci Mane;
- Young Thug.
”The first person I started working with was Slim Dunkin—R.I.P. my brother. Then I started working with D Dash, Waka, Gucci, and then Future.”
At the same time, TM88 is working with Atlanta up-and-comers—most recently with rappers such as Hefna Gwap.
In 2015, TM produced the song “Company,” which appeared on the platinum-selling Drake album If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late.
In the present day, he is in high demand, and he is locked in the studio on a daily basis.
“[I’m] working on me, working on making my beats better, working on everything.”
On April 4, 2017, the day TM88 turned 30, he woke up to the news that Lil Uzi Vert’s “XO TOUR Llif3,” that 88 produced along with J.W. Lucas, had debuted at No. 49 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. He stated:
“I was like man… that’s God! He’s helping me out. It’s some shit you really dream about, and then you actually wake up to that shit. It’s crazy.”
“Order” is the name of the newest song by producers Southside, 88, and rapper Gunna.
In December 2018, TM88 reflected on the then-fresh success of “XO Tour Llif3”:
“I think I’m in the studio more often than not, probably from 4 p.m. all the way to 4 in the morning. Sometimes from 6 p.m. to 4. It just depends, but I try to work on my craft because there are always more producers and more artists coming out so you want to be ahead of the curve.”
Here is a list of songs by TM88:
- Order feat. Gunna/Southside;
- Luxury Flow feat. Juicy J/Wiz Khalifa;
- TGOD Mafia Intro feat. Juicy J/Wiz Khalifa;
- Da Power feat. Juicy J/Wiz Khalifa;
- I See It I Want It feat. Juicy J/Wiz Khalifa;
- Breaking News feat. Juicy J/Wiz Khalifa;
- Cell Ready feat. Juicy J/Wiz Khalifa;
- Medication feat. Juicy J/Wiz Khalifa;
- Hit Me Up feat. Juicy J/Wiz Khalifa;
- All Night feat. Juicy J/Wiz Khalifa;
- On the Way feat. Juicy J/Wiz Khalifa;
- Hmmm feat. Southside;
- Stay the Same feat. Juicy J/Wiz Khalifa;
- Wesley Glass/Joshua Luellen/Miles McCollum/Valee Taylor;
- Bossed Up feat. Juicy J/Wiz Khalifa;
- Joshua Luellen/Sergio Kitchens/Bryan Simmons;
- Where Was You feat. Juicy J/Wiz Khalifa;
- She in Love feat. Juicy J/Wiz Khalifa;
- Itself feat. Juicy J/Wiz Khalifa;
- Green Suicide feat. Juicy J/Wiz Khalifa.
It took 88 three years to craft the beat that eventually became Lil Uzi Vert’s now 2x Platinum-certified single “XO Tour Llif3,”
During an interview, 88 explained:
“Since the 20 beats, I probably gave [Uzi] 40 more or 60 more. I kind of do that with every artist that I have a relationship with, whether it’s Young Thug, Future, Wiz Khalifa, Gucci Mane, Travis Scott, and a few others.”
Later he added:
”You gotta load them up. Those kind of rappers will do 100 songs and they’ll be like, ‘Alright. I need more beats.’ I’m like, ‘I just sent you 200 beats.’”
When asked about how he feels about Lil Uzi Vert’s now 2x Platinum-certified single “XO Tour Llif3,” he said:
”I woke up on my birthday and it just broke the top 40. Within three months, it went platinum. Another month after that, it’s double platinum. That was crazy. That’s my first platinum and double platinum [record]. It’s crazy.”
88 lived in Eufaula, Alabama and later moved to Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
TM88 – Net Worth
88 earns most of his wealth from selling sample packs, beats, or merchandise, to offering production services, or even just collecting his royalties the right way. In addition, he has an Instagram account with over 421,000 followers. A paid post on his Instagram account can easily earn him around $3,000. Therefore, TM88 has an estimated net worth of $2.3 million.
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