808 Mafia is an American hip hop production team, started by Lex Luger and Southside that is managed and signed to Brick Squad Monopoly. The group also includes producers TM88, Purps, Chance Tarentino, Be-Bop, Bobby Beats, Fuse, Tre Pound, J.Moss, 12 Hunna, Jaye Neutron, OG Taxx and Chris Fresh.
808 Mafia was founded in 2011 when rapper Waka Flocka Flame came up with the idea of a production team, made of his frequent collaborators Lex Luger and Southside. The group quickly expanded, adding a number of upcoming and affiliated producers, and is currently signed to Waka Flocka's label Brick Squad Monopoly. 808 Mafia has produced tracks for many notable artists such as Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka, Future, 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, Soulja Boy and DJ Drama among others. Its members have also independently worked on songs with Kanye West, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, Fabolous, Pusha T, and Wiz Khalifa.
The group released its debut self-titled instrumental mixtape in 2012, hosted by Trap-A-Holics. The mixtape was produced by and served as an introduction to 5 of its members: TM88 (credited as Trackman), Be-Bop, Purps, Bobby Beats, and Tarentino. A sequel called 808 Mafia II was announced for release on December 21, 2012, but was later delayed multiple times. In March 2013, a trailer for the tape was released to the team's YouTube channel. 808 Mafia II was released on April 24, 2013, via LiveMixtapes. It was hosted by Trap-A-Holics, DJ Scream and DJ Drama, and features production by Southside, TM88, Purps, Tarentino, Fuse, Chris Fresh, OG Taxx and Be Bop.
Joshua Luellen, better known as Southside and Sizzle, founded 808 Mafia in 2011. His major debut was on Waka Flocka's Flockaveli, where he produced 3 of the songs. Since then, Southside has worked with a number of major artists, such as Kanye West, Jay-Z, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Pusha T, Big Sean and MGK, among others. He is also an occasional rapper.
Eduardo Earle, better known as Fuse or Fuse Makes Beats is a producer from Bronx, NY. Recruited in 808 Mafia in 2011, Fuse has produced tracks for Waka Flocka, Wooh da Kid & Fetti Gang, and appeared on the 808 Mafia II mixtape in April 2013.
Nathaniel Caserta, known by his stage name Purps, is a producer from Los Angeles. In 2009, he worked on the score of the movie "The Collector". He met with Waka Flocka in the summer of 2010 and co-produced the track "Homies" from Waka's debut album Flockaveli. He collaborated on a number of songs with fellow producer Prince, as Prince N Purps, playing Prince's signature tag and on instrumental version some were replaced with Purps' tag "Purps On The Beat. He collaborated with Southside and Lex Luger on the Kid Ink, 2 Chainz and Tyga song, "Stop".
Bart Simmons, professionally known as TM88 or Trackman, made his debut on Waka Flocka's Triple F Life with the song "Lurkin". He has since produced tracks on major label albums by DJ Drama, Birdman and Nicki Minaj, as well as a large number of mixtapes by BSM and GBE artists. He is a frequent collaborator with Southside and a member of Dirt Gang.
Chance Tarentino, also known as $tacks Tarentino or Tarentino is a producer from Atlanta, Georgia who has produced for many artists such as Fetti Gang, Wooh Da Kid, Gucci Mane, Fredo Santana and other BSM artists. He is a member of Fetti Gang.
12 Hunna is a producer signed to Chief Keef's Glory Boyz Entertainment and later joined 808 Mafia through BSM. He produced many songs for GBE & BSM.
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