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DJ BOOMAN

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Baltimore Music icon Grant “DJ BooMan” Burley first touched the turntables at the age of eleven while growing up in his native city of Baltimore, and the rest is music history. 

The talented DJ and producer began his illustrious career in the late 80’s - early 90’s as a hip-hop DJ producing for a legendary Baltimore group called Amp Boogie who were responsible for creating their debut project “Gotta Git On EP” which is a rather collectible vinyl release in the diggers circle. Through the 80s and into the early 90s,  BooMan was a staple on various radio stations in the Baltimore/Washington DC  area. The years that followed saw BooMan merge his hip-hop roots and combine dance music elements that would eventually be known as Baltimore Club Music. BooMan joined forces with his longtime friends KW Griff and Jimmy Jones and formed the famed production collective, Doo Dew Kidz. The group became known for their unique style of merging Miami Bass, Chicago House, New York Hip Hop, and the raw attitude of  Baltimore music and dance culture. This sound would define his productions for years to come. Working with legendary DJ and Label owners Shawn Ceasar, Scottie B, and close friend  DJ Karizma; BooMan would serve as the First Engineer and one of the main producers for iconic label Unruly Records. Booman co-produced arguably two of the most iconic club records in the genre an ode to big beautiful women ``watch out for the big girl” and “Pick 'em up”. These were two of the releases for BooMan that would bring worldwide recognition and dance floor success over the next decade, earning BooMan international accolades as a club music pioneer. 

In the mid to late 90s, Booman split from Unruly Records and later joined Crooked  Streetz Entertainment releasing work with his group Amp Boogie and Trauma, and under the guidance of his mentor DJ Spen he had the opportunity to work on a remix of  Michael Jackson’s hit “Strangers In Moscow.  

Alongside his own productions, BooMan has built a reputation as a talented and prolific remix artist for well-established artists such as Diddy, Raheem Devaughn, David Banner,  Mullyman, Jazz (DruHill), and Mr. Fab to name a few.  

In 2007 BooMan formed a Super Group with longtime friends Jimmy Jones and  Baltimore Lyrical Legend Labtekwon known as 410 Pharaohs. The group would release their debut album 410 Funk on legendary producer/DJ Kenny Dope’s label Ill  Friction/Strictly Rhythm.  

Booman later teamed up with Bmore Original (DJ Excel) to produce tons of remixes and original production that would solidify him as a legend in the Baltimore Club genre. If that isn’t enough, in 2016 BooMan formed the boom-bap collective Dust Addicts with longtime friend and club music cohort DJ Kool Breez. The group has been tearing down venues spinning all 45 sets with the likes of Biz Markie and DJ Technics. If that isn't enough, he’s still spinning venues worldwide further establishing his status as a  pioneer in the Boom Bap Hip Hop and Bmore Club Music genre.

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