Drumz, born Corey Banks, is the youngest son of 1981 BMI Song Writer Of The Year Larry Banks and soul singer Jaibi. Drumz is also the founder/CEO of Iron Kladd Entertainment otherwise known as I.K.E..
Growing up 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 scholorships 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, giving 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 eastcoast. 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 couldn't stop his growth. Today Drumz is incorporating both his singing ability and rapping skills to make a unique sound in music unmatched by any other artist.
Conceived in 1997 and incorporated in 2003, Iron Kladd Entertainment Inc. was formed out of Drumz’ frustration with labels who had neither the capability nor the willingness to nurture its hip hop artists effectively. Drumz, who has released independent mixtapes & street Lp’s under the I.K.E. umbrella, felt 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. Iron Kladd Entertainment was born in 2003 and has since then has never looked back. Now Drumz is poised to solidify his mark as a premier entertainer in the music industry.