good. I'm loving life. I'm doing what I wanted to be doing for years,
so I'm happy to be here.
on the OZONE Awards.
That was hot. I brought two home. I won Best Mixtape DJ which was a good
look. There was definitely some competition in that category but there's
no denying that I've been doing my thing. It was definitely a blessing
to grab the Hustler Award. Everybody knows I make mixtapes but that was
something special to me. Whether you're an artist, DJ or anything in this
game, to be called a hustler in this game is a sign of respect. That was
a good look for me. Jeezy won the Mixtape Monster Award so that was a
good look because that was off the projects we did together. Also shout
out to Khaled, he brought two home. He's my brother and I'm so happy for
his success. When I was coming up I was inspired by a lot of DJ's and
I feel like we're inspiring a whole new generation.
of Khaled, did he make you raise the bar on your album after Listen! came
out so crazy?
and rightfully so. Me and Khaled have had many conversations. He's given
me a lot of advice and vice versa. It was great to see what he did and
see the quality of his album. Now I have to go in because niggas are coming
with it. He deserves everything he's getting right now. Khaled told me
if he didn't name his album Listen! it was going to be named No Budget,
which tells you what he was working with. His joint is banging and I'm
proud of dude. He passed the torch on to me and I have to hold it.
your album coming?
We're 70% done. We're looking at a December release date. We have a banger
with Beanie, B.G. is on there, I have so many songs to choose from with
Tip and Weezy. Conceptually I'm really trying to come with something more
than just a "compilation album" or a "DJ album." Gangsta
Grillz as a mixtape, I feel like it stands out and I want to make sure
my album stands out. Cannon's been going hard and he's been producing
some bangers and we've been getting some great beats from other places.
It's hard. It's like painting on an open canvas. It's all coming together.
We're definitely getting everything we need. With the support of Grand
Hustle and having Tip involved is great. Atlantic is a winning team right
now. As a label right now they're killing it. There are some great people
working over there.
you have a deal at Asylum now too.
Cannon and DJ Sense signed a deal for the Aphilliates. We had a lot of
options but Asylum was the best place for us to go. We're in the same
building as Atlantic and they're about what we represent. It was a good
home for us.
the first project?
Kid is actually going to be up first. He's featured on the "Cannon
(Remix)" and he's featured on my album. We're going to drop his album
after my album. We also have The Replacementz dropping after that.
have La the Darkman in the Aphilliates. What does La bring to the table?
La is an
artist but he's also involved with us on an executive side. Having him
on the team is great. La was part of a dynasty. He was a part of the Wu
Dynasty. Wu-Tang was there before G-Unit and they laid the blueprint.
Wu-Tang was a motherfucking movement. La came at us with a million jewels.
Plus La and Willie are family. Willie the Kid is La's younger brother
so he'll definitely be on Willie the Kid's album. They just put out the
mixtape together Dead Presidents. That's how we get down. La already had
Heist of the Century out and everybody already knows La wherever we go
and La has his fan-base and he's very well-respected all over.
made some comments about you when I interviewed him a month ago. Do you
want to comment on anything he said?
to say this: I'm getting money right now, I'm doing what I always wanted
to be doing and I'm happy to be here. I don't have any bad words to say
about anybody. I will say you can check my resume. I've been DJ Drama
since the 9th grade. I made my first mixtape with a cover in 1995. I had
been making tapes before that, but my first tape with a cover was inspired
by Doo Wop's '95 Live. I would just tell people to check my resume. I
was DJ Drama when I was in Philly. From the minute I've been in the game
I've always paid my respects to those in the culture that move the game
forward and Kayslay is one of those people. Other than that, I don't really
have anything to say on the subject.
interview with Kayslay, he also said, "No disrespect intended."
Did you see any disrespect in his words?
No. I didn't
take it as disrespect. I think I got disrespected by some of the comments
that came after that from what other people were saying in the comments.
I know what I do and I know the type of nigga I am. I'm 100% with mine.
I've been doing my thing since '92 and I made my first mixtape in '95.
My name's been DJ Drama since '95. Shout out to everybody doing their
thing in the game including Kayslay. Everybody doing tapes before me,
I see what they did. If you want to take it back, look at what Lovebug
Starski and Brucie B brought to the game. I'm getting money and I'm loving
what I'm doing.
of websites were saying there's beef between you and Kayslay after what
he said in the HipHopGame interview. Do you consider yourself having problems
Not at all.
going on with the Gillie the Kid/Lil Wayne situation?
all, I want to start off by saying that my integrity and principality
mean everything to me. I heard rumors that I was paid off to not do Gillie's
tape and those comments are 100% false. I will say this: I fuck with Lil
Wayne heavy and I fuck with Gillie the Kid heavy. Me and Gillie have been
planning to do a project for a year's time and I knew the two of them
had problems and me and Gillie had spoken about it. The problems between
those two have nothing to do with me. I made that clear to him. I have
to be concerned with DJ Drama's career first and foremost and The Aphilliates.
Those two gentlemen are at war and I did not get in the situation where
I'm not going to do a tape with Gillie. I would love to do it and I've
had respect for him for years since he was on Suave House. As of right
now I took myself out of the equation because I knew they would shoot
darts at each other and I don't want to be involved in that.
Gillie mixtape going to happen?
I hope it
does happen. I definitely hope it does happen.
helping Gillie ruin your relationship with Wayne?
No. I have
a relationship with everybody in the game. I'm a DJ. Emcees throw darts
at each other all the time. A lot of darts have been thrown on Gangsta
Grillz. I work with everybody but in a situation of war...this is like
countries going to war and I'm a country of my own. When two countries
are at war, I can't be a part of war. At the same time, just because people
have problems, doesn't mean that affects me. People have been having problems
on mixtapes for years. It just got to a very climatic point. Because I
fuck with everybody so hard, I took it upon myself under these circumstances
to fall back for the moment which does not mean that me and Gillie do
not have business.
were rumors that Lil Wayne stepped to you and Gillie at a radio station.
new one to me. I haven't heard that one.
ghostwriting rumors are true, will that hurt Wayne's career?
them. I think Wayne's a beast.
happy with how TI's King has done?
yeah. That shit is doing incredible. It's doing phenomenal.
it filming your cameo in ATL?
It was great.
It was a good look for your boy. I just did another movie. It should be
out at the end of the year. It's called Step Show. I wound up getting
me another little cameo.
you have been up on stage with TI at the BET Awards?
Tip has a show, I'm supposed to be there, point blank. Especially for
some big shit like that. But I will say for his situation where his shit
went haywire, the nigga held his own. For not having no music and it being
the BET Awards, what he did on stage is what a professional should have
an issue between you and TI?
No, not at
all. It's no issue whatsoever. It's a big show and sometimes the powers
that be might not always understand the power of the DJ. Hopefully that
lesson was learned. Tip is my brother and that man has so much love for
me and vice versa that it would not even be a topic of conversation between
the two of us. That's my nigga and that's how it's supposed to be done.
Dro ready to come out?
I think Dro
is going to be all right. Dro has the hottest song in the country right
now. His album's coming out in a couple of weeks. He's going to do his
thing. He's going to be all right. Dro's going to be able to hold his
own, especially in a situation coming right next to Tip after the year
he's had. His album is incredible. He has banger after banger.
coming up for you with the Gangsta Grillz?
is the main priority. It's prime time for me. It's time for me to really
show the people what I got. Gangsta Grillz Radio is No. 1 in the city
of Atlanta. I'm going to stay in the streets and stay breaking new artists.
I'm going to let the little guys come up and become head honchos. I don't
ever want to forget the streets because that's what's made me. I'm working
on this album, keeping the buzz strong and keeping the movement moving.
you working on an Outkast mixtape?
to do Gangsta Grillz 16. The last one was Project Pat's Coming Home Party.
It's an honor to work with them. I was the first DJ to get Big Boi on
a mixtape and I have to check the history books but I may be the first
to get Andre 3000 as well.
happened to the Rick Ross Gangsta Grillz?
going to come out soon. We're still working on it. Me and Rick are going
in. Rick was doing his thing and I was doing mine. We're still going to
make it happen. Sometimes the mixtapes that come out after the albums
are just as good. Dedication came out after The Carter and you see what
that did. Sometimes you want to build up the anticipation for the album
but with my situation and what I do with the streets, they're always going
to check for us.
you think of Rick Ross's Port of Miami?
heard a little bit of it. I don't have a copy that I can ride to in my
car first. I'm sure it's a banger but I need to ride to it before I give
an opinion on it. I know what Ross does and I'm confident it's going to
be a banger.
have that Gangsta Grillz with Plies. Why should we check for him?
He has a
movement. I believe that everything is based on movements and Plies, plain
and simple, has his movement. He's killing the streets in Florida and
he's a nigga who's built not on commercial radio and still commands big
money for shows and sells them out. He's a real dude and he's coming with
some real shit.
done mixtapes with artists from all over the South and East. Is Drama
going out West soon?
I want to
work with everybody. I'm in talks with some people out there but I don't
want to say anything before it's finalized. The brand represents the movement.
If the shit is hot, I'm going to work with it. I'm steady on the grind
and you never know what's going to pop up with DJ Drama.
also been doing the blog at XXL. How's that going for you?
It's all right. For me, it's just another platform. To be honest with
you, I wasn't really aware of it until I started doing it. Since I started
doing it, I started checking them on other sites. It's another opinion.
Sometimes the opinions are straight out of somebody's mom's bedroom with
posters of Jay-Z on the wall, but to each his own. I have thick skin.
I get a lot of hate on there but it's all good. I put so much work in
and I know how I got here. I'm not a critic. In the words of Method Man,
"Fuck a critic who talk about it while I live it." You're not
going to catch me dissing somebody or criticizing somebody's opinion.
I'm in the game to move the culture forward and I respect everybody that's
doing their thing because I know how hard it was to get here. I don't
need to diss niggas. I write my shit and move on. I've actually stopped
reading the comments.
you want to say to everybody?
the support. I've been grinding from day one to get to where I'm at. I
believe in the culture and I believe in the past and the future. I'm doing
what I'm doing because I'm carrying the torch for who came before me and
I'm doing it for the niggas coming up who are going to do it in a couple
years. I'm living proof that you can do it. Just pay attention.