DJ Drama News

  • Ranking Lil Wayne's 13 Mixtapes From Worst To Best
    Ranking Lil Wayne's 13 Mixtapes From Worst To Best
    Apr 7, 2015 at 12:30pm
    Lil Wayne didn't get the nickname "Mixtape Weezy" for nothing. Over the course of hip-hop history, very few artists have used the art of the mixtape to their advantage as well as Weezy F. It's helped to blow up the likes of Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky and even Drake over the past decade, but Wayne's 13 mixtapes came when he was already a star. He didn't need the tapes to become a star, but they certainly propelled him in to GOAT territory by simply crushing the output of his competitors.
  • T-Pain's New Mixtape Will Feature Unheard Aaliyah Vocals [Update: Full Tracklist Revealed]
    T-Pain's New Mixtape Will Feature Unheard Aaliyah Vocals [Update: Full Tracklist Revealed]
    Mar 25, 2015 at 09:58pm
    The newly released "Wait a Minute" with OG Maco has us hyped for T-Pain's The Iron Way. After performing a 42 song set at SXSW, he sat down with VIBE and revealed the other features on his upcoming mixtape. Aside from Maco, The Iron Way will feature Bun B, Big K.R.I.T., and, most surprisingly, Aaliyah. 
  • T-Pain Announces "The Iron Way" Mixtape Release Date
    T-Pain Announces "The Iron Way" Mixtape Release Date
    Mar 12, 2015 at 06:40pm
    A couple months back, T-Pain announced he would be releasing a Gangsta Grillz mixtape called The Iron Way later this year. The project has now been given an official release date, and will be arriving on March 26th. 
  • DJ Drama Hints That Lil Wayne's "Dedication 6" Will Drop After "Tha Carter V"
    DJ Drama Hints That Lil Wayne's "Dedication 6" Will Drop After "Tha Carter V"
    Feb 2, 2015 at 10:09am
    We've only just finished digesting Lil Wayne's Sorry 4 The Wait 2 mixtape, but DJ Drama has alluded that Weezy will bless fans with another mixtape following the release of Tha Carter V, whenever that might be.
  • Top 10 Gangsta Grillz Mixtapes
    Top 10 Gangsta Grillz Mixtapes
    Jan 25, 2015 at 04:19pm
    Born and raised in Philly, DJ Drama has made a name for himself in the hip hop game over the years. While his career set sail after becoming the official DJ for T.I., he has played a crucial role in the onset of mixtapes in the rap world. The Golden Mixtape Era, which started about ten years ago, is now stronger than ever. During a time when the FBI and ICE were raiding mixtape studios, most mixtape DJs decided to lay low in fear of getting caught. DJ Drama did the exact opposite as he decided to take the leap and push forward with his Gangsta Grillz mixtapes.
  • Yo Gotti Announces "Concealed" Mixtape With DJ Drama
    Yo Gotti Announces "Concealed" Mixtape With DJ Drama
    Jan 13, 2015 at 03:35pm
    Back in December, we published an article investigating the "Pulling a Beyoncé" phenomenon, the act of surprise-releasing projects that artists seem to do now more than ever. After D'Angelo pulled one with his phenomenal album Black Messiah, we were wondering who's be the next to do so, and now it appears that Yo Gotti and DJ Drama will be the culprits. 
  • T-Pain Announces New Gangsta Grillz Tape, "The Iron Way"
    T-Pain Announces New Gangsta Grillz Tape, "The Iron Way"
    Jan 8, 2015 at 12:24pm
    Pain and Drama, two undeniably powerful forces, will be uniting in a big way later this year. That's right, before we get Stoicville from the one and only auto-tune phoenix, T-Pain, he'll be linking up with DJ Drama for a Gangsta Grillz tape by the name of The Iron Way. Although we don't yet have a release date, the artwork is available for viewing in the gallery above.
  • Stream Kevin Gates' "Luca Brasi 2" Album
    Stream Kevin Gates' "Luca Brasi 2" Album
    Dec 14, 2014 at 07:55pm
    After a long promotional campaign, Kevin Gates' Luca Brasi 2 is finally available in full for online streaming. Hitting iTunes at midnight tonight, the album features guest appearances from August Alsina, Rico Love, Rich Homie Quan, K.Camp and B.o.B., among plenty of others. The record, Gates' second in 2014, is hosted by DJ Drama.
  • A$AP Ferg Announces "Ferg Forever" Mixtape, Shares Artwork [Update: Tracklist Revealed]
    A$AP Ferg Announces "Ferg Forever" Mixtape, Shares Artwork [Update: Tracklist Revealed]
    Nov 27, 2014 at 03:14pm
    About a month back, A$AP Ferg announced that he was putting in work with DJ Drama on a new mixtape, and now we finally get a look at the presentation. Taking to Tumblr today, Young Fergenstein debuted the artwork for his upcoming project, which will be titled Ferg Forever. 
  • Tracklist, Cover Art & Release Date For Kevin Gates' "Luca Brasi 2"
    Tracklist, Cover Art & Release Date For Kevin Gates' "Luca Brasi 2"
    Nov 17, 2014 at 09:47am
    Kevin Gates has been featured quite a bit on the site lately, as he's delivered a few new freestyles and singles. Yesterday we got his "I Don't Get Tired" anthem featuring New Orleans native August Alsina, a reference to his heavily-used hashtag #IDGT. 
  • A$AP Ferg Reveals He Has A Mixtape With DJ Drama In The Works
    A$AP Ferg Reveals He Has A Mixtape With DJ Drama In The Works
    Oct 9, 2014 at 12:44pm
    Just yesterday, A$AP Ferg confirmed with XXL that his follow up album to Trap Lord is nearing completion. Now, in a separate interview with Ferg, the A$AP Mob rapper reveals he's got another project in the works, to precede his sophomore as-of-now-untitled album.
  • Review: Childish Gambino's "STN MTN / Kauai EP"
    Review: Childish Gambino's "STN MTN / Kauai EP"
    Oct 9, 2014 at 03:52am
    The evolutions of Donald Glover and Childish Gambino appeared mutually exclusive until recently, with the masses not completely sold on either. Glover was either "that guy from that show,” or “Troy!!!!” The Gambino character was viewed as a playful, non-threatening side project, by fans of Glover’s work, and other rappers.
  • Migos Reveal "Solid Foundation" Mixtape Artwork & Release Date
    Migos Reveal "Solid Foundation" Mixtape Artwork & Release Date
    Jan 15, 2014 at 07:50pm
    Migos made quite an impact with their YRN mixtape last year, and while we patiently await the sequel, the trio will be treating us to a new compilation hosted by DJ Drama. The Gangsta Grillz project, titled Solid Foundation, will see release February 2nd, also known as Super Bowl Sunday.
  • DJ Drama Joins A&R Team At Atlantic Records
    DJ Drama Joins A&R Team At Atlantic Records
    Jan 8, 2014 at 01:11pm
    DJ Drama is making moves in the industry. The DJ, most famous for his Gangsta Grillz mixtape series that spawned projects from the likes of Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy, has just been appointed to A&R at Atlantic Records. The new gig will find Drama overseeing artistic development of existing Atlantic artists, as well as recruiting new talent. His Mean Streets Studio will also serve as a space for Atlantic artists to lay down their tracks.
  • Lloyd Banks Announces "F.N.O. (Failure's No Option)" Mixtape Release Date
    Lloyd Banks Announces "F.N.O. (Failure's No Option)" Mixtape Release Date
    Oct 28, 2013 at 01:19pm
    After announcing the tape way back in January, Lloyd Banks has finally revealed the release date for his upcoming mixtape with DJ Drama. F.N.O. or All Or Nothing Vol. 1: Failure's No Option will officially drop October 31st. Grab it here Halloween night. The tape will include Bank's previously released "Drop A Diamond" track with Raekwon. Listen to it below.
  • Lil Durk Reveals "Signed To The Streets" Artwork & Release Date [Update: Tracklist Revealed]
    Lil Durk Reveals "Signed To The Streets" Artwork & Release Date [Update: Tracklist Revealed]
    Oct 7, 2013 at 11:13pm
    After many delays, Signed To The Streets appears to be finally coming out. Durk has released some new official artwork for the tape, and has announced that it will be dropping October 10th.
  • Nipsey Hussle Reveals Tracklist For "Crenshaw" Mixtape
    Nipsey Hussle Reveals Tracklist For "Crenshaw" Mixtape
    Sep 24, 2013 at 04:34pm
    After keeping fans waiting on a new project, Nipsey Hussle finally announced a release date for a new mixtape. The DJ Drama-hosted Crenshaw is due out October 8th, and now has a complete tracklist. The tape will feature guest appearances from Rick Ross, Slim Thug, Z-Ro, Sade, James Fauntleroy and more. Production courtesy of The Futuristics, 9th Wonder, and 1500 Or Nothin, among others.
  • Lil Wayne Says "Dedication 5" Is Coming In Around Ten Days
    Lil Wayne Says "Dedication 5" Is Coming In Around Ten Days
    Aug 15, 2013 at 09:45am
    Lil Wayne initially mentioned his Dedication 5 mixtape in his "Bugatti" freestyle earlier this summer. Following that we got confirmation from DJ Drama it was on the way, as well as a few details, but no date had been revealed. Now Lil Wayne has given us an idea of when we can expect the tape to arrive, when responding to a fan on Twitter.
  • HNHH Awards: Trinidad James, Jeremih, Yo Gotti, Problem & More Choose "Rapper Most Likely to Be..."
    HNHH Awards: Trinidad James, Jeremih, Yo Gotti, Problem & More Choose "Rapper Most Likely to Be..."
    Jul 4, 2013 at 01:44pm
    HNHH attended the 2013 BET Awards this past weekend, and while there we decided to give out some of our own awards. 
  • DJ Drama Says Lil Wayne's "Dedication 5" Is "Mostly Freestyles" And Will Have Skits
    DJ Drama Says Lil Wayne's "Dedication 5" Is "Mostly Freestyles" And Will Have Skits
    Jul 3, 2013 at 04:17pm
    We heard that Lil Wayne is working on a Dedication 5 mixtape at the beginning of June, when the YMCMB rapper dropped his "Bugatti" freestyle.
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