DJ Drama Credits Himself With Reviving "The Mixtape Game"

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 12: DJ Drama visits at SiriusXM Studios on July 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
DJ Drama says that he brought back "the mixtape game."

DJ Drama says that he and Tyler, The Creator singlehandedly revived "the mixtape game." The two collaborated on the album Call Me If You Get Lost in 2021.

“I Brought The Mixtape Game Back 2 Life (Thanks Tyler)…If You Can Think It, You Can Achieve It… ALBUM MODE IM REALLY LIKE THAT,” he wrote.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 26: DJ Drama attends the 2022 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BET)

Tyler released Call Me If You Get Lost on June 25, 2021. The project includes appearances from 42 Dugg, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Ty Dolla Sign, Lil Wayne, Domo Genesis, Brent Faiyaz, Lil Uzi Vert, Pharrell Williams, Teezo Touchdown, Fana Hues, and Daisy World. It debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, earning 169,000 album-equivalent units. The album later won the award for Best Rap Album at the 2022 Grammy Awards.

Following the success of the critically acclaimed project, Drama teamed up with numerous other rappers in 2022 including Snoop Dogg, Jeezy, and Symba. Reflecting on the successful year, Drama spoke about what to expect from 2023 in a tweet posted in December.

“Whatta Year Its Been… Im Humbled By The Love And Energy That 2022 Brought To My Life… It Only Inspired Me To Go Even Harder (Pause) … Thank You All For Every Flower Given, Every Show Of Support & Every Accolade Given… 2023… Watch What Comes Next,” he tweeted at the time.

To start 2023, Drama has already collaborated on a new mixtape from French Montana titled Coke Boys 6. They released the project on January 6, 2023, with features from ASAP Rocky, Max B, and more.

Check out DJ Drama's recent Instagram post regarding his impact below.


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Cole Blake is currently an Editor at HotNewHipHop based out of Brooklyn, New York. He began working at the site as an intern back in 2018 while studying journalism at St. John’s University. In the time since, he’s graduated with a bachelor's degree and written extensively about a wide range of topics including pop culture, film & television, politics, video games, sports, and much more. He’s also covered music festivals such as Gov. Ball and Rolling Loud. You can find him publishing work for HNHH from Monday to Wednesday or on weekends. On the sports front, Cole’s a passionate NBA and NFL fan with his favorite teams being the Indianapolis Colts and Los Angeles Lakers. He also roots for the Yankees whenever he finds himself at Yankee Stadium or the Red Storm when in the company of other SJU alumni. His favorite hip-hop artists are billy woods, Earl Sweatshirt, Cam’ron, MIKE, and Mach-Hommy.