Happy Birthday, DJ Drama!
DJ Drama, born Tyree Cinque Simmons, is doing big things these days. In January of 2014, he was named the new A&R for Atlantic Records. However, many will always remember his barking ad-libs and drops on some of the century's most memorable mixtapes. DJ Drama turns 37 today (April 22).
The Philly-bred DJ has hosted a wide-range of mixtapes throughout his career, including Freddie Gibbs's Baby Face Killa, Meek Mill's Dreamchasers series, Fabolous' There Is No Competition and Re-Up Gang's We Got It for Cheap, Vol. 3. Of course, DJ Drama's most recognized is his Dedication series with Lil Wayne -- especially the second entry, which saw Weezy's punchlines transform into continuous haymakers.
He also released his own series of albums and mixtapes. The most notable is the Gangsta Grillz series, which included OutKast's "Da Art of Storytellin' Part 4" (the whereabouts of Part 3 is a mystery). His most recent album, Quality Street Music, didn't make too much noise despite featuring the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Tyler the Creator and Drake. It wasn't a total loss, though; the Drama-hosted The Iron Way from T-Pain continued the praise for someone who was once one of the most maligned popular artists.
Unfortunately, he had a run-in with the law in 2007, when he was arrested after police raided his Aphilliate Music Group office in Atlanta to stop the bootlegging of music. Authorities seized 81,000 "illegal" CDs, which were used by the DJ to help artists promote their own albums. Drama has put that incident behind him and his catalog of music proves he's been on the rise ever since.
Although he's moved on to A&R duties, DJ Drama is presumably always going to have his ear to the streets (he's worked with newer artists like Chicago's Lil Durk and Lil Bibby). And as long as he's DJ Drama, he's presumably talking in all caps somewhere.
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