DJ Drama Speaks On Upcoming 50 Cent Gangsta Grillz Mixtape "I'm Glad It's Getting The Attention It's Getting"


Via The BoomBox


What started off as a passing joke between DJ Drama and rapper 50 Cent became something very real, very quickly. The head of the Aphilliates DJ crew says that he was genuinely surprised by the near-instant response from the streets one day after merely mentioning a collaborative idea to 50 at SXSW in Austin, Texas, last month.


"We ran into each other at my party out there," he tells The BoomBox. "I think I said a joke to him real quick about [doing a Gangsta Grillz tape], like, 'You playing...,' because a while ago we were supposed to be doing a G-Unit tape that never happened and we've been discussing some things. I was with his man Rene from G-Unit, went backstage after the show and mentioned it to him. But after that we never really spoke."


The next morning, Drama says he woke up to a barrage of phone calls and text messages. "People were calling, saying 50 went on Twitter and said he 'bout to drop the tape," he reveals. "So I was like, 'Cool. It's real.' It's good, because him doing that created a lot of anticipation and excitement and I'm looking forward to it."


Since the inception of Drama's Gangsta Grillz mixtape series, he's done tapes with everyone from T.I. and Young Jeezy to Dead Prez and Jean Grae. The Philly native has been a part of Atlanta's hip-hop culture for close to a decade, with his influence existing on a national platform for nearly as long, so it's curious that this particular collaboration with Fif took years to happen.


"It's just about the right timing and making it happen," Drama shares. "I was a fan of 50 and an employee of Shade 45; we were definitely in the family but I guess now is the time."


The news is official and Drama says they're aiming for a late April to May release for the project, titled The Lost Tape. But there's still the matter of upholding some very high standards on both ends. 50 Cent's career rebirth came through his 2002 mixtape, 50 Cent Is the Future, and DJ Drama's success kicked off almost instantaneously with the start of his Gangsta Grillz series, eight years ago.


"For me, it's a lot on the line," Drama states. "I think because it's a Gangsta Grillz [mixtape], because it's 50's first, because of what 50 means to mixtapes and because of what I mean to mixtapes. There's a lot... of ears. A lot of opinions. So I like the challenge, I'm excited for it, and I'm glad it's getting the attention it's getting because I'd like to be in the space where n*ggas ride to this 50, how they're supposed to ride to 50."


In addition to The Lost Tape, 50 Cent is recording his fifth album, tentatively set for a July 2 release.




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Comment by M.K.J... on April 18, 2012 at 12:20pm
Comment by mr.fresh on April 17, 2012 at 11:04pm
we want buck we want buck WE WANT BUCK YOU SEE HOW BAD YOUR RECORD SALES GOT SINCE YOUNG BUCK LEFT AND GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!STOP ACTING LIKE A KID 50 AND BRING THE REAL G G G G G G G G G G G G G UNIT BACK SON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Comment by top 3 = Ross/Banks/Kiss on April 16, 2012 at 9:43pm
seriously, the 90's and early 2k's is over ... b4 you could make serious cake just off of 1 single !!! today, if your name isn't Adele, Black Eyed Peas, Eminem, Taylor Swift, Kanye, And a Few Others ofcourse, you aint making serious cake off the music business !!! I would say lil wayne to, but ya would turn this into how 2pac is the best rapper ever and f*ck lil wayne when were just talking about making money off the music business !!!
Comment by Mr. I Am So Fly on April 16, 2012 at 9:35pm
This is what fif needs because right now I feel 50 has let a lot go far as the G-unit brand and I am not saying that being a hater because I have been a G-unit fan since the early mix-tapes. I feel that fif needs to come harded than ever before if he wants to make an impact in the rap game once more. Since fif has been out MMG,YMCMB has kinda took over which makes me sick because there once was a time when fif,G-unit was on everything. I just want fif to come back and show the people that he still has the hunger for the music he once had. There are stil plenty of fans out there me being one of them but to be honest we need Buck and I hate to say it but we need Game back as well. The way the roster is looking right now besides Banks I feel that we need some more ruff and rugged artist that is out there that would love to be signed to the unit. So fif if you are reading this please only you can bring back the unit with feat,marketing,keeping your ear to the streets and doing what people know you are able to do.
Comment by G-Unit Soldier88 on April 16, 2012 at 12:48am
Comment by HALF on April 16, 2012 at 12:40am
Comment by SoulOfDaReal on April 15, 2012 at 8:21pm
niggas want buck back bad. i think he learn his lesson so 50 should let him back in
Comment by Encore_ on April 15, 2012 at 6:05pm
already loookin forward to it^^ get em fif!
Comment by Tariq Yasiin on April 15, 2012 at 10:42am
G-Unit ain't doing well without Buck
Comment by MOST HATED on April 15, 2012 at 12:27am
plzzzzzz fiff add buck too the team this wud give the unit the buzz an power of the old 4 banks,yayo,buck an the boss ... not g*y yung money or anyone can mess with that .....

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