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 Umar on April 14, 2012 at 9:35pm
Comment by sneakywayz on April 14, 2012 at 6:54pm
Getting buck back would be a bigger buzz than anythang he got going now even the mixtape.y sign kid kid shawty lo Trav the Shorty Paris is alright what happen to sigel and jadakiss they were good looks but the unit hasn't been the same since buck and the game left 50 give the people what they want in the end it will u rich as hell a Billie or make music for the love of it or keeping making drinks and headphones
Comment by G-Unit Soldier88 on April 14, 2012 at 12:03pm
@99CENT - 50 is a busines man right? so u tell me this- what would create a bigger buzz for business (profit) - 50 doing a mixtape with no buzz at the moment OR putting young buck back on right before he drops his album? hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm - 50 cant do it anymore on his own- HE AINT GOT NO F***** BUZZ ANYWHERE RIGHT NOW - NO ONE IS F***** WITH HIM ACCEPT TRUE G UNIT FANS like myself and thats it! #youngbuck would be a HELL of a good idea - even if he did f*** up in the past, its 2012
Comment by sneakywayz on April 14, 2012 at 11:51am
Go time to sneak a young buck collab in the south wants him back were he belong and put yayo in ur will and tell him to chill
Comment by MATT on April 14, 2012 at 11:15am
Oh please Oh please Fif dont use them go go beats. Keep it gully and go grab some classic new york hip hop beats.
Comment by st Vincent st west on April 14, 2012 at 10:07am
Bring Buck Back#
Comment by Marvin Bernard on April 14, 2012 at 9:26am
Make sure to catch Yayo on HBO 24/7 flaunting all his cash w/ the MoneyTeam. Instead of singing like Ray J, Yayo is going to drop a few bars!!!
Comment by BUM A** N**** on April 14, 2012 at 7:45am
@g-unitsoilder88- n**** f*** young buck. 50 need to concentrate on 50 right now. if buck would've never been doing all that coke and buying s*** he wasnt suppose to buy, and had invested his money the way a G would, and acted in place and loyal to g-unit, than he would'nt be in this mess in the first place. 50 need to bring heat for this mixtape, thats all 50 needs to do...
Comment by DjBlackTop on April 14, 2012 at 7:16am
fingers crossed.... 808's and dope cased and gun smoke a lotta b****** getting f***** alot of money getting made this is what you want GG=50 masterpiece
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