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Tyree Cinque Simmons (born April 22, 1978),[1] professionally known as DJ Drama, is an American disc jockey (DJ) and record executive from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He initially gained recognition as the official DJ for Atlanta-based rapper T.I.
T.I.
He is perhaps best known for hosting several mixtapes, most notably his successful Gangsta Grillz series. He is also known for doing the Dedication series with New Orleans-bred rapper Lil Wayne, with the New York Times
New York Times
calling Dedication 2
Dedication 2
one of the "10 best recordings of 2006".[2] DJ Drama
DJ Drama
along with DJ Sense, founded Aphilliates Music Group, in 2003. The Aphilliates Music Group signed a joint venture deal with Asylum Records in 2006. As of January 2011, The Aphilliates now operates as its own entity, due to DJ Drama
DJ Drama
recently cutting ties with La the Darkman and Embassy Entertainment.[3] In December 2007, Drama released his first studio album, Gangsta Grillz: The Album, under Atlantic Records, as well as T.I.'s label, Grand Hustle Records. His second album was the sequel Gangsta Grillz: The Album (Vol. 2), which was released in May 2009, under Atlantic and Grand Hustle. After leaving Grand Hustle and Atlantic to focus on Aphilliates Music Group, Drama released his third album Third Power, under E1 Music
E1 Music
and Aphilliates. In October 2012, Drama released his fourth album Quality Street Music, under E1 and Aphilliates. In January 2014, it was announced that DJ Drama was the new A&R for Atlantic Records. On July 22, 2016, he released his fifth album Quality Street Music
Quality Street Music
2.

Contents

1 Career

1.1 2003–08: Career beginnings and Gangsta Grillz: The Album series 1.2 2011–present: Third Power and Quality Street Music
Quality Street Music
series

2 Discography 3 Awards and nominations 4 References 5 Notes 6 External links

Career[edit] 2003–08: Career beginnings and Gangsta Grillz: The Album series[edit] DJ Drama
DJ Drama
alongside Don Cannon
Don Cannon
and DJ Sense, founded Aphilliates Music Group, in 2003. The Aphilliates Music Group signed a joint venture deal with Asylum Records in 2006. The first artist signed was American rapper Willie the Kid. DJ Drama
DJ Drama
made a cameo appearance in T.I.'s debut feature film, 2006's ATL. DJ Drama's Gangsta Grillz: The Album was released in December 2007 on the Grand Hustle label. The album's first buzz single, "Takin' Pictures", was released in 2007 and featured Young Jeezy, Willie the Kid, Jim Jones, Rick Ross, Young Buck
Young Buck
and T.I..[4] The album's lead single "5000 Ones", featuring Nelly, T.I., Yung Joc, Willie the Kid, Young Jeezy
Jeezy
and Twista, debuted on BET.[5] The second single, "The Art of Storytellin' Part 4", was released in 2008 and featured OutKast
OutKast
and Marsha Ambrosius. In 2009, DJ Drama
DJ Drama
released his second album entitled Gangsta Grillz: The Album (Vol. 2), the first single was "Day Dreaming", which featured Akon, Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg
and T.I.
T.I.
The second single was "Ridiculous", which featured Gucci Mane, Yo Gotti, Lonnie Mac and OJ da Juiceman. Both singles were released in 2009. The album sold 19,000 copies in its first week, and as of January 5, 2010 the album sold 41,022 copies. In March 2010, Drama appeared on American singer-songwriter T-Pain's musical television special Freaknik: The Musical, in a voice role as a radio announcer named Mr. Thanksgiving. 2011–present: Third Power and Quality Street Music
Quality Street Music
series[edit] DJ Drama
DJ Drama
released his third studio album Third Power, on October 11, 2011. The first single "Oh My", featuring rappers Fabolous, Wiz Khalifa and Roscoe Dash, was released on May 13, 2011. The second single "Never See You Again", features female singer Talia Coles and rapper Wale.[6] The Gangsta Grillz
Gangsta Grillz
album reunites DJ Drama
DJ Drama
and Don Cannon who had gone their separate ways for a few years after a lot of fighting and arguing as business partners.[7] The album debuted at #42 on the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
chart. In late 2012, he released Quality Street Music, his fourth album. The album was preceded by the singles "We in This Bitch" and "My Moment". The album debuted at number 15 on the US Billboard 200
Billboard 200
chart and at number three on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, selling 25,000 copies on its first week.[8] Quality Street Music
Quality Street Music
is DJ Drama's highest charting album to date. As of Feb. 7 2013 it has sold 51,080 copies.[9] On January 8, 2014, it was announced that DJ Drama
DJ Drama
would now serve as the A&R for Atlantic Records.[10] Discography[edit] Main article: DJ Drama
DJ Drama
discography

Gangsta Grillz: The Album (2007) Gangsta Grillz: The Album (Vol. 2) (2009) Third Power (2011) Quality Street Music
Quality Street Music
(2012) Quality Street Music
Quality Street Music
2 (2016)

Awards and nominations[edit]

BET Hip Hop Awards

DJ of the Year (Nominated)

Ozone Awards

2008, Best Mixtape (Hood Generals) with BG (Won)

Note: The award was a tie with Chamillionaire's Mixtape Messiah 3[11]

References[edit]

^ David Jeffries Drama. Allmusic ^ Samantha M. Shapiro, "Hip-hop outlaw (industry version)", New York Times Magazine, February 18, 2007 ^ "Andre 3000 keeps DJ Drama
DJ Drama
waiting" Archived 2008-02-18 at the Wayback Machine., Mixtape Mondays, MTV, August 4, 2006 ^ T.I., Jeezy, Jim Jones Blast Mixtape Raid On New DJ Drama
DJ Drama
Track. Rap Basement (2007-03-05). Retrieved on 2011-11-22. ^ Blog Archive » DJ Drama
DJ Drama
– 5000 Ones. illRoots (2007-11-17). Retrieved on 2011-11-22. ^ Reid, Shaheem. (2009-05-22) DJ Drama
DJ Drama
Already Working On Third Gangsta Grillz
Gangsta Grillz
Album. '' MTV
MTV
News.'' Accessed May 26, 2009. Mtv.com. Retrieved on 2011-11-22. ^ Rodriguez, Jayson. (2010-11-30) DJ Drama, Don Cannon
Don Cannon
Publicly End Beef For Mixtape. Mtv.com. Retrieved on 2011-11-22. ^ Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 10/7/2012 HipHop DX ^ "Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 10/21/2012". HipHop DX. Retrieved 24 October 2012.  ^ http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2014/01/dj-drama-lands-new-gig-atlantic-records-ar/ ^ Hale, Andreas. (2008-08-13) 2008 Ozone Awards Winners And Recap Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales. HipHop DX. Retrieved on 2011-11-22.

Notes[edit]

Interview with DJ Drama's sister after the January 16th raid, Mixtapeshow.net, January 27, 2007 April 2007 Interview, Allhiphop.com, April 2007 Jeff Leeds, "Cracking down on mixtape CDs", New York Times, January 22, 2007 Samantha M. Shapiro, "Hip-hop outlaw (industry version)", New York Times Magazine, February 18, 2007 "Exclusive: DJ Drama
DJ Drama
Q&A", Rhapsody.com, January 11, 2008

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to DJ Drama.

Gangsta Grillz
Gangsta Grillz
website The Aphilliates DJ Drama
DJ Drama
at MTV DJ Drama
DJ Drama
at AllMusic

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DJ Drama

Discography

Studio albums

Gangsta Grillz: The Album Gangsta Grillz: The Album (Vol. 2) Third Power Quality Street Music Quality Street Music
Quality Street Music
2

Gangsta Grillz
Gangsta Grillz
mixtapes

The Dedication Dedication 2 Welcome To The Traphouse The Preview Dedication 3 Gone Fishing The Demo Tape Number 23 Gangsta Grillz There Is No Competition 2: The Funeral Service Fuck a Mixtape 1140: The Overdose Turn Off the Radio Vol. 4: Revolutionary but Gangsta Grillz Gangsta Grillz: Code Red T.R.U. REALigion There Is No Competition 3: Death Comes in 3's Consignment Dreamchasers 2 The Lost Tape Dedication 4 Baby Face Killa Dedication 5 DJ Drama
DJ Drama
Presents: XXL 2013's Freshmen Class STN MTN / Kauai The New Toronto Dedication 6

Singles

"5000 Ones" "The Art of Storytellin' Part 4" "Day Dreaming" "Oh My" "Ain't No Way Around It" "We in This Bitch" "My Moment" "Wishing"

Other songs

"Pledge of Allegiance"

Related articles

Grand Hustle Records

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Grand Hustle Records

Founder

Clifford "T.I." Harris

In-house producers

DJ Toomp Lil' C Nard & B

Compilations

Hustle & Flow: Music from the Motion Picture In da Streetz Volume 4 G.D.O.D. (Get Dough or Die) G.D.O.D. II We Want Smoke

Singles

" Top Back
Top Back
(Remix)" "Memories Back Then"

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 7151230 GND: 1110993331 MusicBrainz: de23d637-20df-4b15

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