DJ Drama: Food For Thought

Step away from the turkey for a few words from Mr. Thanksgiving himself.

The food’s been cooking all day and it’s finally ready. The fam is in close proximity, but you have to ask yourself, what would Turkey Day be without Mr. Thanksgiving? After a year of Fed raids and name changes (his official name is now just “Drama”), the DJ is finally set to give hip-hop fans a new reason to be thankful when he releases his long-awaited AMG/Grand Hustle/Atlantic debut Gangsta Grillz: The Album on December 4th. Pay attention!

It’s good to hear that the Gangsta Grillz album is finally getting released. Why should fans be thankful?
Well, because it’s quite possibly the biggest, best mixtape album ever. It’s right around Thanksgiving season and I come to feed the streets. Because it’s quality hip-hop music in its finest form. My album is a symbol of us overcoming the powers that be, after the tumultuous year we had in hip-hop and because the shit is crazy from beginning to end.

What about the making of the album sticks out in your mind?
When I got raided, I had to put the album back together in two weeks. So for the early part of this year, I was hustling and bustling trying to get the album done. Oh, then there’s the OutKast song [“The Art of Storytellin’ Pt. 4"]. I gave Dre 3000 about 20 different beats before we actually landed on that song. I really didn’t think they were going to make the album because him and Big Boi were so busy and he just wasn’t connecting on anything I sent him but they ended up making the final cut. Also, we pretty much put the whole video ["5000 Ones"] together ourselves. A lot of people around the Aphilliates didn’t think we could get it done but we just went in there and banged it out and got the video done. And it came out great. A lot of the best parts of the album actually came about after the raid and when we got locked up. When you hear the album, there’s a good storyline to it.

What’s the storyline like?
Oh naw, I can’t give it away. You just gotta check the album out [laughs]. The Feds definitely make an appearance.

December 4th is shaping up to be a pretty big release day for hip-hop. Where will the Gangsta Grillz album rank amongst those?
You know…It’s quality street music, but that’s not really for me to decide. That’s for the fans to decide. If I was a fan and I had enough money, I’d buy all of them. I’m going to buy all of them myself. It’s about supporting hip-hop and everybody needs to show support. Shouts out to Wyclef. Shouts out to Hov. Shouts out to Styles P. Shout out to Scarface. Like those are all OGs in my book so I’m definitely going to support each and every one of them.

  • JAY STONE

    wonder if this nigga album will sell more that DJ Khaled.

    • da king

      Drama’s album is going to sell way more than both of khaled’s albums put together

  • JustKC

    His album BETTER sell more than KHALED! Khaled sucks! “We the best!” No! You’re not buddy. chill out with that. Drama is real. But is he still gonna be in competition with Saigon? I’m pretty sure he’s gonna change his mind and push the album out anyways

  • http://F.U.ENT Puncho

    Aye dram, i heard an Outkast song a couple nites ago on gangsta grillz radio and all i can say is……….Southern Hip-Hop At its finest. I Bet dis b tha best selling album/mixtape of the year.
    Sorry Saigon.

  • http://xxlmag.com King B

    Drama got a banger on his hands! No, for real I’ll cop, I dought he will push pass 60k, he is for the streets, and we all know the streets ain’t got no money to buy c.d.’s, just a bunch of broke ass niggaers.

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  • Puncho

    WTF?

  • jojo

    saigon got pushed back you dummies
    saigon quit rappin get up to date

  • Elz

    my dude dj drama comin 12/4/07

    yahh bitchez

  • daesonesb

    Saigon doesnt rap. He runs a fucking charity.
    So Dec. 4th is all DJ Drama’s.

    I’m surprised drama give interviews to XXL considering how he ran out in a little fit last year cause of Bol talking about philant johnson.

    You know, looking back its still crazy that bol said that shit about Philant…. bol used to talk alot of shit on here before splinter started censoring him.

  • THAT DUDE

    DECEMBER 4TH!!!!!!!
    I HEARD ALOT OF THE GANGSTA GRILLZ ALBUM AND ITS CRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZY!!

    DRAMA KEEP DOIN YA FUCKIN THING! FUCK THE HATERS!!!

    GANGSTA GRILLZ ALBUM IS GONNABE SICKENING!!!

  • Fred Claus

    Drama>>>>>>>>Khalid

  • yo daddy

    dj khaled is just a ripoff of gangsta grillz mixtapes. they have to sell more than khaled

  • Da Man

    drama way better than khaled and fuck any of you who think khaled is better come on that nigga is annoying WE THE BEST manshut the fuck up

  • fxbgfdg

    i think he meant ghostface instead of scarface, hes the one dropping the 4th

  • http://paidandpopular.blogspot.com Anthony to the S.

    This man doesn’t need to worry about anything besides dropping the album @ this point.

    http://paidandpopular.blogspot.com

  • ishbon

    dj drama, his mixtapes are good. they would be 96% better if he shuts his mouth!!!! no one cares about your struggle (supposed struggle).

    he was just able to catch on the “Wave” of down south music and capitialize off it.

    oh, can someone please check this white boy for saying nigga so much!!!!!!!

  • Rodjilius

    i like khaled tho but the thing about drama is that hes been around longer so hes able to get more and better people on his album thats just what i think but it should be better tho cuz drama is better but dats just my opinion i could care less what anybody else thinks

  • cheah

    man, drama dat nigga kid. if you aint fuckin wit drama, den you must want drama B. One.

  • J-Smoove

    damn that Art Of Storytellin Part 4 is probly gon be the best song on tha album

  • erick rojas

    FUCK THE SOUTH THEY OFFICIALLY,ONE HANDED KILLED HIP HOP!

  • atl-princess

    WHEN NY NIGGAZ CANT SELL RECORDS WHY THEY BLAME IT ON THE SOUTH? I MEAN EVEN THE GAME SAID THAT SHIT IN THE A BAY BAY REMIX LOL. NIGGA STOP HATIN THAT IS A WEAK EMOTION!!!!!!! AINT NOTHIN KILLED HIP HOP. HIP HOP AINT DEAD, IT HAS EVOLVED. EVERYTHING CANT STAY THE SAME MY NIGGA! ITS 2007 FUCK THAT DAMN NEAR 2008…SHIT WILLLL CHANGE. U AINT ALWAYS GONNA HAVE CD’S LIKE ILLMATIC’S AND READY TO DIE. SO I’M GONE END THIS SHIT LIKE THIS…..THE SOUTH AINT GOIN NOOOOOOOWHERE WE HERE TO STAY. I MEAN DAMN THEY HAD THE 1ST ANNUAL HIP HOP AWARDS RIGHT IN THE SOUTH. NOT NEW YORK (ITS HIP HOP ORIGIN)….NAW THEY HAD IT RIGHT IN THE ATL BABY. AND THE SOUTH KILLED HIP HOP? LOL YEAH RIGHT!

    P.S. IF U AINT FUCKIN WIT GANSTA GRILLZ…YOU ALREADY KNOW WHAT U CAN DO

  • Mr.Wang

    erick rojas where you from nigga. you probrably from new york ain’t ya. Much love to NY but ya’ll stay hatin’ on the south. shutup!

  • cleveland black

    this should that album underground head to cd buyer been waiting for. Plus the feds with the pics is real enough to me.

  • DJ Khalid

    We da best nigga! We nigga! We the best man! Listennnnnnnnnn!

  • http://www.hoodharddjs.com DJ Aaries (THE HULK)

    THIS MIXTAPE IS OFF DA GLASS…!!! WE TAKIN PICTURES IN THIS BIA!!!!!! I GOT UR BACK DRAMA ALREADY GOT MY 5 COPIES…!!! http://WWW.MYSPACE.COM/DJAARIES

  • SAMMYBO

    down south music REEKS

  • http://shaquillekareemblack@yahoo.com dj shizo cannon

    Stop, that is notunderground now ganster grillzs is and psc…4life

  • zacreole

    ishbon says:
    “oh, can someone please check this white boy for saying nigga so much!!!!!!!”

    Dude is Black. Or at least half Black anyway. Tech-niggly he’s as Black as Malcolm X was. Ever heard of the “one drop rule”? Legally, culturally , socially, & apparently genetically us high yellow light bright & damn near white niggas is just that. Niggas. Or, rather, African Americans if you prefer. Since you are so concerned about race you should feel proud of dude for both his accomplishments & his acknowledgment of his Blackness. Would you like him better if he acted like & said he was white? What does that mean anyway? SMH.

    It’s a shame you don’t recognize your own. Unless…? Well whatever. In the scope of & consideration of all things under the sun & possibilities in the universe it doesn’t really mean a mu’fuckin’g thing-his race or your opinion. I’m just sticking up for my fellow light skinned brethren. No offense intended. & for the record I’m not a fan of Drama or the type of type of music he usually mixes or rpoduces-matter of fact (with a few exceptions) I really don’t care for it. However I do support him & wish the brother the best. Really, why shouldn’t do the same?

    DJ Khalid says:
    We da best nigga! We nigga! We the best man! Listennnnnnnnnn!

    Yo Khalid, I thought you spelled your name differently, like withan “E”. My bad. I mean, you of all people should know how to spell your own name, right? Of course. I don’t know what I was thinking. Also, your second sentence, “We nigga!, at first I didn’t quite understand what your trying to say. After spending some time thinking about it I have realized that you are a very deep individual & I believe that you are practicing the Jedi Mind Trick of using subliminal messages to support the Barack Obama presidential campaign.

    You are very surreptitiously empowering hypnotizing the minds of America’s disadvantaged youth through your message of unity & your championing of self esteem & positivity. In your understanding there is no “I” in nigga. (?) No. Truly there is only “We” nigga. “WE THE BEST MAN”. SHOYORIGHT BABY. SHOYORIGHT. We Truly Are THA BEST. DJ Khalid, I listennnnnnnnned. & I heardddddddddddddd. Tha Truthhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!

    Dude, it’s so cool of you to come on this blog with the rest of us regular folks. I can’t believe it’s really you DJ Khaled, oops, I mean Khalid. Like, can I have your autograph?
    Gee, I hope I hear back from you soon.

    OBAMA FOR 2008-WE THE BEST!!!. WE NIGGA!!! WE BEST MAN!!!!!!!!!!!

    (OFFICIAL CAMPAIGN MESSAGE)

  • Real-Super-Thug

    Fuck you stupid people who think that Dj Drama is not black,because I swear that he looks like he is black,or atleast he looks like he have someone from he’s family who was or who is black. So you people probably jealous because when I seen him, he’s skin color did not look like it had shit or dirt on it. And I’m not coming back to this page.