Don Cannon Reunites With DJ Drama, Starts A New DJ Crew


A few weeks ago, legendary producer and mixtape host DJ Cannon made a big leap in the music industry when he was named Vice President of A&R for Def Jam Records. Despite the cushy corporate gig, Cannon is staying busy with a new DJ collective he’s starting up with his longtime collaborator DJ Drama.

When Cannon hopped on the phone with XXL earlier this week, he said, “[Drama and I] are starting a new DJ crew called the Academy, to take some of the young folks and kind of teach them, give them the blueprint of what it takes to be that dominating DJ in the field and break these artists and become a big boy in the music business.” He elaborated on his mission, saying, “We want to bring new people in the game. And that goes for DJ’s, photographers, videographers, artists, and writers. We just want to build something that can help the next generation move on into this new world.” Finally, he humbly admitted, “That’s our contribution back to what the culture gave us and what we got out of it.”

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  • BrianRaider

    Cannon & Drama’s Aphiliates Mixtape Run Was Special! Around That Time He Started Making Tracks And Became An In Demand Producer When Go Crazy Blew Up! I Really Enjoy His Production A lot! Its Funny Because I Always Talk About Dominant Southern Producers And Their Styles But Cannon Prefers Samples Like An East Coast Producer! I Hope To Hear More Production From Him Soon! That 100 From Big Sean’s Detroit Is Phenomenal! A Truly Powerful Production The Mood He Exudes With That Track Combined With Murdergrams From Sean, Royce, & Kendrick Combined With James Fauntleroy’s Chilling Crooning Made For One Of The Standout Tracks Of 2012 & One Of My Favorite Songs Ever! Cannon Did This One T-Pain Track Called Test Drive And They Had 1 And Didn’t Even Release It Commercially… That Track Was Dope As Fuck Too!