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Young Dro

82youngdro.jpg“I’ve been serious all my life,” says 27-year-old Young Dro, just days before shooting the video for his hood smash “Shoulder Lean” in Atlanta. “But I find fun in my music.” Lacing his lead single with whimsical phrases like “lima bean six” and “salamander silence,” Dro has distinguished himself as an imaginative Southern rhyme sayer. But life hasn’t always come as easy to Dro as his creative wordplay.

Dro, born Djuan Hart, grew up in Atlanta’s impoverished Bankhead Courts projects, where to him hustling seemed inevitable. Sure enough, a 16-year-old Djuan succumbed to the streets and got shot in the back and stomach after a scuffle with “some old-school dude.” “I had to wear a shit bag for like a year,” recalls Dro, of his lengthy recovery. “I was traumatized from that. I couldn’t laugh. I couldn’t walk or nothing.”

Though Dro admits the experience made his behavior worse (he left school in the 11th grade, and spent his late teens and early 20s in and out of jail), hip-hop gave him hope. He’d been writing rap lyrics since the ninth grade; and eventually, with the encouragement of his boys, Dro decided to pursue a career in rap.

Beginning in 2000, Dro struggled through a series of failed record deals, including a stint on bass music icon Raheem the Dream’s Tight IV Life Records. In ’04, Dro’s career started to finally take off when he decided to team up with a neighborhood friend nicknamed Tip. “I had been trying to sign Dro since like ’97, before I was even trying to get a deal for myself,” says T.I. “Anyone with ears can hear he got talent. He knows how to express himself. And while that may sound innocent, he’s also comfortable around killers. There’s something so human yet unsettling about that.”

Signing with T.I.’s label, Grand Hustle, earlier this year, Dro has been busy readying heat-seeking fans for his summer debut, Best Thang Smokin’. Now, with a hot street record, loads of credibility and a successful label backing him, Young Dro’s in a position of power. “I worked hard,” he says. “I knew I had it in me, it just took a minute.”

  • Alex

    hey dro on fire all the way to his dressed to impress to his album with Drama he got that shullllrrrrr like sean paul from youngbloodz nigga cold no lie

  • JERSEY BOY

    hEY dRO HAS ALWAYS BEEN CLOWNING SINCE THE IN THE sTREETS PT 2 mIX CD HE ON POINT CUZ

  • DaRealestOutVA

    young dro tha best thang smokin foreal

  • Bizzle

    i can shoulder lean… iono how to dance tho……… this dude is real….. TI STILL GARBAGE THO

  • Bizzle

    i can shoulder lean… iono how to dance tho……… this dude is real….. TI STILL GARBAGE THO

  • Gmoney

    I take breath, the opposite of primotine mist…

    Red, black, n white chevy, now im ridin Deon, Put dem
    lights up in my rims, now im ridin neon.

    He spittin that FIRE! I am checking for this dude….

  • http://xxlmag tha best thang trappin

    I listen to dro alot I thinks hes an hip hop legend in the making T.I pick up somebody gangsta and not whack like most rappers I brag about dro at school everyday and play that I am young dro.Keep it up bro

  • http://xxlmag rell

    shoulder lean is off the chain i can’t wait till the Remix Shoulder lean come out

  • http://XXLmag.com westside money

    tight beat and hook but dude cant rap.listen to this,”dumping and punking monkeys,dont nobody stay with my moma but bunch of junkies.Ja Rule rap better.

  • Don From The D

    A! Dro spittin that down souf smoke and ride to muzik on the real, so all yall otha dudes hatin on the word play need to get money or get a deal.

  • Auntie Renee

    Young Dro is going to the Top… on a Grand Hustle….We Love you and Support You….

  • http://yahoo bigboi rab

    do your thang homeboi,god bless

  • NOLACAINE

    Listen to the words of a REAL down south young intelligent, handsome chocolate, hilarious young brother who has 8 more where he came from just as cute and funny and they are all real brothers how about that. Shoulder lean on that!

  • Pooh yo Niece

    Keep it up unc you da best thing smoking 4 real! Take it to da top!Like you said its GRAND HUSTLE team of KINGS OF getting rich! TEll them haters 2 back up off a PIMP its in our blood!

  • Shaniqua

    Hey Young Dro I think your single ‘shoulder lean’ is freash to death it is like the hottest sog out here hopefully you will keep up the hotness and keep making the bomb songs.
    Shaniqua

  • http://none That Nigga

    Fuck that nigga he fake just like the rest of them georgia country boys.

  • lil ceaser

    dawg tha nigga is tha truth, not just sholder lean get young dro dj drama mix tape best thang smoking………dro going to make a lot of these wack ass rapper step they game up

  • ReDiCuLouS

    BIG UP to Young Dro…his spit is off tha chain…teach’em what that “A” bout…fuck a young joc, bitch ass nigga…get a real deal nigga.~Holla~

  • TATE

    fuck that nigga come to georgia fuck boy.

  • john cochran

    He got some funny lyrics but I wouldnt buy the shit. I wanna see em do another type a song.

  • ReDiCuLouS

    Fuck a tate…bitch ass nigga…you come to tha O,NE if you wanna piece FUCK BOY!!!! Maybe you could learn how to type…don’t think they teach punctuation in the “souf” do they? LOL…bitch ass nigga…you the only nigga I’m talkin to dun. Bitch.

  • The ON1E

    yeah you is a bitch fo real
    tell him what up redonkulous

  • Ral

    man dro is a cool dude to work wit T.I made him i luv theme both

  • http://deleted Ral

    I give my respect to the grand hustle & “PSC if yall don’t like it kiss my ass fuck ass migga

  • http://deleted Ral

    fuck ass nigga

  • A Town Representa

    yo like the album says best thang smokin dats wat that nigga is right now and dat goes for any fuck boy hatin on da south.

  • http://none $Young Prince$

    Fuck “Bizzle”, “Westside Money”,”That Nigga”, and “Rediculous”. Yall lil boyz is pussy. T.I., Dro, and P$C is da truth.SC all day come see bout me niggaz!!

    $Young Prince$

  • http://none $Young Prince$

    On1e, you pussy too! NE body else hatin on T.I., fuck you!

    $Young Prince$

  • http://www.yahoo.com fhmoneymaker

    WESTSIDE MONEY u dont get the industry u have to make your 1st single a certain way so that it will appeal to all audiences and i believe he did this with word play. On record labels money is the main issue. But on mixtapes he might be nasty as hell but on albums artist have to maintain a certain image to make dat money.

  • http://www.yahoo.com fhmoneymaker

    $YOUNG PRINCE$ what part of SC u from?

  • youngdelta

    Wait till that rubber band stacks drop!!!!! I like dro cuz he lets niggas know d-boys gotta a sense of humor 2

  • youngdelta

    Wait till that rubber band stacks drop!!!!! I like dro cuz he lets niggas know d-boys gotta a sense of humor 2

  • http://www.yahoo.com fhmoneymaker

    REDICULOUS yung joc does look like an off brand mase and jeezy!!!!

  • http://www.yahoo.com fhmoneymaker

    hell yeahhh!!! i gotta fam full of d.boys and dey crazy az hell but dey r some trill ass niggas.

  • CLASS CLOWN

    YOUNG JOC, YOUNG DRO, YOUNG JEEZY YOUNG WUN, IZ THESE MUTHA F*CKAZ RELATED OR JUST LOSE ALL CREATIVENESS WHEN IT COMES TO STAGE NAMES…I LIKE YOUNG JOC I MEAN YOUNG JEEZY, DAMN I MEAN YOUNG BUCK…WHATEVA U CALL YA SELF THAT SHOULDER LEAN SH*T IS A GOOD CLUB BANGER AND IT SOUND ORIGINAL
    UNLIKE YA NAME

  • Bayarea_mexican

    youn joc, youg dro, whats next yound dre

  • Bigraw

    Dro may even surpass T.I as one of the best lyricts in the south.In fact thats not fair to T.I i am gonna say Dro is one of the best lyricist in all of rap period.

  • http://none $Young Prince$

    Eastover/ Hopkins, South Carolina

  • Dollar Bill

    CURRENCY, Keep Spitting Da Words!!
    Good Luck, My Man. DA EAST N.O. LOV YA!

  • $TMONEY$

    yOUNG DRO- NIGGA YOU OFF DA CHAIN WIT IT KEEP FOCUSED ON DA POSITIVE THINGS ADHEAD OF YOU AND YOUR POTENTIAL THAT YOU WERE GIVEN AND PUT DA *HATERBLOCKERS* ON FOR ALL THOSE HATEN NIGGAZ AND THE ‘COUPLE GRAND’ TRACK YOU DID WAS OFF THE CHAIN WIT IT KEEP IT UP!!!! CAUSE YOU THAT NIGGA!!!!

  • duvalrepresenta

    fuck erbody out this bitch who dont like young dro or t.i.

  • Dat Chick Breezy

    Dro is HOTT!! Bottom line..but yall on sum dumb shyt!!4 real!!Its kinda funny tho..yall sittin here beefin and wut not!! But the stupidest thing iz dat..automatically..if sumbody aint from yo area..you classify them as garbage!! I mean 4 real..yall need 2 get off this south vs. north, ny vs. ga, East vs. West shyt!! Take a lesson 4rm Pac and Big..and everybody cumin 4rm GA aint garbage..sum are but not everybody..jus like itz good and bad rappers cumin 4rm NY..itz like dat everywhere!! STOP HATIN..and let music be music..not Georgia music..or New York music!!

  • young ceaser

    T.I’s new album was wack p$p is wack but this young dro nigga got skillz

  • mursallus

    Dro got that heat for the street. whoever said he couldn’t rap is a fool. the first time i heard Dro was on Himan Sammy Sam underground banger “One way out”.

  • http://www.bootytalk.com PHILLY NIGGA

    YOUNG DRO HE’S CLEAN IN PHILLY OTHER NIGGA WHO GOT A SYTLE WEAK LIKE MILLY VINNLY YA IM DRUNK AND IM SILLY YOUNG DRO IS THE TRUTH. wIT A PISTOL I DO TRIGANMATARY, RUBBERBAND MAN ,I CAN SHOULDER BUT I DONT KNOW DANCE HOLLA drooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • Briunca yo niece

    What can I say I remember when you made yo single yes sir you was doin it den but now you wit grand hustle so you doin it better than ever. Keep doin you and always being silly. I love you Uncle Djuan…………

  • M.U. (Money Unlimited)

    Dis fo all yall hatas out there, Get off his nuts !!! Dro iz da shit. Go pick up that Young Dro Gangsta Grillz Day One. Listen to all the songs on that CD. Then make yalls bitch ass opinion !! 1

  • joker

    tha best thang smokin is dro letting his shoulder lean and i think this nigga is gonna blow up wit T.I. and grand hustle

  • http://youngdro.com briana pawnell

    young dro doing it big an your song sholder lean is the hit

  • TIs_Motivation

    Dro is hot and I like that mixtape he got out young legend 2 that shit hot.

  • dallastxkingb

    got damn a nigga go plat in 2 weeks and he still whack?..jay say he the best cuz of his work and niggas agree?…this nigga tip is the truth…u niggas must be def or somethin …everything he touch is money$ boi…. “get a benz i’ll value ur opinion then”
    ti king of da sawf

  • Big C

    Ay on Da real i Like that new dance tho my nigga That shoulda lean is hott. Get at ta boi and damn my nigga dro On fire. C’s up Cuz boi is gone.

  • cuzzo

    boyy, t.i on top and this nigga dro just might be better than tip, wow, that’s scary. i love the south right now, DO it young niggas……..And if anybody say this nigga can’t spit, they on some real ho shit, period……….

  • Yung Coda

    dem niggas tip an dro is da truth mane. dem niggas ridin’ on ho ass niggas. i bet you wont run up on dem the niggas mane.

    church…

  • http://blackplanet.com conbread

    dro an tip is da truth! marietta 2 da A all day> *Rubberbandstacks*YALL
    $grandhustle 4 eva$

  • Quita P

    Fuck “Bizzle”, “Westside Money”,”That Nigga”, and “Rediculous”. Yall lil boyz is pussy.Aint no more to be said hell y’all just some pussy eating ddik sucking hoes get a life!Dro is the best thang smokin check his Gangsta Grill w/Drama the shit is fire man.I fuck wit Tip cause he 1 of the ralest niggas down here and big ups for signing Dro real.

  • http://hip-hoponahigerlevol fuck the south

    fuck dro and tip they pussy fuck the suoth nigga is all about the east and the weast .Niggaz are rappin about sholder lening nigga T.I. should be rapping about when he got shot and fuck up by lil flip

  • http://hip-hoponahigerlevol WEST SIDE

    yea fuck the south they are all pussy
    WEST SIDE

  • houston chick

    “fuck dro and tip they pussy fuck the suoth nigga is all about the east and the weast .Niggaz are rappin about sholder lening nigga T.I. should be rapping about when he got shot and fuck up by lil flip ”

    stop spreading rumors, if you have the source post it up, other than that, shut the fuck up

  • juice

    ayo one tha mixtape day one. track 20 is tight as hell. even though over some dark beats he sounds like fiend from No LIMIT. but tha nigga is nice. i like his word play wen he talkin bout cars. cuz is legit. but they still and fukin wit tha DIPS!!
    $$$$$$$ JUICE OUT $$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  • Dirty South Boi

    Dat nigga dro be creative with car and gun references. Lima bean clip. Dat nigga wild. I like his style. Somethin new…

  • B dizzle aka lil Columbia tn

    Dro the hardest dude in the game.

  • http://myspace.com/hlhsscarface0071 Tim

    aye real talk Dro and TI da coldest rappers go get both of they newest gangsta grillz The Leak and Day One dem muthafuckaz off da chain still T.I. and Dro they supa old now but they got sum cold ass songs on em

  • http://myspace.com/hlhsscarface0071 Tim

    man yall fuck bois got T.I. and Dro fucked up on da real they da realest niggaz in da rap game and as far as lil flip go T.I. ended his rap career ti put a gangsta grill out bout 3 years ago called Down With The King done flips ass in aint nobody heard shit from him since

  • cool breeze

    DRO IS OFF THE CHAIN HIS DJ DRAMA MIX TAPE I LOVE AND THE CD BAMGING!!!!!!!!!!!!! KEEP IT UP BRO

  • GQ

    do anybody understand wat dro b sayin half of da time?

  • Donald Hedman

    I think, thwat if I had to rate this idiocy to a number, It would be 1. this is the bottom. I watched “Shoulder lean” tonight and found it to be the most immature, stupid, idiotic, senseless, pile of crap that I have ever witnessed. Young Dro is just one more example of a no talent, rich boy gangster that found a way to get a record deal with a company that has no values…. Atlantic. I pulled some real “bling” from there coffers tonight after watching this garbage, and will invest my money somewhere that has at least some idea what talent is. I have been in the music industry for 25 years… This is plain garbage that would have been laughed out on to the stree 20 years ago… it sucks and it always will!

  • Donald Hedman

    Edited version)
    I think, that if I had to rate this idiocy to a number, It would be 1. this is the bottom. I watched “Shoulder lean” tonight and found it to be the most immature, stupid, idiotic, senseless, pile of crap that I have ever witnessed. Young Dro is just one more example of a no talent, rich boy gangster that found a way to get a record deal with a company that has no values…. Atlantic. I pulled some real “bling” from their coffers tonight after watching this garbage, and will invest my money somewhere that has at least some idea what talent is. I have been in the music industry for 25 years… This is plain garbage that would have been laughed out on to the street 20 years ago… it sucks and it always will!

  • Trap Sumthin

    Fuck U Donald DUCK-ASS-NIGGA. Young Dro iz da shyt

  • http://andersondspsd.net D.A. aka Tha Birdman

    Everybody on here dont know about shit, young dro’s that nigga in michigan, we got madd love real talk. I could feel there whole little movement cuz im movin. check my music out on myspace at myspace.com/$treet$
    holla black…………..

  • http://andersondspsd.net D.A. aka Tha Birdman

    Tell DRAMA I Need him 2 i cant keep countin all this money by myself.

  • http://www.WordofSouth.com L.B.

    Check out our interview with Dro.
    http://www.wordofsouth.com/features/youngdro.htm

  • 415

    dro is aight.. but 4 real.. are u gonna do tha shoulder lean in da club? that shits wack as shit.. but he still spit hard

  • http://GOOGLE.COM MONIQUE

    HEY DRO IM YOUR NUMBER 1 FAN,REAL TALK I BOUGHT YO REAL CD (NO BOOT LEGS)I LISTEN 2 NUMBA 1-15 WITH OUT SKIPPIN 1 ITS JUST THAT HOT I WANT TO BE THE GIRL IN YO VIDEO “WE LIED” I TGHANK THAT SONG IS ONLY FOR THE REAL NIGGAS

  • westcoast nigga

    fuck dat nigga dro he whack as fuck nigga u need some mutha fuckin tune up attachments cuz yo fukkin lyrics are garbage u aint true muthafucka u suck mu fucka cheya!

  • westcoast nigga

    oh yeah i forgot to say one thing fuck da south its westside fo life lil punk muthafuckas yall south ni99as aint true so fuck yall westside!

  • jason

    HONESTLY, I HAVE BOTH OF DRO’S MIX TAPES AND HIS ALBUM. IM A RAP MUSIC LISTENER SINCE I WAS 9 IM NOW 20. I HAVE NEVA HEARD A STYLE LIKE HIS B4, HE HITS HIS LISTENERS WITH METAPHOR’S BACK TO BACK TO BACK AND STILL KEEPS THE MELODY AND FLOW OF THA MUSIC, BIG UP 4 T.I. RECOGNIZING HIS TALENTS. I BELIEVE HE’LL B AROUND 4 A MIN. AS LONG AS HE KEEP DOIN WHA HE DOIN!

  • gang man 17

    yung dro i love sholder lean its been playin everywhere n even in the streets. keep it up

  • Stax On Deck

    Dro iz Next To Blow

  • LANDIGGY

    that dro go hard tho .

  • janay

    dro is whats happening with his sexy choclate self

  • http://YAHOO.COM Lil E

    NIGGA FUCK THE WESTSIDE AN WHOEVER ELSE THAT WANT BEEF WITH THE SOUTH, YALL NIGGAZ ALREADY NO WHAT IT IS WIT DRO, EITHER GET DOWN OR GET ROLLED THE FUCK OVER CAUSE THE SOUTH DONE TOOK OVER, AN UNTIL YALL FUCK NIGGAZ SPEND A WEEK IN THE SOUTH MAN SHUT THE FUCK UP.

  • Tenicia

    Hey dro Thai Tenicia! Y know, anyway i miss u. good 2 c u doing ur thing im pround of u. Brings a smile 2 my face everytime someone metions ur name or i c u on t.v. Hope u read ur mails i support u every way i could, so hope that makes u smile! later!

  • Tenicia

    I Know, I know i made a mistake in my comment but u jnow wat mean!

  • dantrell clark

    i like young dro and his album. i also want to be like him

  • Flipp G

    Yo young dro my nigga u be killin it on erry song yo especially on da we fly high remix shit u killed dat yo lik “ice cream drop, nigga now im rididn koofi..” nigga u da shit..YA DUN NO!!! hit me up at..flip-g713@hotmail.com..

  • Jessica

    DRO I KNOW YOU HEAR IT ALOT BUT I’M YOUR BUGGEST FAN AND I THINK YOU CAME IN THE RAP GAME DIFFERENT AND I DON’T EVEN KNOW IF YOU ARE GOING TO SEE THIS BUT AS LONG AS SOMEBODY WILL KNOW I’LL SAY IT I LOVE YA MUSIC IT’S HOT AND REAL AND AY IF YOU DO READ THIS IT WOULD MEAN THE WORLD TO ME MY # IS (215)3073114

  • Birming-ham’mer

    leathal weapon on Ducati i got on my Danny Glover’s// naw this aint the movie but i shot 4 brothers// plus i got a Chevelle that flop 4 colors// cars without the covers my beat down low// my treble up high im the best thang blowing up DRO!!!

  • BABY COMPTON

    lil e shut yo punk ass up the south aint shit but a country of lil faggs like you loc you need to watch yo mouth cuz if you was down here you would have got yo jaw broken and so much more lil bitch ass muthafukka go suck yo daddies dick bitch!

  • http://XXLMAG.com Yung Tek

    Say yo fuck all these muthafuckers haten on ya bra, Dro you doin yo damn thang and listening to Dro gives a nigga in Waco,Tx hope ya dig so keep doin ya thang dawg

  • http://XXLMAG.com Yung Tek

    Aw yeah and 2 that westcoast nigga talking down on tha south I speek for all of us when I say FUCK YOOOUU!!!

  • http://YAHOO.COM BESSIE

    YOU ARE SO SEXY

  • BOSS DOG

    YUNG DRO IZ SICK JUS THE WAY HE HIS WORDS TOGETHER AND HIS STYLE IZ UNIQUE SUCH AS THE SWEATER AND THE LIGHT COLORS AND BIZZLE UR RETARTED CUZ T.I. IZ SICK

  • WESTCOAST_NIGGA

    nigga fuck yo mama i’ll whoop you and yo punk ass mama ass yall southern muthafuckas talk to fuckin much yall need to shut yall bitch mouths lil punks fuck yall the only thang i respect from da south was da civil rights movement but fuck the south and you tek go lick yo mama coochie hole you punk muthafucka!

  • Shanyia

    Man young dro you keep doin what you doin because you doin big things and trust me i know. i love you man

  • http://www.myspace.com/downsouthaffiliated4lyfe tharealtalkofdasouth

    ALLLLLLL YALL HATIN NIGGAZ NEED TA REALIZE THA TRUTH…DUDE FYA…LYRICALLY ON THA RISE…THAS REAL TALK 2…GRAND HU$TLE!!

  • JAVY STRAIGHT EASTCOAST

    every one on his cock cause he mad 2 hits man fuk him where he at now lmao i bet ya all feel stupid man he ass now everyone on plies dick he ass too