DJ Drama To Release West Coast Mixtapes, Working On Gangsta Grillz Follow-Up Album

He made his bones below the Mason-Dixon line, but DJ Drama is heading to Hollywood with his next series of mixtapes. Ok, more like Los Angeles.

“I got a trifecta of West Coast tapes coming,” Drama told XXLmag.com “I got Snoop Dogg’s tape, Tha Dogg Pound, and Terrace Martin.

“I figured if I go to the West Coast, I might as well come heavy, I might as well come strong, and who better to introduce me than the OGs,” he continued. “I’ma go with the veterans and then help introduce Terrace Martin to the scene.”

The Aphilliates top man said the idea for the Cali mixtape series started when he and the DPG announced they would collaborate on a mixtape. Then Snoop wanted to do an individual project, which Drama said would be titled The City Is In Good Hands. Then the idea to break a new artist came to mind. “He’s incredible,” the DJ said of Martin.

In addition to his West Coast work, Drama said he just began working on the follow-up to his major label debut, Gangsta Grillz: The Album. The Atlantic-backed project was released December 2007 and has sold around 200,000 units since. The Atlanta-based DJ was happy with the numbers, but thinks he can gain greater success with a more rounded single.

“Feds Takin’ Pictures” and “5000 Ones” were Drana’s two singles.

“For me and Atlantic, we both came to the understanding on what we did wrong last time and this is what we can do better,” Drama explained. “If we were able to push that many units strictly off of the brand that I created just imagine what we can do once we have that hit record, once the video is in rotation and once things are everywhere.

“I realize what I’m capable of doing and once we get that record, and get radio and TV on our side, we’re ready to go,” he added. “Other than that, I think my album was highly received. If you look at the climate today, I think I did quite good without a hit record or a on television everyday.”

Dram is looking to release his sophomore album this December.

He’s also working on a number of AMG projects with La The Darkman and protege Willie The Kid. The latter is set to release an independent mixtape album through Asylum Records.—Jayson Rodriguez

  • jtek

    spell check?

    • mr. fly as a pelican

      Haha. I’ve been fuckin wit some Messy Marv and Yukmouth recently. Them foo’s are purty legit.

  • [Crash}

    1st!!!

  • {Crash}

    1st!

  • L.A.L.A.L.A

    MAN FUCK THEM WASHED UP ASS RAPPERS!!!

    IM FROM COMPTON, AND I CANT STAND SNOOP OR DPG, THEY USED TO BE THE SHIT BUT FUCK!!
    THEY USED TOO!!!!

    SNOOP ALWAYS MAKING STUPID SHIT NOW,
    DAZ IS HORRIBLE!
    KURUPT FELL DA FUCK OFF!

    HOW LONG HAVE THESE OLD ASS WC RAPPERS BEEN IN THE GAME?

    HOW MUCH MONEY DO THEY DONT HAVE?

    HOW MANY YOUNG NEW RAPPERS HAVE THEY PUT ON THE MAP???

    NONE!!!

    STINGY ASS BASTARDS!!
    DATS WHY DA WEST FELL OFF!

    AYO DRAMA! FUCK WITH THEM CALI RIDAZ!!
    THEY BUZZIN IN DA HOOD!
    MYSPACE.COM/CALIRIDAZMUSIC

    • mr. fly as a pelican

      Yeah right fucker (well I agree wit snoop puttin out bushit) but Kurupt is tight as fuck and I’m from CO. Cop dat Digital Smoke with J Wells if you doubt.

    • Max Profit

      Wow it’s kinda true what u sayin but I still love all DPG’s no homo. But they can’t hold the coast up by themselves. I blame all the new niggas in the west.

      They should look at how hard the west used to work. No radio, but still platinum. What happend to the hustlers out there.

  • btizzy

    1st bitches!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! goodnight

  • 510

    There’s way more West Coast then Snoop and his click…

  • Pierzy

    DPG is gangsta…I wish they dropped as many mixtapes as Lil Wayne.

  • AZ40

    Hell yeah the west got a couple of niggas like G Malone, Crooked I , Omar Cruz, etc. he should’ve been came wit Willie the Kid, I can’t believe he still fuck wit Wayne after Wayne dissed that nigga, like them other djs said Drama is kind of a push over

  • moresickaMC

    f*cc Snoop Dogg. Give some new talent like Crooked I shine. Will Snoop be the only rapper on the West until he’s 60? Give new guys a chance

  • magnum

    ya boy also..where.s bishop lamont new mixtape?..the confessional

  • http://www.hip-hopkings.com Stu

    Gangsta Grillz got some good promotion and airplay. Wonder if the new project will be the same?

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/?p=22004 MrPresident916

    Co-sign wit tha dudes talkin bout fuck dpg n snoop.. i lik them both but man dpg been weak snoop done lost his touch wit tha streets.. Game is a vet now go fuck wit him or sumthin.. Snoop and DPG never let ne one else shine.. thats y crooked i made that song w’s down.. those so many otha cats from l.a and cali that could do more justice wit dj drama.. and forreals dj drama a pussy for still fuckin wit lil wayne that nigga is so overrated and tha carter 3 is weak.. most overrated anticipated album ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!! he should came ta tha bay and fucked wit 40 messy yuk ya boy keak ne but snoop and dpg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/thirdeyevisionaus Third Eye Vision

    I would like to hear DPG on a mixtape, if they have done it before they can probably do it again! Could never diss Snoop or DPG but I agree something like Drama could be used for many other artists. I don’t like what they saying about Gangsta Grillz having “single” material on it. I loved the first Gangsta Grillz album and if they are looking for mainstream attention then they probably will be making more of a pop album… Unless you after money, which unfortunately most people are then there is going to be more mainstream stuff rather than your hardcore tracks. That song with Andre 3000 ruled, well the entire album was off the chain. I am going to buy it regardless but please don’t change up your style!

  • Snakeyez

    Yeah I like both Snoop and DPG but their time has come and gone. Game is a a lil suspect, even though I like his music. I used to love WC rap but there isn’t much I hear now. And for clarification Crooked I is not new he was on Kurupt’s album Streetz Is A Mutha, track called Step Up with Xzibit and Crooked. That was in 99, almost ten years ago! He’s never gonna be THAT guy!

  • zloc

    XXL need 2 step they west coast game up yall only think of snoop and shit theres alot of talented real rappers in the west like brotha lynch hung, t-nutty,crooked-i,mr.criminal,jay rock, ya boy xxl stop hating.

  • WTF

    aint’ nobody checking for the trash pound anymore…they’re some washed up bums…smarten up drama and go make a tape with g.malone mitchy slick or crooked i

  • Rodjilius

    alot of niggas hatin on da west coast i see personally me i like snoop and i definately wanna hear dat Dogg Pound tape i wish drama would do a tape wit Crooked but it is what it is

  • northern california bay area

    come fuck wit tha bay area mang….