“Whatever happens, we making history, like always,” [artist id="1829009"]DJ Drama[/artist] said about the first-week numbers of his album and all the other rap releases that came out earlier this week.
Gangsta Grillz: The Album, Vol. 2, [artist id="1125"]Redman[/artist] and [artist id="933"]Method Man’s[/artist] Blackout 2, [artist id="502642"]Eminem’s[/artist] Relapse and [artist id="1043"]Busta Rhymes’[/artist] Back on My B.S. — hip-hop poured it on heavy Tuesday. There were a lot of releases by traditionally dope lyricists and Drama, a DJ who has a history of working with the best MCs.
“It’s going crazy, man,” Dram told us about his promo tour. “Different city every day. I’m taking over every radio station I go to. Doing the club thing at night. I’m out here working heavy.”
While trekking, the Philly native-turned-ATL mayor is getting video ideas ready for his next single, “Ridiculous,” which features [artist id="1938028"]Gucci Mane[/artist], Yo Gotti, Lonnie Mac and [artist id="3067178"]OJ Da Juiceman[/artist].
“That’s what it’s about,” Drama said about letting a song’s heat in the streets determine singles. “Me being a DJ, it makes sense for me. A lot of times, we as DJs can co-sign songs we believe in, but we also work for the people. I’m used to that — something just taking off and commanding its own attention and taking it from there.”
Drama is readying album number three as we speak.
“We’re already in motion on that,” he said of the third Gangsta Grillz LP. “I got songs that didn’t make this one that’s already on deck. I have a classic Philly song that didn’t make this album that will definitely be on the next one. I really wish it would have made this album, but it didn’t due to constraints and clearances. And I already started putting the calls to get the next one poppin.’ ”
But before he gets too far ahead of himself, Mr. Thanksgiving is thankful for Vol. 2.
“To be on my second one, working on the third one, I feel like now it’s not about proving what I’m about,” he said. “It’s about keeping the culture moving and keeping the quality going. The first one was an accumulation of everything in my career. This one, with the responses from it, it’s like it’s time to work. I’m back at it.”