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DJ Drama talks ‘Gangsta Grillz’ legacy and more on “85 South Show”

Legendary mixtape creator DJ Drama aka Mr. Thanksgiving is in the “85 South Show” trap this week.

DJ Drama on “85 South Show” Robin James

Legendary mixtape creator DJ Drama aka Mr. Thanksgiving is in the “85 South Show” trap this week. He came through to break down how he changed the mixtape game with Karlous Miller, Chico Bean and DC Young Fly.

Originally from Philly, Drama talks about how he got started and a few DJs who helped him along the way including DJs such as DJ Mars, who encouraged him to keep his stage name. Of all his mixtapes, Drama believes his most impactful ones are Trap or Die with Young Jeezy and Dedication 2 with Lil Wayne.

At the height of his career, the mixer became a “martyr for mixtape culture.” He talks about the federal raid that changed his life and how he bounced back from the adversity. He also shares the stories he has from working with some of the biggest names in rap history such as Young Jeezy, T.I., Kanye West and more.

DJ Drama on “85 South Show” Robin James

If you’re a fan of Madden, you may recognize Pat Summerall’s voice in a few of Drama’s mixtapes. His voice is used on DJ Cannon’s drops. Drama explains how those came about.

The DJ even discusses new projects he has in the works with his label, Generation New. Artist Seddy Hendrinx also shares how he snuck in the studio to meet Drama and eventually sign to his label.

Hendrinx, originally from Jacksonville, Florida talks who and what keeps him motivated as an artist and who he’d love to work with. Hip hop historian NuFace shares some projects from Drama’s early days, and the mixer explains what deejaying means for him today and what genre of music he’d consider going into next. For anyone who’s already working hard or trying to get started, Drama’s advice is to trust the process and do things that mean something you.

Catch this episode of the “85 South Show” on YouTube right now!

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