DJ Drama explains what really went down during the scuffle between Young Jeezy and Rick Ross.
While more people are coming out of the woodwork to weigh-in on the fracas between Rick Ross and Young Jeezy’s camps at the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards, one key witness - DJ Drama - has yet to give his take on the event. Now, Complex has reached out to the Gangsta Grillz impresario to clear up the confusion.
Drama, who briefly appears in the footage of the fight, said that the rumors of Jeezy and Ross’ fight ending in gunshots are completely fabricated. He recalled that he walked back with Jeezy from the main stage, and when the ATL emcee bumped into Rozay, only a few words were exchanged and some pushing and shoving occurred. He added that the footage that has circulated throughout the Internet shows only the aftermath of the incident.
"I saw [Jeezy] in the house. Then we walked backstage at the same time," he recalled. "Jeezy was walking one way, Ross was going the other way. They stopped briefly, exchanged a few words, and there was some pushing and shoving. That was pretty much it…I just heard a couple, ‘What’s ups,’ I didn’t hear what else was said."
He continued, “The video that you see is all after the fact. Jeezy wasn’t even inside at that moment, he was already outside. The confrontation in the video is Ross’ manager, Gucci Pucci, trying to get to Ross and the cops trying to stop him because they don’t know who he is. There’s no footage of the fight. That’s all afterwards…it wasn’t a fight. No shots were fired. It was a small disagreement, but it was a small disagreement between two very important and big individuals within hip-hop. It’s been the talk of the town.”
DJ Drama also hints at who listeners can expect to be on Lil Wayne’s “Dedication 4” mixtape.
Lil Wayne is currently at work on his upcoming mixtape with DJ Drama, Dedication 4. During an interview withRap-Up.com, Mr. Thanksgiving hinted at what listeners can expect on the project, stating that the offering will provide listeners with a glimpse of Mixtape Weezy.
"Mixtape Weezy, Drama Weezy, one of the finest collaborations in the game," he said. "One of the biggest and most known mixtape series of all time, Dedication. So you’re going to get what you’ve come to expect from that quality street music.”
Drama explained how the mixtape came to be, stating that it all began with a run-in with Wayne’s manager Cortez Bryant. “Me and Cortez [Bryant] run into each other a lot. We always talk about a lot of things, I’ve known Tez for a long time, but I’ve brought up Dedication to him a couple times. And when we saw each other in Vegas, he was like, ‘Yeah, him and Wayne had been talking about it. He said Wayne felt he was ready to do it, so it made sense.”
He also hinted that someone who appeared at Drake’s OVO Fest will appear on the tape. “I ran into somebody at OVO Fest. Drake was there, Rick Ross was there, Meek was there, Kendrick, A$AP, Nicki, Snoop… I did run into someone and had a convo and they mentioned that they might be onDedication. I’m pretty sure Wayne made a couple of calls.”
Lil Wayne also speaks about how he got bored with Rap.
Lil Wayne is taking his love of skateboarding one step further. During an interview with DJ Drama, Weezy explained that he’s putting Rap on the backburner so that he can entertain his love of skating, justifying his decision by stating that his fans “deserve some peace from me.”
“I picked up the skateboard and I thought it would be a hobby, but it’s a lifestyle. You have to be fully committed. In order to be fully committed, you have to live that lifestyle. What these young kids say right now, you have to be about that life. I guess I’m about that life,” he said. “It’s kinda of putting rap on the backburner, that’s all. Rap is a taking backseat to skating. That’s alright. But I kind of feel I deserve that. … I think fans deserve some peace from me.”
But before he dials down his output, the Young Money rapper plans on releasing his Dedication 4 mixtape, for which he’s rapped over beats including “I Don’t Like,” “Ca$hin Out” and “Burn.” For Wayne, his relative quietude in the game stemmed from his boredom with Rap.
"I just felt like it was time. I got bored," he said of recording Dedication 4. “Yeah, I mean, being me, I always feel like I ain’t done nothing yet, so I’m always looking for the next thing to do. But other than that, it does get pretty boring when it comes to the rapping and stuff. I’ve done so much of it, I’ve been doing it since I was eight. I’m going to be 30 in September, and I’m still rapping. So I kind of feel like I’m getting old.”
UPDATE #2: 50 Cent enlists Eminem, 2 Chainz, Snoop Dogg and more for his “Gangsta Grillz” mixtape.
50 Cent has announced the release of his upcoming Gangsta Grillz mixtape The Lost Tape with DJ Drama.
The G-Unit honcho, often credited for popularizing mixtapes on a mainstream level in the early ‘00s, is yet to release a project with DJ Drama. He last released The Big 10 in December 2011, and prior to that, droppedForever King in July 2009.
Fif is currently recording his oft-delayed fifth album, which is tentatively set for release on July 2nd.
UPDATE: 50 Cent has announced that The Lost Tape mixtape with DJ Drama, his first as part of the Gangsta Grillz brand, will release on May 15th.
UPDATE #2: 50 Cent has revealed the cover art for his upcoming The Lost Tape mixtape with DJ Drama.
UPDATE #2: The tracklist has been revealed for 50 Cent’s The Lost Tape mixtape, releasing tomorrow (May 22).
Young Jeezy’s “Thug Motivation 103” gets a new release date, while Mac Miller announces “Blue Slide Park,” and Idle Warship returns with “Habits Of the Heart.”
Today would have marked the day Young Jeezy droppedThug Motivation 103. However, in what seemed like a split decision, Jeezy pushed the project back to a date unknown. As a consolation, he released “The Real Is Back 2” (listen here and read the review here). According to the world of album pre-orders, Jeezy has moved the released date three months to December 20th. Now maybe this is a ploy to get some early Christmas sales in or perhaps this date will stick. Either way, there is an album waiting to drop. Earlier in the month, Bow Wow will bring Underrated on December 6th. Initially, Bow Wow had his project slated for a November 1st release. On that date, however, expect some goodness from Rapper Big Pooh, Torae, Tyrese, and Wale.
One week up on November 8th, Mac Miller has announced the release of Blue Slide Park. The Taylor Gang’s latest star has been making his presence felt by even collaborating with DJ Premier on "Face the Facts" as part of an upcoming mixtape with DJ Jazzy Jeffy titled “‘92 Til Infinity.” In other news, DJ Drama’s Third Power will drop on October 11th. Initially, Drama planned an August 30th release. However, October 11th seems firm, with the track "Never See You Again" featuring Wale already in circulation.
Looks like this Fall isn’t just for artists on the rise.
Casey Veggies - Sleeping In Class (Re-Issue)
Cormega - Mega Raw
DTMD - Makin’ Dollas
G-Macc - The Opera/Angels & Demons
Hollywood FLOSS - One Fan At a Time
Mary J. Blige - My Life II: The Journey Continues
Tragedy Khadafi - Thug Matrix 3
Z-Ro - Meth
9th Wonder - The Wonder Years
Evidence - Cats & Dogs
J-Live - S.P.T.A. (Said Person of That Ability)
J. Cole - Cole World: The Sideline Story
Nappy Roots - Nappy Dot Org
Phonte - Charity Starts At Home
Pusha T - Fear Of God Part 2: Let Us Pray
The Jacka - The Indictment
Myka 9 - Mykology
Drake - Take Care
Exile - 4TRK MIND
Maino - The Day After Tomorrow
Styles P - Master of Ceremonies
Cam’ron & Vado - Boss Of All Bosses 3
DJ Drama - Third Power
Icebird (rjd2 x Aaron Livingston) - The Abandoned Lullaby
Murs x Ski Beatz - Love Rockets Vol. 1: The Transformation
Roots Manuva - 4Everevolution
The Away Team - Scars & Stripes
Witchdoctor - The United Race Ov America
Idle Warship - Habits Of the Heart
Big Bad 40 (40 Glocc) - New World Agenda
Freestyle Fellowship - The Promise
Jedi Mind Tricks - Violence Begets Violence
Melanie Fiona - The MF Life
Statik Selektah - Population Control
Yelawolf - Radioactive
Rapper Big Pooh - Dirty Pretty Things
Torae - For the Record
Tyrese - Open Invitation
Wale - Ambition
Tech N9ne - Welcome To Strangeland
Mac Miller - Blue Slide Park
Bow Wow - Underrated
Tha Joker - The Phenom
Young Jeezy - Thug Motivation 103