Not to be confused with Drama (rapper).
Tyree Cinque Simmons (born April 22, 1978), professionally known as DJ Drama, is an American DJ & record producer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was first known as the official DJ for Grand Hustle recording artist T.I.. He is best known for hosting mixtapes, most notably his successful "Gangsta Grillz" series. He is also known for doing the Dedication series with American rapper Lil Wayne, with the New York Times calling Dedication 2, one of the "10 best recordings of 2006".
DJ Drama along with Don Cannon, DJ Sense founded Aphilliates Music Group in 2003. The Aphilliates Music Group signed a joint venture deal with Asylum Records in 2006. The first artist signed was American rapper Willie the Kid. As of January 2011, The Aphilliates now operates as its own entity, due to DJ Drama recently cutting ties with La the Darkman and Embassy Entertainment. In January 2014, it was announced that DJ Drama was the new A&R for Atlantic Records.
DJ Drama's Gangsta Grillz: The Album was released in December 2007 on the Grand Hustle label. The album's first buzz single, "Takin' Pictures", was released in 2007 and featured Young Jeezy, Willie the Kid, Jim Jones, Rick Ross, Young Buck and T.I.. The album's lead single "5000 Ones", featuring Nelly, T.I., Yung Joc, Willie the Kid, Young Jeezy and Twista, debuted on BET. The second single, "The Art of Storytellin' Part 4", was released in 2008 and featured OutKast and Marsha Ambrosius.
In 2009, DJ Drama released his second album entitled Gangsta Grillz: The Album (Vol. 2), the first single was "Day Dreaming", which featured Akon, Snoop Dogg and T.I. The second single was "Ridiculous", which featured Gucci Mane, Yo Gotti, Lonnie Mac and OJ da Juiceman. Both singles were released in 2009. The album sold 19,000 copies in its first week, and as of January 5, 2010 the album sold 41,022 copies.
DJ Drama released his third studio album Third Power, on October 11, 2011. The first single "Oh My", featuring rappers Fabolous, Wiz Khalifa and Roscoe Dash, was released on May 13, 2011. The second single "Never See You Again", features female singer Talia Coles and rapper Wale. The Gangsta Grillz album reunites DJ Drama and Don Cannon who had gone their separate ways for a few years after a lot of fighting and arguing as business partners. The album debuted at #42 on the Billboard 200 chart.
In late 2012, he released Quality Street Music, his fourth album. The album was preceded by the singles "We in This Bitch" and "My Moment". The album debuted at number fifteen on the Billboard 200 and at number three on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, selling 25,000 copies on its first week. Quality Street Music is DJ Drama's highest charting album to date. As of Feb. 7 2013 it has sold 51,080 copies. On January 8, 2014, it was announced that DJ Drama would now serve as the A&R for Atlantic Records.
DJ Drama has appeared in T.I.'s ATL and T-Pain's Freaknik: The Musical.