DJ Drama and Gangsta Grillz: the Dirty South People’s Choice

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DJ Drama’s reign as the South’s Mixtape King shows no sign of stopping. On Monday, November 29, 2005, DJ Drama took home awards in two categories at the First Annual Dirty Awards: DJ of the Year and Mixtape of the Year for Gangsta Grillz.The ceremony was organized by Radio One to recognize some of the “Dirty South’s” biggest and brightest stars.

Two Thousand and Five has certainly been a superlative year for DJ Drama. The success of his Gangsta Grillz mixtape series has garnered him international recognition and accolades from both peers and fans alike. And Drama’s reign as the South’s Mixtape King shows no sign of stopping.

On Monday, November 29, 2005, DJ Drama took home awards in two categories at the First Annual Dirty Awards: DJ of the Year and Mixtape of the Year for Gangsta Grillz. The ceremony, which took place at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta, was organized by Radio One to recognize some of the “Dirty South’s” biggest and brightest stars. Drama was honored alongside the likes of Ludacris, 8Ball & MJG, and Michael Vick, taking his place in Southern Hip-Hop history and setting the pace for all those to follow.

But what truly makes his two “Dirty’s” an honor for Drama is the fact that the winners were chosen by Radio One listeners across the South, via a website created for the Awards. “At the end of the day, that’s what really matters,” he says. “The streets made me. It’s not like I was on radio first, and then the people got to know my name. I made my name in the streets. The fact that it’s a Dirty South award makes it even more important to me,” he continues. “That’s the utmost admiration you can get when you’re not from a certain area, being accepted by the streets.”

The wins at the Dirty Awards are part of a continuing trend for Drama. This year alone, he was selected as the “Mixtape DJ of the Year” at the 8th Annual MixShow Power Summit and “Best Mixtape DJ” by Atlanta’s Hot 107.9 (WHTA-FM). He was also nominated for Justo’s Mixtape Awards’ “Best South DJ” for the second year in a row. In addition, Gangsta Grillz was named Vibe Magazine’s “Mixtape Series of the Year” in 2005; and the series’ Trap or Die edition has been recognized as XXL’s 2005 “Official Bootleg of the Year.” Drama continues to push the Gangsta Grillz brand to a higher level: the weekly Gangsta Grillz Radio show on Hot 107.9, co-hosted by DJs Don Cannon and Sense, is still going strong each and every Saturday night from 8–10pm; the Gangsta Grillz DVD Respect The Game was released to great reviews earlier this month; and Drama is currently working on the official Gangsta Grillz album, to be released via Grand Hustle/Atlantic Records in 2006.

For more information, visit http://www.gangstagrillz.com.

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Orlando McGhee