DJ Drama turned in his grillz and put on a suit (only metaphorically), taking an A&R job at Atlantic Records.
Date: January 8
"The 35-year-old hip-hop entrepreneur has been tapped to join the A&R staff. The position will be based in Atlanta where Drama will continue to work out of his own Means Street Studios. It's worth noting that Drama and Atlantic share some history together. The Philadelphia native released two albums under their roof: Gangsta Grillz: The Album in 2007 and its follow-up in 2009. Now, instead of being the talent, Drama will be overseeing their roster of emerging rap stars.
'I'm extremely excited to embark on this new chapter in my relationship with Atlantic Records,' Drama said of his new venture. 'My first two albums as an artist were on Atlantic, and I'm now looking forward to working with Craig and Julie [Greenwald] in a new capacity, helping them break the label's next crop of amazing talent.'"—Edwin Ortiz