As we await news of Drama and Cannon’s legal situation, keep your eyes on the News section of the Gansta Grillz website for continuing updates:
“Police raiding the Aphilliate office and going on television and saying, ‘DJ Drama and Don Cannon are bootleggers.’ [Given] what mixtapes have meant to hip-hop in the last 25 years, this is a travesty. With what I’ve come to have as my career, to get to the levels of that and to get arrested … I am an artist, a businessman, and more than anything I am a mixtape DJ with pride, so I took the fall for the game. After that I said, ‘I took the fall for hip-hop.’ I said, ‘I stand here before you stronger than ever. Watch what happens next.’ “
“I saw cops jump out, M16s drawn, and they put me directly on the ground,” Drama recalled. “They were screaming and yelling, causing a ruckus. It was a shock, really. My first reaction was to stay cool, calm and collected. Under the circumstances, you got an M16 to your head, you follow directions. Really, I was confused. I didn’t know what was going on. I thought it was a mistake until I was moved over from where my vehicle was and the cop said, ‘Tyree Simmons, you’re under arrest under the RICO law.’ I was shocked.
“They took me away, and I noticed Cannon was being arrested, too,” Drama added. “They brought the dogs in there, basically asking, ‘Where are the guns and drugs?’ You tell them a bunch of times, ‘Nah.’ As you’ve seen on the news, they confiscated everything in the building. At this point, I was at the police station, so I saw it on the news like everybody else.”
“I don’t know, man,” he said when asked why exactly the Recording Industry Association of America had targeted him. “All I can say is, ‘Where do we go from here?’ Now I’m in the position to help the game, help the youngsters, let people know mixtapes are vital to the game, vital to the streets.
After getting acts like Young Jeezy and T.I. on the original version of the LP, he had to start over basically from scratch, since his hard drives are still sitting in police lockup as evidence. He was able to re-create some of the material, while other tracks, like his first single, “Takin’ Pictures,” are completely new. — DJ Drama Speaks Out About Arrest: ‘I Took The Fall For Hip-Hop’ Mixtape king previews tracks from forthcoming major-label release, Gangsta Grillz, Shaheem Reid, MTV News, Mar 30 2007.