Fri 31 Jul 2009
This past week, excerpts of Toshitaka Kondo’s September XXL coverstory on Young Jeezy leaked (via the homie Karen Civil)….revealing Jeezy’s harsh words about his former-musical-collaborator, DJ Drama. When asked about his relationship with the Gangsta Grillz DJ, Jeezy says:
“…He’s a cornball. You made millions off my mixtapes, to the point where the fuckin’ feds scooped you up for bootlegging. I never even made the money he made off of Trap or Die or Tha Streets Iz Watchin, because they were selling and distributing them and making money.
I’m not hating. But we will never do a mixtape together. I didn’t charge that nigga for [contributing a verse to the song “5000 Ones,” on Drama’s official Atlantic Records debut]. But then when I need [a tape for one of my artists], and you want to charge me $20,000?… I’ll slap the shit out of Drama. He knows that. He wasn’t loyal…”
This is hardly the first indication of beef between Jeezy and Drama. From onstage statements to altercations between Jeezy’s CTE crew and Drama’s Aphilliates crew (at the Notorious film premiere, and at DJ Trauma’s birthday party), the tension has bubbled over with increasing intensity.
But in response to Jeezy’s quotes, DJ Drama reached out to categorically deny the claim that he charged Jeezy for mixtape projects….
DJ DRAMA’s statement:
“After reading Jeezy’s unprovoked insults in that XXL article, it seems like the guy’s pretty emotional if u ask me! Maybe he’s dealing wit some things in his career, I don’t know. He did an interview a few months back with Elliot Wilson on RapRadar. and said the total opposite! He was talkin bout, “Drams the homie and we may work together again, etc.” Now I’ve never spoken on our issues because I believe grown man business is just that, and running to the media to whine is not my thing.
But more importantly, his statement about me trying to charge him $20k for a mixtape is a BOLD FACE LIE. I never charged Jeezy for nothin’. I did two Slick Pulla tapes (4th Ward Day, Election Day) for free and a Bloodraw tape (The Indictment Papers) for free. Anything Jeezy ever needed from me, I did without hesitation. He doesn’t want to deal with the real reason why he’s mad.
The tension between us actually started when I deejayed his USDA release party (FOR FREE) and I played a Gucci Mane record. He stormed out of his own party and didn’t speak to me for about 2-3 months. Me, being a DJ, I was just rockin’ the crowd and giving the people what they had been requesting. I don’t get involved in that other stuff.
I could go deeper into his angry reaction to me working with Gucci but, again, I’m a stand-up guy. I’m loyal to those who are loyal to me. I’m not even thinkin bout Jeezy. Why all the tough talk to the DJ who doesn’t say nothin’ about him? Jeezy didn’t say nothin’ tough when rappers dissed him like Pimp C.
I was shocked by his cowardly attempt to try to slander my name in the upcoming XXL article. And what’s the most shocking is to see him side with the FEDs in my arrest! Wow, since when did that become gangster?!? I’m chillin, never said nothin’ negative about dude. Check his character…or better yet, ask those around him that he’s done dirty. Ask the folks who ain’t with him anymore, like Coach K, Twin, his former security Big Sam, or my homie Roccett…
We doin’ our thing over here. I’m workin on albums, Gangsta Grillz Vol 3., traveling the world and celebrating success! And I’m still the Mixtape President!”